LATROBE, Pa. – Former President donald trump predicts the destruction of America if his Republican compatriots don’t deliver a massive wave of elections on Tuesday. Democrats led by the President Joe Biden and two other former presidents warn that abortion rights, social security and even democracy itself are at stake.
Three of the six living presidents delivered somber closing messages on the Pennsylvania battlefield Saturday as they entered the final weekend of the 2022 midterm elections, but their words resonated across the country as millions of Americans did submit ballot to decide the balance of power in Washington and key state capitals. Polling stations across America will close Tuesday, but more than 39 million people have already voted.
On Sunday, Biden was scheduled to campaign in a suburb of New York while Trump drove to Florida.
“If you want to stop the destruction of our country and save the American dream, you have to vote Republican in a huge red wave Tuesday,” Trump told thousands of cheering supporters as he campaigned in western Pennsylvania on Saturday and the United States so described as “a country in decline”
Earlier in the day, Biden shared the stage with former President Barack Obama in Philadelphia, the former running mates campaigning together for the first time since Biden took office. In neighboring New York, even former President Bill Clinton, who has been largely absent from national politics in recent years, defended his party.
“Melting and moping is not an option,” Obama lamented. “On Tuesday, let’s ensure that our country is not thrown back 50 years.”
Not everyone, it seemed, was up to speed at the start of the weekend.
Even before arriving in Pennsylvania, Biden was grappling with a new political mess after angering some in his party for promoting plans to shut down fossil-fuel power plants in favor of green energy. While he was making the comments in California A day before, the fossil fuel industry is a major employer in Pennsylvania.
Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, said the president owes an apology to coal workers across the country. He called Biden’s comments “insulting and disgusting.”
Trump seized the reef in western Pennsylvania and accused Biden of “restarting the war on coal, your coal.”
The White House said Biden’s words “had been twisted to suggest a meaning that was not intended; he regrets that anyone who heard these comments took offense” and that he was “commenting on an economic and technical issue”.
Democrats are deeply concerned about their narrow House and Senate majorities as voters sour at Biden’s leadership amid rising inflation, crime concerns and widespread pessimism about the country’s direction. History suggests that the Democrats, as the party in power, will suffer significant losses in the midterms.
Trump peered ahead toward Florida as he campaigned in Pennsylvania, beating the state’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. After showing the president’s recent poll results on the big screens, Trump dubbed DeSantis, a potential 2024 GOP rival, “Ron DeSanctimonious.”
Trump’s weekend trips were part of a late blitz that will also take him to Ohio. He’s hoping a strong GOP appearance on Tuesday will add momentum the 2024 run he is expected to start in the days or weeks after the polls close.
Time and again on Saturday, Trump falsely claimed that he only lost the 2020 election because Democrats cheated while he raised the possibility of cheating voter fraud this coming week. Partly because of such rhetoric, federal intelligence services have warned against that possibility of political violence of right-wing extremists in the coming days.
“Allen, I promise you, in the next – very, very, very short time – you will be happy,” Trump said of another offer from the White House. “But first we must win a historic victory for the Republicans on November 8.”
Biden’s speech in Pennsylvania was essentially the same as he’s been delivering for weeks – highlighting a grab bag of his key legislative accomplishments while warning that abortion rights, voting rights, Social Security and Medicare are at risk should Republicans take control of Congress.
The president highlighted the inflation-reducing action passed by the Democratic-led Congress in August, which includes several health care measures popular with older adults and less affluent individuals, including a $2,000 cap on out-of-pocket medical expenses and a $35 monthly cap per insulin prescription. The new law also requires companies that increase prices faster than headline inflation to pay a rebate to Medicare.
But with a larger and more energetic audience in his home state, Biden’s energy seemed lifted.
“We need to reaffirm the values that have long defined us,” Biden said threats to democracy. “We are good people. I know that.”
He added, “Get out and vote!”
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