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Reese Gorman, Congressional Reporter


NextImg:Biden campaign could count on these surrogates to excite voters about reelection

As polls continue to show President Joe Biden’s favorability rate slumping, voters also don’t seem to be buying his main pitch of Bidenomics.

According to the RealClearPolitics average, Biden’s approval rating is only 41.7%, with 53.7% disapproving of the job he is doing. And as he begins to ramp up his campaigning ahead of the 2024 presidential election, voters aren’t impressed with him out on the trail.

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“I think the way he can get the biggest clout is to have people campaign who are not him,” Michael Gillmer, a Republican who voted for Biden in 2020, told the Wall Street Journal.

If Biden continues to struggle to excite voters about sending him back to the White House, he might have to rely on these surrogates to hit the trail with him ahead of the 2024 election.

Gavin Newsom

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) has been using his position to take on and attack Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL). From challenging him to debates to fundraising off his name, Newsom has made it his mission to clap back at DeSantis.

Newsom has made clear that he has no intention of running for president in 2024 and that Biden has his unfettered support. Because of this, he has begun hitting the campaign trail for Biden, traveling to Idaho earlier in July to stump for the president.

“I’m really proud of this president, and I hope you are as well,” Newsom said to the crowd in Idaho.

Polling suggests DeSantis poses a second-tier threat to Biden. The two would engage in a tight contest if both of them were to emerge from their primaries victorious. However, despite his potency in a general election, DeSantis is struggling to convince Republican primary voters they should send him on the general election trail instead of giving former President Donald Trump a third consecutive trip.

Pete Buttigieg

After being tasked with stumping for Democrats across the country in the 2022 midterm election following the passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Package, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg has taken more of a backseat in the presidential after a slew of embarrassments.

But, Buttigieg still has the energy and name I.D. to stump for Biden and is often doing so ahead of the presidential election. He’s a regular on the Sunday shows touting the administration’s achievements while also defending the mistakes that have occurred under his watch.

Vice President Kamala Harris

While Vice President Kamala Harris is more unpopular than Biden, the RCP average has her approval at 40.7% and her disapproval at 52.7%, and Republicans see her as a liability to Biden on the ticket, she has still been out on the trail stumping for herself and Biden.

She was recently in DeSantis’s backyard in Florida, accusing the state’s “so-called leaders” of pushing propaganda on children.

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“We know the history,” Harris said in her speech. “And let us not let these politicians who are trying to divide our country win. They are creating these unnecessary debates. This is unnecessary to debate whether enslaved people benefited from slavery. Are you kidding me? Are we supposed to debate that?”

According to NBC News, Biden’s plan for his reelection campaign was to promote Harris’s work better in an effort to raise her profile and likability ahead of the election.