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Joe Biden urged Americans to protect democracy at the ballot box in the midterm elections as he called for an end to political violence in a speech on Wednesday.
The president compared the attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband to the attack by a pro-Trump mob on the US Capitol on January 6.
And he criticized the one-term president for refusing to accept the 2020 election results and putting “loyalty to himself ahead of loyalty to the Constitution.”
Earlier, as former President Barack Obama continues his late-night tour of states crucial to this year’s midterm elections, embattled GOP Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker said he would put his curriculum vitae next to that of Mr. Obama “at any time of the day”. – this despite numerous instances of Mr. Walker lying about his professional and educational background/
Mr. Obama gave a speech in Georgia earlier this week and will campaign with Joe Biden this weekend.
Meanwhile, a new poll in Pennsylvania has struck fear into Democratic hearts with the news that Senate candidate John Fetterman apparently holds just a point lead over Republican Mehmet Oz – this as the party advances in other states are declining or stubbornly failing to grow.
While the chances of Democrats holding the House still seem slim, control of the U.S. Senate hangs in the balance. Among the states where the parties effectively remain tied are the race for a GOP-held seat in Ohio and a Democratic defense in Nevada, although incumbent Senators Mark Kelly of Arizona and Raphael Warnock appear to maintain a slight lead.
Biden calls for democracy defense in DC speech
Graeme MassieNovember 2, 2022 11:37 p.m.
Biden warns of ‘chaos’ of MAGA candidates refusing to accept results
The president said Republicans not accepting the midterm election results were “unlawful.”
“I wish I could say the assault on our democracy ended on this day (January 6). But I can’t. As I stand here today, there are candidates for all the post levels in America … who will not commit to accepting the results of the election in which they run,” he said.
“In our bones, we know democracy is in jeopardy,” Biden said, saying he “knows” Americans will stand up for the country at the ballot box.
Graeme MassieNovember 2, 2022 11:22 p.m.
Biden slams Trump for election lies
“The defeated former President of the United States refuses to accept the results of the 2020 election, he refuses to accept the will of the people or accept this fact that he lost. He abused his power and made put loyalty to himself before loyalty to the constitution,” the president said.
“The big lie has been proven to be just that,” he said.
Graeme MassieNovember 2, 2022 11:11 p.m.
‘Democracy is on the ballot this year,’ says president
Mr Biden called it a moment of “national and generational significance” as he urged Americans to vote “knowing who we have been and what we stand to become”.
“We the people must decide if we will have fair and free elections where every vote counts,” he added, warning against “dark forces that crave power.”
Graeme MassieNovember 2, 2022 11:10 p.m.
“No place for political violence or voter intimidation in America,” Biden says.
“There is no place for political violence or voter intimidation in America. No place period, never place,” Mr Biden said.
Graeme MassieNovember 2, 2022 11:06 p.m.
Biden says describing the attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi “It’s even hard to say” because he compares the attack to the Jan. 6 attack.
Graeme MassieNovember 2, 2022 11:05 p.m.
Joe Biden begins speech on protecting democracy
The President delivers a speech on the state of American democracy.
Graeme MassieNovember 2, 2022 11:03 p.m.
Trump 2024 campaign prepares for post-midterm launch
While playing in front of a crowd of fans in Robstown, Texas, former President Donald Trump cheered as he talked about his first two runs for the White House – and teased a third.
“In order to make our country prosperous, safe and glorious again, I will probably have to do it again,” he said last month.
This carefully placed “probably” may soon disappear from Trump’s speech. The former president’s aides are quietly preparing a 2024 presidential campaign that could kick off shortly after next week’s midterm elections as Trump tries to capitalize on expected Republican victories to propel himself to the top of the list for the party nomination.
Olivier O’ConnellNovember 2, 2022 10:45 p.m.
Elon Musk: Trump and other banned users won’t be back on Twitter until midterm
Banned users won’t be back on Twitter ‘for weeks’, Elon Musk says, meaning former President Donald Trump and other blocked users on the platform won’t be back until the mid-election – Mandate of November 8.
The Tesla CEO completed his $44 billion purchase of the social media platform last week after failing to walk away from the deal.
Gustaf Kilander has the details.
Olivier O’ConnellNovember 2, 2022 9:45 p.m.
Kari Lake Calls Former Trump Adviser Steve Bannon ‘Modern-Day George Washington’
The former right-wing TV anchor is embroiled in a competitive race with Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, to be governor of the state.
Olivier O’ConnellNovember 2, 2022 9:15 p.m.