President Biden gave remarks on Wednesday after the FDA approved COVID vaccines for children, urging parents to get their children vaccinated, despite the low instances of cases, hospitalizations, or fatalities among young people in the United States.


But Biden took questions from reporters at the end of his remarks, and as soon as he said he would, the press corps went wild. It was clear they were hungry for a chance to question the president.

Most of those were not about shots for kids, but about the elections on Tuesday that were seen as a sweeping loss for his administration and the progressive social program.

"As leader of the Democratic Party, how much responsibility do you take for the digital results in Virginia?" Biden was asked.

Biden sidestepped the question, saying that "no governor in Virginia has ever won when he is of the the same, or he or she, is the same party as a sitting president." Despite the losses, he claimed that "people want us to get things done. They want us to get things done." And with this, he pressed for his massive spending plans, that have hit snag after snag in the Democrat-controlled legislature.

"People are upset and uncertain about a lot of things," Biden said, "from COVID to school, to jobs to a whole range of things and the cost of a gallon of gasoline. And so if I'm able to pass sign in law, my Build Back Better initiative. I'm in a position where you're going to see a lot of those things ameliorated quickly and swiftly. So that has to be done."

He was asked about that plan. "Do you think that Terry McAuliffe would have won if your agenda is passed before election?" He said that he thought it should have passed, but that it likely would not have changed the minds of the "Trump voters" who turned out.

Biden, former President Barack Obama, and Vice President Kamala Harris all showed up in Virginia to back the Democrat candidate for governor, and that candidate, McAuliffe, still lost.

PBS' Yamiche Alcindor asked "What should Democrats possibly do differently to avoid similar losses in November especially as Republicans are now successfully running on culture war issues, and false claims of critical race theory?"


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