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Senator who voted with Biden 96% of the time won’t appear with him in her own hometown after debate debacle

Vice President Joe Biden embraces Wisconsin Democratic Senate candidate, Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis. during a campaign rally at Aldrich Middle School, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, in Beloit, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

WATERTOWN, Wis.– Sen. Tammy Baldwin, one of President Biden’s staunchest allies in Congress, apparently wants no part of the commander in chief after his poor performance during last week’s presidential debate.

Baldwin (D-Wis.), 62, will not join Biden, 81, when he travels to her hometown of Madison Friday for a campaign event — opting instead for a previously planned swing through the northern part of the state.

“Tammy Baldwin is running her own race for the people of Wisconsin,” her campaign spokesman Andrew Mamo told local reporters.

Polls have shown Biden running behind Baldwin in the Badger State, and the post-holiday visit to what should be the president’s safest city and county in the crucial swing state — the Democrat beat Republican Donald Trump by more than 52 percentage points in Dane County four years ago — indicates a certain level of panic among Democrats about the impact of his debate debacle.

The RealClearPolitics polling average shows Baldwin leading her Republican opponent, Eric Hovde, by 7.8 percentage points — while Biden and Trump are in a flat-footed tie head-to-head.

“After being a rubber stamp vote for the disastrous Biden agenda for nearly four years, Sen. Baldwin is now making up excuses to not be seen with President Biden,” Hovde spokesman Zach Bannon told The Post.

According to FiveThirtyEight, Baldwin voted with the White House position 96.4% of the time in 2023.

But she and several other Democratic battleground senators reportedly turned down an invitation from the White House to appear with Biden earlier this month when he released his new border “crackdown.”

In a podcast interview a few weeks ago, Baldwin said her only criticism of Biden’s campaign is that he’s not touting his legislative wins enough.

Baldwin’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment on the President’s visit.


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