WATCH LIVE: Biden joins Democratic candidates Val Demings and Charlie Crist at Florida event


President Joe Biden will attend a fundraiser for Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist and a rally for the state’s Democratic Party, including Senate candidate Val Demings, on Tuesday.

The event is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET. Look in the player above.

Visiting Florida, where Democrats trail in both the Senate and gubernatorial races, may seem counterintuitive just a week before polls close in the midterm elections when so many other races are tighter. Still, Biden allies say it illustrates the president’s efforts to go where he can help — Florida Democrats hope Biden can help increase grassroots turnout — but also to send a message that vulnerable Democrats can amplify nationwide.

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Biden has avoided appearing with some of the Democrats’ most beleaguered candidates, including Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock and Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly, but his aides insist he can be helpful from afar when speaking GOP policies they deem objectionable to voters. Biden is expected to campaign in New Mexico on Thursday, California on Friday and Pennsylvania on Saturday.

Biden seized on Florida Sen. Rick Scott’s February proposal to end all federal laws after five years, which the president said would force Congress to reauthorize Medicare and Social Security, as emblematic of what he called the “ultra-MAGA” agenda that Democrats are running against.

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Besides Scott’s plan, the White House said Biden would focus on other GOP proposals that affect older Americans, including raising the retirement age and repealing Medicare capacity. to negotiate drug prices with manufacturers and the $2,000 per year cap on drug costs. included in the Democrats’ August Health Care and Climate Act.


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