Biden returns to Washington this week with an eye on the looming midterm elections

For Biden, who for decades has boasted of being one of the most sought-after Democratic surrogates, it’s also an unfamiliar position.

He is attacked more often in TV ads than Obama was at this point in 2010, or Trump was in 2018. He remains largely anonymous on Democratic campaign websites and Twitter accounts. And candidates in key races in battleground states don’t ask him to come — or actively avoid him when he does, according to a Washington Post survey of more than 60 candidates in the most competitive campaigns in the world. governorship, the United States Senate and the country’s Congress.

Few candidates said they wanted Biden to campaign for them in their state or district, with many not answering the question at all.


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