Democrats and Republicans take their last-minute attempts to sway voters as the country heads for the midterm elections this Tuesday.
Last week, US President Joe Biden slammed Republicans in a speech. He blames former president Donald Trump for threatening democracy in the country and further endorses the Democratic party’s call for peaceful and ‘democratic’ midterm elections. Meanwhile, Republicans answered with raps against the opposing party, highlighting the worsening inflation and increasing crime in the country.
Four US Presidents traveled to different states over the weekend to campaign for their respective parties. This includes incumbent Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and Bill Clinton. All of them want to forward the agenda of the parties they belong. For instance, former president Trump went to Ohio and appealed to Republicans to trust Senate nominee J.D. Vance and said voters should “elect an incredible slate of true MAGA warriors to Congress.” Experts see Trump’s campaign trail as a precursor for his 2024 White House bid.
Meanwhile, Biden spent his weekend with Obama in Pennsylvania, highlighting the misgivings of Trump and the Republicans. Biden discussed the Republican’s involvement in the US Capitol riots and the attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi.
“Democracy is literally on the ballot. This is a defining moment for the nation. And we all must speak with one voice regardless of our party. There’s no place in America for political violence,” said President Biden.
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The Democrats and Republicans, in their last stretch
Democrats plan to defend their strongholds, such as New York, Washington, and Oregon. Meanwhile, Republicans attempt to regain their control in the Senate by only regaining five seats. This means the parties must sway voters in swing states like Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania. Winning these states could tip the balance in favor of a particular party. Currently, polls show a 50-50 chance of either the Democrats or Republicans taking control of the Senate.
The chair of the Republican National Committee, Ronna McDaniel, said their party would win the Senate and the House of Representatives. She highlighted Biden’s alleged inaction to address the country’s economic woes.
“Here’s where the Democrats are: they’re inflation deniers, they are crime deniers, they’re education deniers,” McDaniel said.
“Look, they’re all about the wealthier getting wealthy. And the wealthier stay wealthy. The poor get poorer under their policy,” Biden warned in a speech.
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Taking the risk
As the campaign period ends, Biden and Obama make their last bid to endorse Democratic nominee John Fetterman in the Pennsylvania Senate race. The state is where the Democratic Party holds the best chance to take a GOP-held seat. However, the Democrats face another problem in Arizona and Nevada, where the chances of getting the seat remain 50%. If the Republicans gain the seat in both states, they will gain majority control over the Senate.
“I know the average election rally is just ‘whoop dee doo do vote for me,’ but your life is on the line. For young people in the audience, your life is on the line,” said Bill Clinton.
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