Republicans and Democrats make last arguments as midterms loom | US midterm elections 2022


Political leaders from both sides of the aisle held their closing speeches to voters on Sunday two days before the hotly contested US midterm elections, in which several top Democrats framed the election as a referendum on US democracy.

Republicans, meanwhile, backtracked by saying they would better handle Americans’ economic woes and repeatedly claimed their rivals were ill-equipped to help voters, despite Democratic rhetoric that the GOP was responsible for the country’s political division.

“The stakes are about economics,” Minnesota Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar said on CNN’s State of the Union Address. “Every country in the world has had a hard time getting out of this pandemic.”

“The question [that] voters have to ask is, who do you trust to have people on the staff see them, who is going to stand up for them, Social Security and Medicare?”

Klobuchar also warned that a shift to the right could spell danger for this country. She noted that numerous Republican candidates have cast doubt on the 2020 election — saying Donald Trump’s shadow is “looming over” key states.

“These candidates are throwing the truth out the window – they are destroying the rule of law and laughing at political violence,” Klobuchar said. “If you’re a Democrat, an independent, or a moderate Republican, democracy is on the agenda and it’s time to vote for democracy.”

New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker expressed similar sentiments. “There is a lot at stake and we have to remember that after what we saw on January 6, Republican or Democrat, we should elect people who believe in our democracy, in our traditions, and who ultimately want to unite people and not divide them, ‘ said Booker on ABC’s This Week.

Referring in part to the attack on US House husband Nancy Pelosi, he added: “There is a culture of contempt in this country. You see that election workers are increasingly threatened. You see that judges are increasingly threatened. Heck, you even see members of Congress — like we saw with what happened to Paul Pelosi.

“Something has gone wrong in our country where increasing political violence, increasing threats really threaten who we are as a people.”

Democratic Congressman Jim Clyburn of South Carolina defended earlier comments on Fox News Sunday that the climate in the US resembled Germany in the early 1930s. The House majority whip pointed to denying election results and establishing ways for state officials to undo election results, also calling the press “the enemy of the people.”

Clyburn insisted he didn’t think people were wrong if they didn’t vote Democrat. On the contrary, it was about voting for people who were trying to sow skepticism about the validity of elections.

“If they don’t vote against election deniers. If they don’t vote against liars, people who lie, know full well that they’re lying, we all know they’re lying,” Clyburn said. “So when they lie, they deny, they try to remove them, they try to nullify votes — vote against that folly.”

During a pre-recorded interview that aired on ABC, Virginia Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin told voters that his party better represented their economic interests. Youngkin also touched upon cultural points of discussion, calling out the bogeyman of rising crime.

“Americans are in pain right now, and Republican governor candidates, because I’ve spent a lot of time with them, offer sober solutions to these most critical problems,” Youngkin said. “Americans sit at their dinner table and they worry about inflation and they worry about crime and they worry about their schools and they worry about the border.

“Republicans have clear, common sense solutions to all of these,” Youngkin also said, without detailing any of those alleged solutions.

The intensely ideological politics of both parties ahead of Tuesday points to a possible turning point for the country’s future. The party in charge of Congress often loses its majority in midterm elections. So a Republican majority at this point in Joe Biden’s presidency wouldn’t be shocking historically.

However, any dramatic political shift in the current climate could fuel the flames of unrest and pessimism in a country increasingly divided over issues of voting, gun control, race, reproductive freedom and LGBTQ+ rights.

And as political violence and conspiracy theories abound, Trump’s divisive politics could once again reign supreme, especially as he could soon announce his candidacy for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

Regardless of the outcome of the midterm elections, it remains unclear whether politicians will be able to propose meaningful legislative solutions to these problems. Major legislation is likely to require bipartisan cooperation, which seems unlikely in a bitterly partisan political climate.

On NBC’s Meet The Press, host Chuck Todd asked Florida Republican Senator Rick Scott, “What’s the first bill a Republican Congress sends to the President’s Office that you think he would sign?”

Scott did little more than follow the party line, saying, “I think the problem we’re dealing with is inflation. We need to figure out how to spend our money wisely so that we don’t continue this inflation. I think we should do everything we can to reduce these crime rates, so I think we should look at that. We need to secure the border.”

The Valley Voice
The Valley Voice
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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