Biden isn't the first president to struggle with midterm messaging

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With the midterm elections just three months away, President Biden is trying to turn the page on bad poll numbers by touting some wins.

Democrats are on the verge of a legislative victory now that Senator Joe Manchin has said he'll support a climate and health care bill. And on Monday Biden crowed about his killing of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. But past presidencies show it's not so easy for the White House to sell what it sees as victories to a skeptical public, especially one anxious about the economy.

Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University.

This segment aired on August 2, 2022.


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