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While Democrats face grim midterm prospects, Biden hopes appearance at Jay Leno’s auto show will win Republican voters

While Democrats face grim midterm prospects, Biden hopes appearance at Jay Leno's auto show will win Republican voters

President Joe Biden hopes to appear in an upcoming episode of Jay Leno’s Garage will appeal to “some sections of the Republican base” and put the brakes on increasingly bleak predictions for his party’s performance in the meantime, according to one New York Times report.

The episode, which airs Wednesday, comes less than two weeks before Election Day as Biden tries to appeal to “a land of car enthusiasts,” the Time reports.

“You know, he’s a good driver,” Leno said. “He still has a Corvette; he can drive a stick. I mean, most presidents aren’t car guys.”

Even as Biden makes a last minute effort to lead his party away from a midterm crash, recent polls show shows Republicans have an 80 in 100 chance of flipping the House, according to FiveThirtyEight.

During the episode, Biden promotes electric cars, a vehicle Democrats have embraced in recent years. Rep. Tim Ryan (D., Ohio), who competes in the Ohio Senate race, said Americans should give up gas-powered cars. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D.), who is seeking reelection this year, is award $236 million in funds for an electric car driver who has already lost millions of taxpayer dollars.

“You all know I’m a car enthusiast,” Biden said at an auto event in Detroit last month. “Just watching them and driving them, they just give me a sense of optimism.”

Biden would hit 118 miles per hour during the show in his 1967 Corvette Stingray.

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