President Joe Biden has warned that a Republican victory in Tuesday’s midterm elections could undermine American democracy, while former President Donald Trump has hinted at another run for the White House, just two days before elections in which Republicans could take control of both chambers of Congress.
The remarks, made at opposing rallies in New York and Florida, showed the bleak prospects for Biden’s Democrats, despite his promises to increase clean-energy incentives and restore decrepit roads and bridges.
Republicans have chastised Biden for rising inflation and increasing crime in the aftermath of the COVID-19 epidemic, and non-partisan forecasts predict that Republicans will win control of the House of Representatives – and possibly the Senate as well. Early Democratic leads in Senate races in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Nevada have vanished.
Control of even one house would allow Republicans to thwart Democratic Vice President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda and launch potentially damaging probes.
Biden warned that by repeating Trump’s misleading allegations about a stolen election in 2020, several Republican candidates are endangering democratic standards.
“Democracy is really on the ballot,” he told Sarah Lawrence College students in upstate New York. “You can’t love your country only when you win.”
Meanwhile, at a rally in Miami, Trump repeated many of his false complaints about the 2020 race and intimated that he may soon announce another presidential bid.
Joe Biden falls off the damn stage.
What a clown show. pic.twitter.com/H7BCSnr4W4
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) November 7, 2022
“I will most likely have to do it again,” he warned, criticizing the Biden administration for everything from violent crime to filthy airports. Trump’s advisers say an announcement about the 2024 presidential election could come this month.
Despite Biden’s worries about democracy, many of his Democratic colleagues have focused on more practical issues, such as their efforts to reduce prescription drug prices and safeguard Social Security. While several candidates have campaigned on abortion rights, polls show that it is no longer a top voter concern.
Republicans have questioned Democrats’ commitment to law enforcement and capitalized on popular worry about crime, which has arisen as a key election issue following an uptick in murder rates during the COVID pandemic.
“Do you not feel the anguish after only two years?” Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker stated during a Georgia rally. “This is under their supervision.”
Democrats have been burdened by Biden’s unpopularity, which has prevented him from campaigning in competitive states. According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday, only 40% of Americans approve of his job performance.
Biden spoke outside of New York City, in generally secure Democratic territory, where Republicans are threatening to gain ground.
Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul of New York is facing an unexpectedly tough campaign from Republican Lee Zeldin, while Democratic House incumbents are involved in tight races across the state.
Vice President Kamala Harris visited Chicago, another Democratic stronghold, and stated that if Democrats increased their Senate majority, they might pass national abortion-rights legislation. “If we get two more senators,” she continued, “the president can sign it into law.”
Jill Biden, the First Lady, paid a visit to Texas, a Republican-dominated state with a few contested races. “One way we may live out our religion is to choose who governs our community,” she told congregants at Houston’s Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church.
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