Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said President Joe Biden has further divided the nation nearly three years into his presidency.
The chairwoman made the comment in response to a question about President Biden’s remarks at a dinner hosted by the the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington on Saturday. During the event, President Biden said the former president and his MAGA Republicans “are determined to spread anger, hate, and division.”
“They seek power at all costs. They’re determined to destroy this democracy,” President Biden said.
PollMr. McDaniel pointed to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, showing how Americans are increasingly dissatisfied with the president.
“We're also failing as a country, and that Washington Post poll shows that three out of four Americans feel like they're doing poorly or not as well under Joe Biden,” Ms. McDaniel said. “Bidenomics is failing, crime is rising, our border is out of control, people are dying of fentanyl. Joe Biden is failing and his approval is at 37 percent.”
She added, “So that is the record of Joe Biden and why Republicans are surging and have a good chance to take back the White House in 2024.”
House GOP Chairwoman Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y). took to X to comment on the poll results, dismissing the poll’s questions about President Trump’s lead.
DebateMs. McDaniel also said President Trump will not take part in the second Republican presidential primary debate, which is scheduled for Sept. 27 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
“The field will be set Monday night. Right now there are seven that have qualified. And I think you're going to see more of what you saw in Milwaukee and these candidates trying to make their case to the American people,” Ms. McDaniel said.
She continued: “The first vote is going to be in January of 2024, January 15th in Iowa. And I think they're trying to get that momentum as they had and of course, President Trump's going to be in Michigan. So we'll be missing him from that debate.”
“I want him to attend a debate and he knows that, everybody knows,” Ms. McDaniel said. “I think the other candidates also want him to attend a debate. I hope that before January he comes to a debate and participates in that process. But everybody is doing their own strategy.”
Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy finished third with 13 percent, followed by a tie between former President Mike Pence and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley with 4 percent each. 7 percent said they were unsure whom they would support.
“DeSantis’ popularity has dropped among Republicans since mid-March, when 30% of Republicans selected him as their top candidate,” the poll says.