Biden to deliver democracy speech as midterms enter home stretch

Washington— President Biden is set to deliver a democracy-focused speech Wednesday night with the midterm elections less than a week away. According to his prepared remarks, the president will say this year, voters need to ask themselves whether the vote they cast “preserves democracy or endangers it.”

This is the “first national election since the events of January 6, when an armed and angry mob stormed the United States Capitol,” the president will say when speaking at the a Democratic National Committee event at Union Station in Washington, D.C.

“I wish I could say the assault on our democracy ended that day. But I can’t,” Mr Biden will say, in his prepared remarks. “As I stand here today, there are candidates running for every level of office in America: for governor, for Congress, for attorney general, for secretary of state , who will not commit to accepting the results of the elections in which they participate. This is the path to chaos in America. It is unprecedented. It is illegal. And it is un-American. As I I said before, you can’t love your country only when you win.”

Jen O’Malley Dillon, White House deputy chief of staff, said at an event hosted by Axios that Mr. Biden will reiterate his warning that democracy is at stake in this election cycle and that “everyone has a role to play”.

“I think the other thing that’s going to be really important, and something you’ve heard from President Biden in 2020, is that people are going to be able to vote. Over 25 million have already done so. They’re voting in everything the country,” she said. . “In some places where we will have a lot of attention, the votes will be counted and will take a few days to be counted, because that’s how democracy works, to make sure that every vote is counted. So he will point that out as well. “

Anita Dunn, senior adviser to Mr. Biden, said at the Axios event that Capitol Hill was chosen as the setting for the speech because of the violent attack on the nearby Capitol building on January 6, 2021, in which a crowd of former President Donald Trump’s supporters attempted to ‘subvert our democracy’.

“On January 6, we saw violence aimed at subverting democratic processes there, so this is an appropriate place to make these remarks tonight,” she said. “And political violence, the threat of political violence, which most Americans find abhorrent, the idea that you would use violence to advance your political means, you know, is something that unites almost all Americans, and against which we can all be united.”

Dunn pointed out the attack last week against Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, at their San Francisco home as an example of the “horrible” violence that has occurred recently. Pelosi was assaulted with a hammer and is recovering in a hospital in San Francisco. The assault suspect, identified by law enforcement as David DePape, pleaded not guilty to numerous state charges, including attempted murder, on Tuesday. DePape also faces federal charges of assaulting a federal official’s immediate family member and attempted kidnapping of a federal official.

The future of American democracy and the threats to it have been a theme in several of Mr. Biden’s speeches, and he has become more vocal in naming what he believes to be the partisan forces that threaten the democratic values ​​of the nation.

The President in September delivered a prime time address of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall criticizing so-called “MAGA Republicans” who hold beliefs contrary to democratic values.

Mr Biden’s speech comes as the midterm elections enter the home stretch, with Democrats hoping to retain control of the House and Senate. But recent CBS News polls show Republicans in a strong position to win a majority of House seats, as voters worry about the economy and continued inflation, as well as a volatile stock market.


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