Posing as a “president of the middle class” in the face of an opposition accused of riding for the rich: Joe Biden set the tone, Tuesday in Florida, for the final stretch of the campaign.
“You have contributed all your life to old-age insurance (“Social Security”, in English). You earned it. But these guys want to take that away from you. But who in God’s name do they think they are?” said the US president in a speech at Hallandale Beach. He accused conservatives of wanting to challenge two pillars of the US welfare state.
These are “Social Security”, which is essentially old-age insurance originating in the Great Depression of the 1930s, and “Medicare”, a federal health insurance intended primarily for the elderly, in place from the 1960s.
In this southern state which leans more and more to the right, Joe Biden has come to support the Democratic candidates for governor and senator, both left behind in the polls. Above all, he took the opportunity to hammer home his economic and social message to all Americans.
At a campaign rally in Miami, he listed his very concrete reforms on drug prices, on hearing aid prices, on hidden fees charged by airlines and banks, on the partial obliteration of student debt… Conversely, he tried to paint the conservative opposition as the party of money.
Mentioning Kevin McCarthy, who could become the boss of the House of Representatives in the event of a Republican victory, Joe Biden launched, addressing the students of Florida Memorial University: “He wants to return power to the pharmaceutical giants so that they continue to rob us with the price of drugs.” If the Republicans win Congress, “a lot of big business will again be able to avoid paying taxes.” Their program “is going to do a lot of harm to the working and middle classes,” he said.
“Middle class Joe”
“Like many of you, I come from a middle class family. You know what? We know what it’s like when times get tough. We understand,” Joe Biden said again, donning the “Middle Class Joe” costume he loves.
The president was relatively discreet during the campaign for the “midterms”, which should, according to the polls, see at least the House of Representatives switch to the Republican side. The Democrats, on the other hand, could retain control of the Senate, the other chamber of Congress.
After a start to the campaign strongly focused on defending abortion rights and democracy, and faced with a conservative camp that projects a virulent message on the cost of living and crime, the Democratic Party seems to want to talk more about the everyday concerns of Americans.
But the message is struggling to get through in a context of runaway inflation. The Democratic Party has also called for help from former President Barack Obama and his undeniable oratorical talents to mobilize his troops. And Joe Biden’s candidates have also received unusual support from certain Republican Party figures, breaking away from former President Donald Trump.
“I believe I never voted for a Democrat, and for sure I never campaigned for a Democrat, but right now my party has really gotten lost,” he said on Tuesday, for example. Liz Cheney, spokesperson for anti-Trump Republicans, who has publicly endorsed two Democratic candidates. Recalling her many doubts about Joe Biden’s economic policy, she said that “we will not even be able to have these debates if we elect Donald Trump again” or if the candidates who are loyal to him win.
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