(Washington) Joe Biden and Donald Trump shifted into high gear on Thursday, surveying the United States five days before the midterm elections which could paralyze the Democratic president’s ability to act during his last two years in office and prepare the ground for a potential return of the Republican billionaire in 2024.
At a public university in New Mexico, Joe Biden praised his decision to partially erase the debts incurred by millions of Americans to pay for their studies as well as other policies that have “brought enormous progress to the country” .
The Democratic leader will then fly to California, rather won over to his party, then he will travel to Pennsylvania (northeast), a disputed state, and Chicago, another Democratic stronghold.
Before the November 8 election, Joe Biden chose a double message: he poses as a defender of the working classes, and as a guarantor of democracy against Republican candidates ready to refuse the results of the vote, like Donald Trump who never admitted his defeat in the 2020 presidential election.
Confrontation by proxy
But the former president, who still has a strong hold on the Republican Party, has also gone on the offensive. During a meeting in Iowa, a rural state in the “Midwest”, Donald Trump left little doubt about his political appetite.
“I will very very likely represent myself. Be ready, that’s all I can tell you, ”he told his supporters. “We are going to take back America and above all, in 2024, we are going to take back our magnificent White House. »
In the meantime, 2022 is “the year we’re going to take back Congress, we’re going to take back the Senate”, he added.
The ex-president then plans to travel to Florida, Pennsylvania and then Ohio on Monday.
The “midterms” look more and more like a proxy clash between the two men, between the second round of the 2020 match, and a potential warm-up before the 2024 presidential election.
Joe Biden says so far he intends to run again, but the prospect does not necessarily delight all Democrats, because of his age – soon to be 80 – and his unpopularity. A very heavy defeat in the mid-term elections would make this scenario even more shaky.
” Chaos ”
On Wednesday evening, the 79-year-old Democrat delivered a dark campaign speech on the defense of democracy, ahead of these elections which can not only change the face of Congress, but also bring to power governors and local officials fully committed to the ideas of Donald Trump.
He felt that by denying the result of the previous presidential election and threatening to contest the results of the “midterms”, the most radical Republicans risked sinking the world’s leading power into “chaos”.
In the small state of Rhode Island, the latest Democratic campaign clip, for example, uses images of the assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 by supporters of Donald Trump to warn of a Republican victory.
It remains to be seen how far this speech goes, and the last-minute efforts of figures such as Barack Obama, while the recent dynamics of the polls, to be taken with a grain of salt, are rather on the Republican side.
The conservatives, to whom the opinion polls already predicted a victory in the House of Representatives, entirely renewed in the mid-term elections, now begin to dream of a conquest of the Senate, where a third of the seats are at stake.
So the Republican Party has spent heavily in recent days bludgeoning its message about high prices and rising crime—attributing both to Joe Biden.
“From soaring crime to sky-high inflation to an open border, New Mexico families deserve better than Biden’s failures,” Republican Party Leader Ronna McDaniel blasted as the president Democrat landed in this southwestern state of the country.
The conservatives, on the other hand, somewhat muted their message of opposition to abortion, in the face of Democrats who promise on the contrary to defend access to voluntary terminations of pregnancy, compromised in many American states since a decision of the Supreme Court.