The Biden marketing campaign was hardly shocked: Its inner polls have additionally been worrisome.


The bitter numbers for President Biden within the new polls of battleground states from The New York Instances and Siena School didn’t come as a shock to officers in his re-election marketing campaign.

The marketing campaign’s inner polling had in current weeks discovered Mr. Biden dropping floor amongst voters of shade, a key Democratic Get together constituency, and trailing former President Donald J. Trump in necessary battleground states.

On Sunday, the Biden marketing campaign circulated speaking factors to its surrogates that downplayed the relevance of polling on the whole, questioned how a lot voters are tuned into the 2024 contest a 12 months away from Election Day and provided a reminder that previous presidents have had awful approval numbers earlier than being re-elected.

“Our marketing campaign is being constructed to win an election in November 2024 — not the subsequent New York Instances ballot,” stated Kevin Munoz, a Biden marketing campaign spokesman.

Biden aides pointed to a clip of Donna Brazile, the veteran Democratic operative, delivering a licensed don’t-fret message throughout a Sunday morning look on the ABC program “This Week.”

“I’m sufficiently old to keep in mind that Ronald Reagan was trailing in 1980 for his re-election,” Ms. Brazile stated. “I’m sufficiently old to recollect when Invoice Clinton was trailing, and Barack Obama was toast proper earlier than the 2012 re-election. Don’t rely out Joe Biden.”