President-elect Joe Biden said this week that Democrats “forgot” about rural America. However, in the same interview, he says that residents of rural America will “not be left behind.” Biden talked about the future efforts of Democrats to win the support of rural American residents and the 74 million people who voted for Trump in the election.
“You know, it really does go to the issue of dignity, how you treat people,” Biden says. “I think those people feel forgotten. I think we forgot them.” While Democrats claimed the cities and suburbs to capture the Oval Office, the party fell even further behind in large parts of northern battleground states. Dems lost House seats in the Midwest, while Democrats once considered serious challengers to Republican incumbents in Iowa, Kansas, Montana, and North Carolina Senate races all lost. Media outlets report that continued losses in the country are putting pressure on Biden to reverse the trend, especially as failure to turn rural seats will make it harder to meet his goals of curbing climate change.