Yonkers, New York, Nov 6 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden warned that a Republican victory in Tuesday’s midterm elections could weaken democracy in the United States, while former President Donald Trump hinted at another attempt at the White House, two days before the election that… Republicans can control the elections. Both houses of Congress.
The comments, made at rallies in New York and Florida, highlighted the bleak prospects for Biden Democrats, despite his promises to boost clean energy incentives and rebuild crumbling roads and bridges.
Republicans have battered Biden with soaring inflation and increased crime in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and nonpartisan forecasters would prefer to win control of the House — and possibly the Senate, too. Democrats’ early lead evaporated in Senate races in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Nevada.
Control of one room would allow Republicans to thwart Democrat Biden’s legislative agenda and launch potentially harmful investigations.
Biden has warned that many Republican candidates are threatening democratic norms by repeating Trump’s false allegations about a stolen election in 2020.
“Democracy is literally on the ballot,” he told students at Sarah Lawrence College north of New York City. “You can’t love the country only when you win.”
Meanwhile, at a Trump rally in Miami, the former president recycled many of his groundless complaints about the 2020 election and hinted that he may soon announce another presidential bid.
“I’ll probably have to do it again, but stay connected,” he said, criticizing the Biden administration for everything from violent crime to filthy airports.
Trump advisers say the announcement of the 2024 presidential election could come sometime this month.
Despite Biden’s warnings about democracy, many of his fellow Democrats have emphasized more practical matters, such as their work to lower prescription drug prices and defending Social Security. While abortion rights have been championed by many, polls show that has faded as a major voter concern.
Republicans questioned Democrats’ support for law enforcement and exploited concerns about crime, which has emerged as a major electoral issue after murder rates increased during the COVID pandemic.
“In two short years, don’t you feel pain?” Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker said at a rally in Georgia. This is under their supervision.
Democrats have been exhausted by Biden’s unpopularity, forcing him to back off campaigning in competitive states. Only 40% of Americans approve of his job performance, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll completed on Tuesday.
Biden spoke in a typically safe Democratic district outside New York City, where Republicans are threatening to make gains.
New York Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochhol faces an unexpectedly tough challenge from Republican Lee Zelden, while Democratic House incumbents battle tight-fisted battles across the state.
Vice President Kamala Harris visited Chicago, another Democratic stronghold, where she said Democrats could pass national abortion rights legislation if they were added to their margins in the Senate. “If we pick two more senators, the president can sign it into law,” she said.
First Lady Jill Biden visited Texas, a Republican-dominated state with few competitive races. “Choosing who to lead our community is one way we can live our faith,” she told congregants at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston.
Additional reporting by Nathan Lane in Georgia, Tyler Clifford in New York, and Gram Slattery in Washington. Written by Andy Sullivan. Editing by Daniel Wallis, Deepa Babington and Kenneth Maxwell
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