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Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) is seeking to distinguish himself from President Joe Biden as he seeks reelection to a full Senate term this November.
During his 53rd birthday party July 23rd, Warnock highlighted legislative deals he made with Republican senators in an effort to pitch himself as someone who puts state over party, according to Fox 5 news.
"I work with anybody to get something good done for the people of Georgia," he told the crowd at the event. As he talked, he mentioned Biden by name only once, otherwise referring to him simply as "the President of the United States".
Warnock's bipartisan messaging comes as Biden faces increasingly low approval numbers, with many Democrats wondering how best to distance themselves from the president as midterms approach.
The senator's optimism regarding Republican aid stood in contrast to others in his party, such as state lawmaker Nan Orrock. "They’re going to take away our democratic rights one after another," she said at Warnock's birthday party. "Failure is not an option."
Republican incumbents and challengers are hoping to use Biden's unpopularity as a means to weaken Democratic support among the public. Warnock's opponent, Republican Herschel Walker, is a first-time Senate candidate with the endorsement of former President Donald Trump.
"This is still a national race," said Walker senior adviser Gail Gitcho. "The burden is on Raphael Warnock and the extremely close ties he has to Joe Biden in this environment. Herschel has put him on the defensive."