President Joe Biden is expected to participate in a virtual reception for the Democratic National Committee on Monday.
The event is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. ET. See Biden’s comments in the player above.
An election year set against a backdrop of economic turmoil, the abolition of federal abortion rights and widespread concerns about the future of democracy concludes with a full day of campaigning by leaders of both parties urgently appealing to their supporters.
Biden is holding a rally Monday night in Maryland, where Democrats have one of the best chances of regaining the Republican-controlled governor’s seat. The look fits with Biden’s latest campaign strategy of sticking largely to his party’s strongholds rather than plunging into a more competitive territory, where control of Congress may eventually be determined.
His predecessor, Donald Trump, is holding the last campaign rally in Ohio. Ohio holds special significance for the former president as he prepares to run for another White House election because it was one of the first places he was able to prove his lasting power among Republican voters two years ago. Trump’s support for JD Vance was crucial in helping the author and venture capitalist – and once a Trump critic – secure the Republican nomination for a Senate seat.
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Elon Musk, whose purchase of Twitter sparked the social media world, used the platform on Monday to endorse the Republican Party, writing, “I recommend voting for the Republican Congress, given that the presidency is a Democrat.”
It came too late for the more than 41 million Americans who had already voted. In fact, Monday was more about ensuring supporters met early voting deadlines or making firm plans to appear at polling places in person. The election results will have a powerful impact on the last two years of Biden’s presidency, shaping policy in everything from government spending to military support for Ukraine.
In the first national elections since the violent January 6 uprising, the final days of the campaign focused on fundamental questions about the nation’s political values.
Biden, while campaigning in New York for Gov. Cathy Hochhol on Sunday, said Republicans were willing to overlook last year’s mob attack on the Capitol, and that after the recent assault on Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, some members of that party said “in light of the That” or they were “making excuses”.
“There has never been a time in my professional life where we have glorified violence based on political preference,” the president said.
Meanwhile, at a Trump rally Sunday in Miami, a reference to Pelosi elicited chants of “Lock her up!” A stark reminder of the nation’s deep division.
Trump has been fighting for the re-election of Florida Senator Marco Rubio, but he has also focused on his political future. After telling a crowd in Iowa last week that it was “very, very, very likely” he would run for president again, he again raised the possibility on Sunday and encouraged supporters to watch his rally in Ohio.
“I’ll probably do it again, but don’t get upset,” Trump said, teasing Monday’s event. “We have a big and big gathering. Stay tuned tomorrow night.”
The Republican governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, who is running for re-election against Democrat Charlie Crist and is widely considered Trump’s fiercest challenger if he also runs for the White House, did not attend the Miami ceremony.
DeSantis held his own separate events Sunday in other parts of the state as he stuck to key parts of his reelection campaign, including against mandates for a COVID-19 vaccine. The anti-governor’s political platform avoided antagonizing Trump – meaning it didn’t present the duel events of 2024 that could be in the immediate future for him and Trump.
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On Sunday, Trump said Florida would “re-elect Ron DeSantis as your governor.” But he was more confrontational during a rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday, referring to the Florida governor as “Ron de Sanctimonios.”
It’s a rivalry that’s been going on for more than a year as DeSantis has taken increasingly bold steps to bolster his national profile and build a deep fundraising network — even as Trump undoubtedly remains the party’s most popular leader.
Meanwhile, for the National Democrats, the focus is on their narrow control of the House and Senate, which may evaporate after Tuesday.
Voters may rebuke the party in control of the White House and Congress amid rising inflation, fears about crime and pessimism about the country’s direction. History suggests that any party in power will suffer major losses in the midterm elections.
Biden has made it clear that the nation’s democracy itself is on the ballot, and the first lady went to Texas on Sunday to sound the alarm.
“There is a lot at stake in this election,” said Jill Biden in Houston. “We must talk about justice and democracy.”
“These attacks on our democracy will not only directly affect people across our country, but arguably affect all over the world,” Vice President Kamala Harris said as she traveled to Chicago.
Trump has long claimed wrongly that he lost the 2020 election only because Democrats cheated, and they are even starting to raise the possibility of election fraud this year. Federal intelligence agencies warn of the potential for political violence by right-wing extremists.
GOP National Committee chairwoman Rona McDaniel said Democrats were “inflation deniers” as she tried to deflect their labeling of her party as anti-democratic for rejecting the results of the 2020 presidential election simply because Trump lost them.
“If we get the House and the Senate back, the American people are saying to Joe Biden, ‘We want you to work for us and we want you to work across the aisle to solve the problems that we’re dealing with,'” McDaniel told CNN.