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Sen. Coons Brushes Off Biden’s Approval Ratings, Highlights Democrats’ Electoral Performance

Senator Chris Coons (D-Delaware) appeared unfazed by President Biden’s recent dip in approval ratings, emphasizing the historical resilience of Democratic candidates in actual elections compared to polling predictions.

Recent News Poll Referenced 

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During an interview on Fox News Sunday, anchor Shannon Bream referenced recent Fox News polling showing a majority of voters disapproving of President Biden’s job performance, particularly on issues like border security, the economy, China, inflation, and the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Senator Remarks 

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Responding to these findings, Senator Coons remarked, “First, what matters is how people vote.  And we have consistently, as Democrats, overperformed polls, not just in the special election that just happened in Long Island, in the midterms in ’22, but in election after election.”

Recent Election Cited 

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Coons cited the recent special election in New York’s 3rd Congressional District, where Democrat Tom Suozzi triumphed over Republican Mazi Pilip, as an example of Democrats defying expectations. 

He also pointed to the 2022 midterms, where Democrats managed to expand their Senate majority and secure victories in gubernatorial and state-level races despite initial predictions.

Trump Underperformance 

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Additionally, Coons addressed former President Trump’s political influence, suggesting that Trump is “underperforming” compared to expectations. 

He mentioned Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley’s relatively strong performance in Michigan, where she garnered nearly 27 percent of the vote, contrasting it with Trump’s broader support.

Leadership Style Under Scrutiny 

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Coons further criticized Trump’s leadership style and ongoing legal challenges, highlighting voter aversion to the former president based on his conduct during his tenure and subsequent statements.

Ongoing Competition Highlighted 

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While specific polling data referenced by Coons was not provided, recent polls have indicated ongoing competitiveness between Trump and Biden.

Importance of Actual Voting Outcomes 

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Despite Trump’s slight lead over Biden in some national polling indexes, Coons underscored the significance of actual voting outcomes over polling predictions.

Failure Pointed Out 

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In response to Bream’s questioning about public sentiment on core policy issues, particularly regarding border security, Coons pointed to the failure of a bipartisan border security deal last month.

Commitment to Solutions Questioned 

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He attributed this failure to Senate Republicans’ alignment with Trump’s interests rather than a genuine commitment to finding solutions.

Prioritizing Solutions 

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Coons concluded by highlighting Biden’s efforts to engage with Trump on addressing pressing issues like border security, emphasizing the importance of prioritizing solutions over political posturing.

Shaping Political Landscape 

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As the 2024 presidential election cycle approaches, the dynamics between Biden, Trump, and their respective parties will continue to shape the political landscape, with electoral performance likely to remain a focal point of discussion and analysis.

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