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President JOE BIDEN did his first local news interview Monday, more than 10 months into his administration. The lucky outlet: WKRC-TV, a Cincinnati TV station.

In the seven-minute interview with reporter KYLE INSKEEP, Biden rolled off the top of his tongue the exact dollar amounts that Ohio and next door Kentucky would receive from his recently passed $1 trillion infrastructure bill. He addressed concerns about supply chain backlogs and downplayed his drop in the polls. He seemed genuinely comfortable. Which raises the question: why doesn’t he do these more?

Local TV interviews are considered—in D.C. circles at least—non-confrontational forums to reach voters about provincial interests and concerns. They’re easy pickings, by and large, with…

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