UPDATED 4:29 PM PT – Monday, November 7, 2022
President Joe Biden campaigns for New York Governor Kathy Hochul amid a closer than expected race with Republican Lee Zeldin.
Biden appeared with Hochul (D-N.Y.) in Westchester County for a rally on Sunday. Biden claimed that Zeldin talks a “good game” regarding crime but has no actual plans to solve the issue. Crime is a top concern for Empire State voters.
These remarks come as recent polling shows the Trump-endorsed nominee within striking distance of the incumbent.
Biden also sought to cast Zeldin (R-N.Y.) as threat to democracy, calling him an “election denier.” The president claimed that voting against Republicans is a vote to sustain democracy.
“Look at all the polling data, if you all show up and vote, democracy is sustained,” said Biden. “Not a joke. This is not hyperbole. It’s the second time. Not a joke. It matters. It’s in your hands. And look, you’re one of the reasons why, as I said, I’ve never been more optimistic about the future of this country. I look at America reasserting itself to lead the world in the 21st century.”
In response to Biden’s visit, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said that Biden’s last-ditch effort to help Hochul will add to his long list of failures.