YONKERS, NY, Nov 6 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden warned that a Republican victory in Tuesday’s midterm elections could weaken American democracy, as former President Donald Trump hinted at another bid for White House, two days before the election in which the Republicans can take control. both of Congress.
The comments, made at rallies in New York and Florida, highlighted the bleak prospect facing Biden’s Democrats, even as he makes good on his promises to strengthen clean energy incentives and rebuild crumbling roads and bridges. .
Republicans have pegged Biden for high inflation and rising crime in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and neutral forecasters favor him to win control of the House of Representatives — and possibly the Senate . The early Democratic leaders in the Senate races in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Nevada have evaporated.
Single chamber control would allow Republicans to undermine Democrat Biden’s legislative agenda and launch potentially dangerous investigations.
Biden has warned that many Republican candidates are threatening democratic norms by repeating Trump’s false claims about a stolen election in 2020.
“Democracy really is in the elections,” he told students at Sarah Lawrence College, north of New York City. “You can’t love the country only when you win.”
Meanwhile, at Trump’s rally in Miami, the former president used many of his baseless complaints about the 2020 election and hinted that he may soon announce another presidential proposal.
“I might have to do it again, but stay tuned,” he said, criticizing the Biden administration for everything from violent crime to dirty airports.
Trump advisers say an announcement about the 2024 presidential election could come this month.
Despite Biden’s warnings about democracy, many of his fellow Democrats have emphasized practical issues, such as their work to lower drug prices and protect Social Security. Although many have campaigned for abortion rights, opinion polls show that it has ended up being the main issue of the voters.
Republicans have questioned Democrats’ support for law enforcement and raised concerns about crime, which has emerged as a major election issue after homicide numbers spiked during the COVID pandemic.
“For two short years, don’t you feel bad?” Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker said at a rally in Georgia. “This is on their watch.”
Democrats have been devastated by Biden’s unpopularity, which has forced him to withdraw from the campaign in competitive states. Only 40% of Americans approve of his job performance, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll completed on Tuesday.
Biden spoke in the usually safe Democratic suburb of New York City, where Republicans are threatening to make gains.
New York’s Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul faces an unexpectedly tough challenge from Republican Lee Zeldin, as Democratic House candidates are locked in tight battles across the state.
Vice President Kamala Harris visited Chicago, another Democratic stronghold, where she said Democrats could pass abortion rights legislation if they add to their line in the Senate. “If we elect two more senators, the president can sign it into law,” he said.
First Lady Jill Biden visited Texas, a Republican-controlled state with few competitive races. “Choosing who leads our community is one way we can live out our faith,” he told worshipers at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston.
Additional reporting by Nathan Layne of Georgia, Tyler Clifford of New York and Gram Slattery of Washington; Written by Andy Sullivan; Edited by Daniel Wallis, Deepa Babington and Kenneth Maxwell
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