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Are Tony and Mandela feeling the Joe-Mentum?

Empower Wisconsin | Aug. 30, 2022

President Joe Biden is making a trip to Milwaukee on Labor Day to honor “the dignity of American workers” — right after giving a big “screw you” to most American workers.

As Biden’s Wisconsin poll numbers drown at rock bottom, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of exuberance about his Wisconsin stop from fellow Democrats Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes.

That might have something to do with the fact that Evers is in a dead heat race with Republican challenger Tim Michels and Barnes is running against two-term Republican incumbent Ron Johnson in the race for U.S. Senate. Barnes was up by 7 points in last week’s Marquette University Law School Poll, but a lot of Wisconsin voters don’t know him and his radical record yet — despite four years in office as Evers’ No. 2.

Biden has been under water for a long time, sitting at a 40 percent approval rating in this latest Marquette poll. Things probably won’t get any easier after he signed off on a debt transfer plan that will force many of the Blue Collar workers he’s politically courting to pay off as much as $600 billion of other people’s college debt.

Some of these union workers might have some tough questions for Joe, as Charlie Cooke wrote at National Review last week.

“Why does Biden not want to do the same thing for loans on trucks owned by plumbers? Why not for mortgages — which, given how heavily it subsidizes them, the federal government clearly thinks are worthwhile? Why not for credit cards or auto payments or mom-and-pop credit lines?”

Barnes, whose campaign is keeping him fairly bunkerized in borrowing a Biden campaign strategy, didn’t mention Biden in a statement about the Labor Day event, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. That’s how excited Barnes is to have Joe speak on his behalf.

“The Lt. Governor is excited to participate in Laborfest events throughout Milwaukee, Madison and Racine. His priority is talking to Wisconsin voters and supporting the labor movement that gave his family a ticket to the middle class,” McDaniel said.

Joe’s college “debt forgiveness” program should be a good conversation starter.

We know how excited Evers is to see Biden. CNN recently reported the president’s aides had been asked by Team Evers earlier this summer to avoid visiting Wisconsin because of Biden’s low approval.

“President Biden and Kamala Harris are both welcome to the state, especially to talk about things that are impacting people in Wisconsin,” Evers said at a campaign stop in West Allis — a week ago.

That warm welcome just might change now that Biden is taking Evers up on the offer.

At least they’ll get to have ice cream together.

“President Biden’s appearance in Wisconsin is no surprise given the surge in the polls by Tim Michels and Ron Johnson,” said Wisconsin GOP Chairman Paul Farrow. “Biden is hoping to shore up the failing campaigns of Tony Evers and Mandela Barnes, but Wisconsin voters are already rejecting the failed policies of Democrats and Wisconsinites are eager for change in November.”

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