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Biden Has Shunned Campaign Appearances in Key States. Blame His Approval Rating

  • President’s sole political trip for week is to Pennsylvania
  • High inflation, recession fears have dragged on Biden approval
Joe Biden speaks during a rally for the Democratic National Committee in Rockville, Maryland. 

Joe Biden speaks during a rally for the Democratic National Committee in Rockville, Maryland. 

Photographer: Anna Rose Layden/Bloomberg

Joe Biden’s political travel schedule is lighter than his two immediate predecessors at the same point in the midterm campaign, highlighting the challenge unpopular presidents face trying to stave off congressional losses.

They are often unsuccessful. While Biden has raised millions of dollars for Democratic candidates this year, his party is still favored to lose control of at least the House, with polls showing voters concerned foremost about the economy under his watch.