Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE is giving a boost to the Democrat running in Tuesday’s special election for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District, recording a robocall for Danny O’Connor.
“Ohioans need leaders like Danny, who will stand up for working families, protect critical services that help folks get ahead and work together to find common ground in Congress,” Biden says in the call, which was first reported by Politico.
He goes on to emphasize that an O’Connor victory would bring Democrats one step closer to taking control of the House.
O’Connor is facing off against Republican state Sen. Troy Balderson for a seat that has been in the GOP’s hands since 1983. President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE won the district by 11 points in 2016.
Polls have O’Connor and Balderson neck and neck going into election day. The Cook Political Report rates the races as a “toss up.”
Biden, who had a 57 percent approval rating nationally according to a December CNN poll, could be an effective surrogate for the party in centrist districts across the country.
Republicans hope campaign appearances by Trump and Vice President Pence, who have frequently tried to tie O’Connor to House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Pelosi: Georgia primary ‘disgrace’ could preview an election debacle in November MORE (D-Calif.), will help push their candidate over the finish line.
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