President Joe Biden plans to deliver a prime-time speech this week on how America’s “rights and freedoms continue to be attacked,” and will return to the core message of his 2020 campaign as Americans prepare to vote in the midterm elections. from Nov.
A White House official said Thursday’s speech at the Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia would focus on “the ongoing battle for the soul of the nation” and show how the president sees the central argument of his 2020 candidacy. , as strikingly as ever in the midterm elections.
The president will explain how America’s position in the world and its democracy are at stake, the official said. Biden will highlight what he sees as progress over the past two years to protect our democracy, but notes that rights and freedoms remain at risk.
“He will make it clear who is fighting for those rights, for those freedoms and for our democracy,” the official said.
Biden will deliver the speech outside Independence Hall, another echo of his 2020 candidacy, which began with a rally in Philadelphia. In that campaign, Biden repeatedly tapped into the message of not only the nation’s Founding Fathers, but other great leaders as well, emphasizing how he saw then-President Donald Trump as one who would change the character of the nation if he would receive a new term of office. He later drew on Abraham Lincoln with a keynote speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Franklin Roosevelt in Warm Springs, Georgia, in the closing weeks of the 2020 campaign.
Thursday’s speech comes as Biden ramps up his travel schedule in the final months of the midterm elections. The Philadelphia event will be his third in the battlefield state in the span of a week. Biden plans to discuss his public safety plan on Tuesday and will contrast that with what he will say as an “extreme MAGA agenda” by congressional Republicans that “poses a threat to the rule of law.”
While it’s not yet clear how much Biden will call on his predecessor this week, he and his advisers have made it clear that they believe the former president’s hold on the GOP has increased Democrats’ chances of protecting congressional majorities this fall.
Last week, in remarks at a Democratic National Committee meeting in Maryland, Biden said that “MAGA Republicans are not only threatening our personal rights and economic security, they are a threat to our own democracy.”
“They refuse to accept the will of the people. They embrace – political violence. They don’t believe in democracy,” he said. “This is why, right now, those of you who love this country — Democrats, independents, mainstream Republicans — we need to be stronger, more determined, and more committed to saving America than the MAGA Republicans are to destroying America. “
On Monday, Republicans rejected the president’s upcoming speech.
Biden has pitted neighbors against each other, labeled half of Americans fascist, and tarnished any idea of his promise of ‘unity’. Families are left with a recession, high gas prices and a nation on the wrong track,” Republican National Committee spokeswoman Emma Vaughn said in an emailed statement.