YONKERS, N.Y., Nov. 6 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden warned that a Republican victory in Tuesday’s midterm elections could weaken American democracy, while President Donald Trump has said another White House campaign, two days before the election in which Republicans can control. both parties of Congress.
The remarks, made at campaign rallies in New York and Florida, underscored the bleak prospect that Biden’s Democrats face, despite fulfilling his promise to boost support. clean energy and construction of roads and bridges.
Democrats have hammered Biden for rising inflation and rising crime rates after the COVID-19 pandemic, and nonpartisan experts favor him to win control of the House of Representatives. Body – and maybe the Senate too. Democrats’ early leads in Senate races in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Nevada have evaporated.
Control of an agency would allow Republicans to undermine Democrat Biden’s legislative agenda and publish damaging investigations.
Biden warned that many Republican candidates are threatening the democratic system by saying Trump’s lies about the 2020 presidential election.
He told students at Sarah Lawrence College, north of New York City, “Democracy is the reality of the ballot.” “You can’t love the country when you win.”
At Trump’s rally in Miami, meanwhile, the former president repeated many of his complaints about the 2020 election and hinted that he would soon announce another president. honor
“I would have to do it again, but stay calm,” he said, castigating the Biden administration for everything from terrorism to a dirty airport.
Trump’s advisers say an announcement about the 2024 presidential election could come this month.
Although Biden has warned about liberalism, many of his fellow Democrats have emphasized more important issues, such as their work to reduce the cost of prescription drugs and protect Social Security. Although many have advocated for abortion rights, those opinions seem to have gone down as the most pressing concern for voters.
Republicans have questioned Democrats’ support for law enforcement and use concerns about crime, which has emerged as a major issue in the election after homicides have soared. during the COVID pandemic.
“In two short years, don’t you feel sick?” Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker spoke at a rally in Georgia. “This is up to them.”
Democrats were disappointed by Biden’s lack of nominations, which forced him to hold back from competing in competitive states. Only 40% of Americans approve of his job performance, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll completed on Tuesday.
Biden spoke in traditionally safe Democratic territory outside New York City, where Republicans are threatening to make gains.
New York Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul is facing an unexpected challenge from Republican Lee Zeldin, while Democratic House leaders are locked in a tight battle across the state. .
Vice President Kamala Harris visited Chicago, another Democratic stronghold, where she said Democrats could pass abortion laws if they add to their margin in the Senate. “If we can elect two more lawmakers, the president can sign it into law,” he said.
First Lady Jill Biden visited Texas, a Republican-dominated state that has a handful of races. “Choosing who leads our community is one of the ways we can live our faith,” he told worshipers at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston.
Additional reporting by Nathan Layne in Georgia, Tyler Clifford in New York and Gram Slattery in Washington; Written by Andy Sullivan; Edited by Daniel Wallis, Deepa Babington and Kenneth Maxwell
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