At a rally in Las Vegas, Biden promotes fulfilled promises

Fresh off a victory in the Democratic primary in South Carolina, President Biden rallied supporters in Nevada on Sunday, saying he had kept his promises to black and Hispanic voters who helped elect him.

Mr. Biden spoke at a community center in Las Vegas’ historic Westside neighborhood, home to a critically embattled African-American community. He trotted out statistics on reducing child poverty for blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans, talked about the growth of minority-owned businesses and attacked former President Donald J. Trump for saying immigration was “poisoning the blood” of the United States.

But he appeared to acknowledge that many voters were skeptical of his accomplishments as president at a time when his approval ratings were sunk below 40 percent

“I know, we know, we have a lot more to do,” Mr. Biden said. “Not everyone is feeling the benefits of our investments and progress yet.”

The president has worked to shore up his support among black and Hispanic voters, who make up key Democratic constituencies, while Mr. Trump, his likely Republican opponent in November, is trying to make inroads with both groups.

Nevada will hold its Democratic primary on Tuesday, the party’s second official nominating contest after South Carolina. But Mr. Biden faces scant opposition here. One challenger, Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota — who finished third in South Carolina on Saturday behind self-help author Marianne Williamson — it won’t even be on the ballot.

Instead, Mr. Biden hit the road on Sunday with an eye on the general election. Although Nevada has voted Democratic in every presidential election since 2008, including Mr. Biden in 2020, it remains a volatile state with a recently elected Republican governor. In November, a New York Times/Sienna poll showed Mr. Biden trailing Mr. Trump by 10 points in Nevada.

The president’s allies are working to support him. The pro-Biden super PAC recently announced it would set aside $250 million for advertising in seven battleground states, including Nevada — a record sum.

Shelby Wiltz, Nevada’s presidential campaign manager, said in a statement that “diverse communities” in the state delivered the White House for Mr. Biden.

In his narrow victory in Nevada four years ago, Mr. Biden was greatly helped by the state’s influential unions, which represent workers in the hospitality and casino industries. Many of those workers are Hispanic. Last month in Las Vegas, Mr. Trump said that Mr. Biden had “devastated the Latino community” economically and that Hispanics were “better off financially” under the Trump administration.

Mr. Biden last visited Nevada in December, when he announced $8.2 billion in funding for passenger rail projects. He criticized Trump’s approach to infrastructure, saying the former president failed to deliver. The Biden campaign is heavily promoting a bipartisan infrastructure bill that Mr. Biden has championed as a bludgeon to Mr. Trump, even though it could take years for voters to see the results of such projects.

Artie Blanco, a member of the Nevada Democratic National Committee, called Mr. Biden “the most pro-worker president we’ve seen in generations,” but said he and his campaign needed to “make sure the working class knows what he’s done.”

As it became more likely that Mr. Trump to win the Republican nomination, Mr. Biden went into campaign mode, holding rallies to trumpet his administration’s record. He has faced several bumps in the primary so far. He won New Hampshire last month as a write-in candidate and then won 96 percent of the vote in South Carolina.

On Saturday, Mr. Biden met with black entertainment industry leaders at a fundraiser at the Los Angeles mansion of “Star Wars” director George Lucas before traveling to Las Vegas the next day.

Mr. Biden also took time over the weekend to mark the birthdays of his sons, Beau and Hunter.

Before leaving for the West Coast, he visited Beau’s grave site in Delaware on Saturday. Beau Biden, born on February 3, died at the age of 46 in 2015.

On Sunday, Mr. Biden had brunch with Hunter, who turned 54 on February 4, at a restaurant in Los Angeles. Hunter Biden is facing charges in two federal criminal cases that could go to trial amid the presidential campaign.

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