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Ahead of November’s midterm elections, President Joe Biden announced he would be giving a prime-time speech Thursday night.
The speech will focus on the “continued battle for the soul of the nation,” with early voting ahead of the general election in November.
The prime-time speech
Biden will deliver his speech outside Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, known as the birthplace of American democracy.
He also started his 2020 presidential campaign in Philadelphia.
The Maryland rally
The speech comes shortly after Biden introduced aggressive new rhetoric at a Democratic rally in Maryland last week.
The president accused Republicans of “semi-fascism” and said he did not respect “these MAGA Republicans”.
The rally launched a mid-range effort to label Republicans “increasingly extreme.”
“They refuse to accept the will of the people. They embrace political violence. They don’t believe in democracy,” said Biden during the rally.
“This is why, in this moment, those of you who love this country — Democrats, independents, mainstream Republicans — we must be stronger, more determined, and more committed to saving America than the MAGA Republicans are to destroying America.”
During the rally, Democrats argued that abortion rights, climate change, democracy, and the survival of Social Security were all on the ballot.
“In 2020, you and 81 million Americans voted to save our democracy,” said the President at the rally.
“That’s why Donald Trump isn’t just a former president – he is a defeated former president. And it’s not hyperbole. Now you need to vote to literally save democracy again.”
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What is Biden’s speech about?
A White House official said the president’s speech will show how Biden makes the central topic of his 2020 candidacy more important than ever as the midterm elections approach.
According to the official, President Joe Biden will explain where America is in the world and how important democracy is.
He will also highlight the progress he has seen in protecting the country’s democracy over the past two years.
Biden’s speech also shows how American rights and freedoms remain under threat.
“He will make clear who is fighting for those rights, fighting for those freedoms, and fighting for our democracy,” said the official.
The White House has not released any other details of Biden’s speech, other than the topic revolving around his 2020 campaign slogan.
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Biden approval ratings
With legislative victories in Congress and falling gas prices, President Joe Biden has seen his approval ratings improve.
Earlier this year, his rating hit 40%. Adding to that sentiment, a Gallup poll found that 44% of Americans approved of Biden’s professional performance, giving him his highest score in a year.
Meanwhile, a CBS News poll showed Biden’s approval rating hit 45%.
The president will travel to Philadelphia, his second trip this week to Pennsylvania, which will be a key battleground for Democrats to retain control of the Senate after November.
Biden will also travel to Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday to address public safety issues and combat gun crime.
He is going to a Labor Day parade in Pittsburgh on Monday.
Biden to give primetime speech Thursday on ‘continued battle for the soul of the nation’ in Philadelphia
Biden to give prime-time speech on ‘soul of the nation’ as voters prepare to cast midterm ballots