October 24 (UPI) — President Joe Biden has touted his party’s political expediency in the upcoming midterm elections, touting achievements in the economy and health care costs in a speech Monday at Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington.
“I can’t think of a more consequential election,” Biden said Monday. “So far we’ve been racing against the tide and beating the tide. It’s going to shape how this country looks for the next decade.”
The state of the economy, job growth and Democrat efforts on health care costs were among the topics Biden touted as the party’s biggest accomplishments.
Biden fought for Democratic candidates ahead of the November 8 election, recently visiting his home state of Pennsylvania to support Senate candidate John Fetterman. His message was clear: these elections are crucial for the future of the United States.
The economy and inflation have been among the biggest hurdles for Democrats, especially over the past six months. Biden said Republicans have made it clear their intentions are to increase costs and allow businesses to “return to paying no federal taxes.”
“We Democrats are the fiscally responsible ones,” Biden said. “We’re investing all over America. Reducing day-to-day costs while reducing the deficit at the same time.”
The US Treasury Department announced that the national deficit had shrunk by $1.38 trillion in 2022.
Biden said Democrats will continue to protect Social Security and Medicare against Republican efforts to cut them. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hinted at leaving Social Security and Medicare out of talks about raising the debt ceiling last week. Rep. Nancy Mace, RS.C., spoke on Sunday about the plan as a way to cut spending.
Biden said the GOP will try to shut down the government and put the nation in default.
Biden compared his track record to former President Donald Trump’s tenure, when the national debt rose by about $8 trillion.
“We inherited a nation in crisis. An unending pandemic; an economy on the brink,” he said. “Look how far we’ve come. Twenty months ago, COVID ruled our lives. Today, infections are down 80% since we took office. Deaths are down 90%. We did it together .”
Roe’s upset against Wade in June created a galvanizing opportunity for Biden and Democrats, bringing something that was once a campaign warning to reality. The party rallied behind efforts to protect the right to access abortion while worrying what other rights might be on the table midterm. Biden said voters no longer need to imagine the stakes.
He did not rely solely on what has been done, but spoke of what is yet to come. He relied on the Inflation Reduction Act that capped out-of-pocket expenses at $2,000 for people with Medicare prescription drug coverage. He wants to see this taken further, mitigating the effects of high drug costs. In August, Republicans defeated a bill to cap insulin costs, and only seven of them withdrew from the party to vote for it.
“Guess what. We’ll get it next time,” Biden said. “We are.”
The midterm elections take place on Tuesday, November 8. There are 470 seats to be filled, including 435 seats in the House and 35 seats in the Senate.