(Washington) Joe Biden continued to campaign on Thursday to prevent Congress from passing in five days to his Republican opponents, who are attacking with renewed energy his record in terms of the cost of living and security.
The Democratic president left for New Mexico and California, lands in the west rather acquired by his party. He will then travel to Pennsylvania (northeast), a disputed state, then to Chicago, another Democratic stronghold.
His predecessor Donald Trump is heading for Iowa, a rural state in the “Midwest” on Thursday, which is on the contrary increasingly favorable to Republicans.
Before the November 8 ballot, which risks reducing him to political paralysis for the rest of his term, Joe Biden has chosen a double message: he poses as a defender of the working classes, and as a guarantor of democracy.
In a public university in New Mexico, he wants to boast of his decision to partially erase the debts contracted by millions of Americans to pay for their studies.
Joe Biden wants to paint ‘the disastrous consequences for America’s middle class if Republicans go through with their plan to rob millions of people of debt relief, while handing over $30 trillion to the pharmaceutical giants , to multinationals and to the ultra-rich”, promised the White House, summarizing in its own way the economic projects of the conservatives.
On Wednesday evening, the 79-year-old Democrat delivered a somber campaign speech on the defense of democracy, ahead of an election that 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.
” Chaos ”
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.
The Republican Party has therefore spent heavily in recent days bludgeoning its message about high prices and rising crime – attributing both to Joe Biden.
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.
Beyond the enormous stakes of the “midterms” themselves, these elections are in a way a confrontation by proxy between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, between the second round of the 2020 match, and a potential warm-up before the 2024 presidential election.
The current president has so far said he intends to run again, but the prospect does not necessarily appeal to 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.
As for Donald Trump, on Wednesday he chose a state, Iowa, which, if not really strategic for the midterm elections, holds a very special place in the presidential election. It is in fact in Iowa that the campaign for the nomination of candidates seeking the White House traditionally begins.