As Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden continues to maintain his national leadership over President Donald Trump, some Senate Republicans have indicated they are willing to work with Democrats if he wins the election.
The Reuters / Ipsos poll and the YouGov poll, released on Wednesday, both showed Biden had a nine-point lead over Trump nationally. The recent vote has also suggested a victory for the Democratic candidate. Fox News’ latest poll put Biden five percentage points ahead of Trump, and Monmouth showed the former vice president by seven points.
Prominent Republicans publicly expressed willingness this week to work to reach agreements with a potential Biden administration if he defeats their Republican leader, and the GOP sticks to the Senate in November. None of these lawmakers support Biden̵
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said he would “try to help” Biden implement legislation through the upper house. “It’s hard to project what the attitudes would be in the house, but I would try to help him,” he said, according to Bakken.
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The latest Quinnipiac poll, released Wednesday, showed Graham tied with his Democratic challenger Jamie Harrison 48-48. Although this race has been considered a long shot for the Democrats, the new data suggest that Graham may lose support from likely voters and risk losing his seat.
Senator John Thune of South Dakota said there “would be opportunities” for compromises to be negotiated. “The one thing about having a divided government, it forces people to come together, and some of the best and greatest achievements in our history have been achieved in a time of divided government,” he said. Bakken.
Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa pointed to trade and agriculture as policy areas where agreements could be cut if a divided government was voted into power. “I could imagine, on the next farm bill … I imagine Biden will pursue a British free trade agreement, maybe some other free trade agreements,” he said. Bakken. “If he exists [the Trade Promotion Authority] we could definitely work together on that. “
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However, not all Senate Republicans are optimistic about the chances that both sides can work together if Biden wins. Senator Mike Rounds of South Dakota said “it will be very difficult” based on the Democrat’s political views.
Newsweek reached out to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Biden’s campaign for comment.
Several Republican figures have expressed their support for the moderate candidate Biden over Trump at the Democratic National Conference this year in a segment called “We the People Put Land Over Party.” More than 35 former Republican politicians also threw their support behind the Democrat when the Republican National Convention took place late last month.
In a USA today op-ed said former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder that while he “will continue to support and stand up for Republican policies and values,” he will not support Trump because he “ignores the truth.”
Biden “has shown the desire to heal a deeply divided nation,” Snyder added, and he “seems willing to listen to people who have different perspectives than his own.”