US President Joe Biden to hold first political rally ahead of November election : The Tribune India


Reuters

Washington, August 25

US President Joe Biden will hold his first political rally on Thursday in the home stretch of November’s midterm legislative elections, seeking to give Democrats a boost and prevent Republicans from taking control of Congress.

The Democratic National Committee event at Richard Montgomery High School, located in a Maryland suburb of Washington and featuring a host of Maryland political leaders, will begin for Biden what the White House has billed as a coast-to-coast tour. the other to help the Democratic candidates.

He is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. EDT. A party official said Biden “will highlight the choice voters will have in future terms.”

Republicans are hoping to lead voter discontent over inflation and high gas prices to victory in November, and they have history on their side.

The party that controls the White House typically loses seats in Congress in the first midterm election of a new president, and political analysts predict that Republicans have a solid chance of taking control of the House of Representatives and maybe even the Senate.

Democrats hold a slim majority in the House while the Senate is split evenly, with the vice president’s tie-breaking power giving Democrats control.

Republican control of one or both chambers could thwart Biden’s legislative agenda for the second half of his four-year term. Heavy losses could also heighten questions about whether Biden, 79, should run for re-election in 2024 or hand over to a younger generation.

But Biden and his team hope a series of recent legislative successes and voter outrage over the Supreme Court’s reversal of the 1973 ruling recognizing women’s constitutional right to abortion will generate strong Democratic turnout. .

A White House memo distributed to Democratic activists earlier in August said midterms will offer a choice between Democrats working to overcome the influence of special interests like the gun lobby and industry. pharmaceutical and Republicans loyal to former President Donald Trump.

Biden, whose latest approval rating is 41%, trails most, if not all, Democratic candidates in competitive races, often by double digits, Democratic pollsters said.

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Kevin E. Boling