Biden called on Americans to defend democracy in the midterm elections

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The president closed the Democrats' campaign at the University of Maryland outside Washington. He also recalled that this consultation is not about a referendum on his management

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Biden called on Americans defend democracy in midterm elections

Biden called on Americans to defend democracy. (REUTERS/Leah Millis)

Joe Bidenhe urged Americans to “defend democracy,” one last time before midterm elections that could reduce him to political impotence while paving the way for his rival Donald Trump in 2024.< /p>

“This is the time to defend democracy,” the president of the United States said on Monday.

“Our democracy is in danger”, he assured, at a time when the Republican candidates for the mid-term elections are threatening to inflict a defeat on him.

“We'll be there,” added the 79-year-old Democrat, at a university in Maryland, on the outskirts of Washington, with many African-Americans among the student body.

Biden called on Americans to defend democracy in the mid-term elections

The president closed the Democratic campaign at the University of Maryland outside Washington. (REUTERS/Leah Millis)

Biden was elected largely thanks to the support of the African-American community, which he has tried to mobilize again in recent days.

Before a generally enthusiastic audience – with the exception of a few quickly ousted vocal opponents – Biden described the Republicans as the party that “wants to undo” the social gains made under his rule.

The president warned that the Republicans “will undo everything achieved” during his government if they obtain a majority in Congress, and stressed that this Tuesday's elections are not a referendum on his administration but the moment to decide between “two visions” of the country.

“Our lives are going to be marked by what happens next year,” Biden said in his last campaign rally, in which he also warned that if the Republicans intend to carry out a national ban on abortion, he will veto that law.< /p>

Biden called on Americans to defend democracy in the midterm elections

The president was at an event at a university in Maryland, outside Washington, with many African-Americans in the student body. (REUTERS/Leah Millis)

Americans go to the polls to renew the 435 seats in the House of Representatives and a third of the Senate, in addition to electing governors and numerous local offices.

Republicans hope to take control of Congress, that is, not only from the House of Representatives, which is what usually happens in mid-term elections in which the party in power is sanctioned, but from the Senate, where Biden's Democrats only have a majority of one vote, that of Vice President Kamala Harris.

Kevin McCarthy, possible future leader of the Republicans in the House of Representatives, already saw on Monday on CNN the launch of investigations into the management of Joe Biden, from the withdrawal from Afghanistan to the management of the COVID pandemic. -19. Nor does he rule out an eventual impeachment procedure.

He also reiterated that he will not write a blank check to Ukraine if his party obtains a majority in the elections.

But the White House insisted that US support for Ukraine is “unwavering”, regardless of the election result.

Sanction vote

Historically, mid-term elections turn into a referendum on the White House tenant, who is rarely spared.

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Americans go to the polls to renew the 435 seats in the House of Representatives and a third of the Senate. (EFE/Samuel Corum)

If the Democrats suffer a defeat, Congress will remain in the hands of the opposition when Biden still has two years left in government.

Faced with the effectiveness of a Republican campaign focused on rampant inflation, Democrats have tried in recent days to insist on reforms launched by Biden, such as lowering prescription drug prices, the increase in the manufacture of microchips and record investments in infrastructure, but Americans will take years to notice the effects.

Aware of this, Biden tweeted this Monday : “I will do whatever it takes to bring down inflation.”

More than 42 million Americans have already voted early, surpassing the level of legislative elections of 2018, according to the US Elections Project.

(With information from EFE and AFP)

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