Biden’s midterm closing message: Republican economic plans would ‘create chaos’​​​​​​

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President Joe Biden stepped up his efforts to portray Republicans as a threat to Americans’ wallets in a New York State speech on Thursday, a closing argument focused less on his own achievements and more on what the GOP would say. can do if they take control of Congress.

Biden’s visit to a community college in Syracuse, New York, was intended to praise Micron’s promise to invest $100 billion in semiconductor manufacturing, in part because of recent legislation bolstering domestic chip manufacturing. But in his comments, Biden also went after Republican plans that he claimed would take away some of the cost-cutting programs he’s put in place while rewarding the wealthy with new tax cuts.

“Republicans always had platforms,” ​​Biden said. “Well, I can’t tell you what they’re for. But they will definitely tell you what they are up against.”

“Then they come after Social Security,” Biden added. “They’re going to shut down the government, refuse to pay America’s bills for the first time in American history to default America…unless we give in to their demands to cut Social Security and Medicare.”

“Nothing is going to cause more chaos or more damage to the US economy than if it happened,” Biden said.

The event served as a real-time demonstration of a cold political reality. Despite guiding one of the fastest economic recovery periods in modern history and securing four major legislative victories tied to its economic agenda, economic discontent, particularly over high inflation, is driving Democratic majorities in the House and Senate. still in danger.

“We can talk about what we’ve done, all these huge legislative victories, until we’re blue in the face,” a Democratic campaign official said. “If people can’t feel it, it doesn’t matter right now.”

The president has spent weeks focusing on creating a contrast between the two parties, but his sharpened message comes as Democrats grow increasingly concerned about the possibility that the narrow universe of undecided voters in the final days of the campaign may be sharply opposed to their opponents. party could break.

Syracuse, in particular, will benefit from a key Biden priority — semiconductor manufacturing — but it’s also the center of a competitive House race, where a conservative, Trump-aligned Republican takes on a moderate Democrat in a contest that’s currently a coin toss. is. upwards. The seat is vacated by retiring incumbent Republican Rep. John Katko.

New York State’s gubernatorial elections have also tightened in recent weeks, with incumbent Democratic administration Kathy Hochul running against Rep. Lee Zeldin in a race that is heavily focused on increasing crime rates.

While Biden has spent many of this year’s midterms highlighting steps he’s taken to cut costs for Americans and boost U.S. manufacturing, polls show Americans are giving him poor grades on his handling of the economy. He’s trying to use Thursday as a moment to bridge the ubiquitous gap between an economy he calls “strong as hell” and voters who believe the exact opposite.

The president received some good news Thursday morning: Gross domestic product — the broadest measure of economic activity — rose 2.6% year-on-year in the third quarter, according to initial estimates released Thursday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. It represents a sharp rebound after two quarters of negative growth that became a magnet for GOP attacks.

But as a demonstration of political reality, Biden’s political advisers framed the day around an aggressive attack on Republican economic proposals.

At the heart of the political message is something that has come out prominently in Biden’s own comments in recent days.

“Everyone wants to make it a referendum, but it’s a choice,” Biden said in a speech earlier this week, explaining that Republican congressional majorities “will crash the economy.”

Biden, who has largely avoided major campaign rallies in favor of official events designed to advance his agenda, has recently stepped up his attacks on Republicans as they threaten to undo the steps he says have cut costs for Americans.

“There are two very different ways of looking at our country. One, as I mentioned before, is the view from Park Avenue, which says to help the rich and maybe that trickles down to everyone in the country. The other is from Scranton or Claymont or thousands of cities across the country like where I grew up,” he said at the White House on Wednesday, referring to cities where he lived as a child in Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Still, he acknowledged that many Americans had not yet felt the benefit of a recovering economy.

“I’m optimistic. It’s going to take a while. And I appreciate the frustration of the American people,” he said.

Democratic officials hope Biden’s message will resonate in the latter part of the campaign as Republicans appear to be gaining momentum. Biden himself is expected to continue to travel in the days leading up to the election, along with members of his cabinet.

A White House official said cabinet members have made 77 different trips to 29 states since Oct. 1. to reinforce Biden’s message.

“We are entering a period here where the choice for the American people is incredibly stark, and the president will continue to illustrate exactly the impact the mega MAGA move-in agenda proposed by Congressional Republicans will have on families, and he will take that case from now on.” and continue to push for the coming weeks,” the official said.

Biden’s mid-term campaign schedule so far has focused mainly on states he won in the 2020 election, but which are nonetheless closer than expected races.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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