(TargetLiberty.org) – In a strategic move, the Biden-Harris campaign has launched an initiative aimed at regaining support from a key demographic: union workers. These workers, traditionally aligning with the Democratic Party, played a significant role in Donald Trump’s electoral success in both the 2016 and 2020 elections, particularly in pivotal states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan. Recognizing their importance in the upcoming 2024 elections, especially in the context of current labor disputes and their impact on the economy, the Biden-Harris campaign, in collaboration with the Democratic National Committee, is making concerted efforts to reconnect with this group.
The campaign’s recent initiative was marked by the release of a video on “Biden HQ,” their social media rapid response platform. This video strategically uses Trump’s previous statements about unions to draw a stark contrast between him and the current administration. For instance, it highlights Trump’s characterization of unions as “dues-sucking people” and includes audio clips where he criticizes wage negotiations.
Ammar Moussa, the Rapid Response Director for the Biden-Harris campaign, emphasized the difference in perspective between Trump and Biden regarding labor issues. He pointed out Trump’s tendency to favor large corporations and wealthy individuals, contrasting it with Biden’s demonstrated support for workers, including standing with striking autoworkers. This support, according to Moussa, has led to significant gains for unions and prompted even non-union auto companies to raise worker wages.
Fox News exit poll data from the 2016 presidential election showed that Hillary Clinton won the support of union households, but with a significant decrease compared to Obama’s performance in 2012. Biden, however, managed to reclaim some of this support in 2020, though Trump still maintained a strong showing in certain areas. As both Trump and Biden potentially face primary challenges and third-party bids, polls suggest a close contest if they were to compete against each other in a future election. This makes the support of union workers even more critical for both parties.
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