As the country pushes for the midterm elections on Tuesday, Democrats and Republicans make last-minute initiatives to sway voters.
In a speech last week, US President Joe Biden criticized Republicans. He accuses former President Donald Trump of undermining democracy in the country and backs the Democratic Party’s call for peaceful and “democratic” midterm elections. Meanwhile, Republicans responded with raps against the opposing political party, highlighting the country’s intensifying inflation and rampant crime.
Over the weekend, four US Presidents covered various states to campaign for their respective parties. This group includes current President Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and Bill Clinton. They look to advance the agendas of the parties to which they belong. For example, former President Trump went to Ohio and compelled Republicans to support Senate nominee JD Vance, saying voters should “elect an incredible slate of true MAGA warriors to Congress.” Experts see Trump’s campaign as a warm-up for his White House bid in 2024.
Meanwhile, Biden spent the weekend with Obama in Pennsylvania, noting Trump and Republicans’ concerns. Biden spoke about the Republican’s role in the US Capitol riots and the strike 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.
Republicans and Democrats taking the last chance
Democrats intend to protect key states such as New York, Washington, and Oregon. Meanwhile, Republicans attempt to retake control of the Senate by regaining only five seats. The parties must persuade voters in key states such as Nevada, Arizona, Georgia, and Pennsylvania. Winning these states could tip the scales in favor of one party. Polls currently show that either the Democrats or Republicans have a 50-50 chance of taking control of the Senate.
Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee, prophesied that her party would win both the Senate and the House of Representatives. She emphasized Biden’s purported inaction on the nation’s economic malaise.
“Here’s where the Democrats are: they’re inflation deniers, crime deniers, education deniers,” McDaniel said.
“Look, they’re all about the wealthier getting wealthy. And the wealthier stay wealthy. The middle class gets stiffed. The poor get poorer under their policy,” Biden warned in a speech.
Winning the election by taking a risk
As the campaign season ends, Biden and Obama make one last push to support Democratic nominee John Fetterman in the Pennsylvania Senate race. The state is where the Democratic Party has the best chance of securing a Republican-held seat. However, the Democrats face another issue in Arizona and Nevada, where their chances of winning remain 50%. If Republicans win seats in both states, they will have a majority in 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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