Biden to deliver prime-time speech on ‘soul of the nation’ as voters prepare to vote midterm

President Joe Biden plans to deliver a prime-time speech this week on how “America’s “rights and freedoms are still under attack,” returning to the central message of his 2020 campaign as Americans prepare to vote in the November midterm elections.

A White House An official said Thursday’s speech at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia would focus on ‘the ongoing battle for the soul of the nation’ and show how the president sees the central argument of his 2020 candidacy still also salient with the midterm elections becoming clearer. to concentrate.

The president will explain how America’s position in the world and its democracy are at stake, the official said. Biden will highlight what he sees as progress over the past two years to protect our democracy, but will note that rights and freedoms remain under threat.

“It will make it clear who is fighting for these rights, fighting for these freedoms and fighting for our democracy,” the official said.

Biden will deliver the speech outside Independence Hall, another echo of his 2020 candidacy, which began with a rally in Philadelphia. During this campaign, Biden repeatedly drew on the message of not only the nation’s founding fathers, but also other great leaders, to underscore how he viewed then-President Donald Trump as someone who would risk changing the character of the nation if given another term. He then drew inspiration from Abraham Lincoln with a major speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and from Franklin Roosevelt in Warm Springs, Georgia in the final weeks of the 2020 campaign.

Thursday’s speech comes as Biden ramps up his travel schedule in the final months of the midterm elections. The event in Philadelphia will be his third in the battleground state in the space of a week. Biden intends to discuss his public safety plan on Tuesday and will contrast that with what he will say is an “extreme MAGA agenda” by Congressional Republicans that “poses a threat to the rule of law.”

While it’s still unclear to what extent Biden will invoke his predecessor this week, he and his advisers have made it clear they believe the former president’s grip on the GOP has increased Democrats’ chances of protecting majorities in Congress this fall.

Last week, in remarks at a Democratic National Committee rally in MarylandBiden said “MAGA Republicans not only threaten our personal rights and economic security, they are a threat to our very democracy.”

“They refuse to accept the will of the people. They embrace — political violence. They don’t believe in democracy,” he said. “That’s why, right now, those of you who love this country — Democrats, Independents, mainstream Republicans — we need to be stronger, more determined, and more committed to saving America than the MAGA Republicans are. to destroy America.”

On Monday, Republicans rejected the president’s upcoming speech.

“Biden has pitted his neighbors against each other, branded half of Americans fascists, and tarnished any idea of ​​his ‘unity’ promise. Families are left with a recession, high gas prices and a nation on the wrong track,” Republican National Committee spokeswoman Emma Vaughn said in an emailed statement.

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