President Joe Biden on the eve of US midterm elections has asked Democrats to turn out en masse at the polls in order to ‘protect democracy’, while former President Donald Trump has hinted he will seek the White House again in 2024.
“We know in our bones that our democracy is at risk and we know that this is your moment to defend it,” Biden said on late Monday speaking to a crowd in Black University, near Baltimore. “The power is in your hands… so vote, get out the vote,” he told Democrats.
Biden speech presented what he said was a “choice between two very different visions of America,” arguing that his administration has successfully covered the world's largest economy out of the COVID pandemic, with unemployment rate of 3.75 percent and booming manufacturing industries.
He claimed that Republicans would return to “trickle-down economics” that favor the rich, if they win the midterm elections.
On the other side, Donald Trump has heavily hinted that he may run for president again and on Monday he said he will make a “big announcement” on Nov. 15 at his Mar-a-Lago resort, where he is widely expected to announce the launch of his 2024 presidential campaign.
“If you support the decline for all of America, then you must absolutely vote for the radical left Democrats. And if you want to stop the destruction of our country and save the American dream, then tomorrow you must vote Republican in a giant red wave that we’ve all been hearing about,” Trump said.
The former president also revealed he knew the difference between socialism and communism as he claimed that under President Biden the US has skipped the first and gone straight to the second.
Republicans have countered that a vote for Democrats means more soaring inflation and rising violent crime, seeking to make the midterms a referendum on the president.
Midterm elections are crucial to maintaining control of the US House of Representatives and the Senate when it comes to introducing and passing new legislation. House seats are distributed to states based on their populations and all members are elected to two-year terms.
As Americans head to the polls, their votes could affect the final two years of the Biden administration as Republicans and Democrats vie for control of both houses.
Biden has enjoyed the comfort of having a Democrat-controlled Congress during his first two years in office, but that could change come to the Nov. 8 midterm elections.
On Monday Biden told reporters he believed Democrats would win the Senate, though conceding “it's going to be tough” to retain the House and that his life in Washington may become “more difficult.”
If Republicans gain control of one or both houses of Congress, it would open the door to Republican-led investigations that could put the White House under question. A Republican-led Senate could also block Biden’s nominations for judicial or administrative posts.
Control of Capitol Hill would give Republicans the power to block aid to Ukraine, as they are reluctant to maintain the current rate of US financial and military support. However they are more likely to slow or pare back the flow of weapons and economic assistance to Kiev than stop it.
More than 43 million Americans have already cast their ballots, either in person or through the mail, according to the US Elections Project, which tracks early voting.
But final results may not be known until days -- or in some cases even weeks -- after election day, setting the stage for what promise to be acrimonious challenges.
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