US President Joe Biden addressed the members of the DNC at the House Democratic Caucus Issues Conference in Philadelphia on March 11. The conference was held over two days, and the Democrats gathered in Philadelphia to brainstorm strategies for the midterm elections. Biden’s words at this conference were viewed by many as a desperate move by Democrats ahead of midterms, in light of the recent boom in support for Trump.
Democrats appeared to be upbeat and excited for their first in-person meeting since the pandemic. A DNC National Committee member from South Dakota, Deb Knecht said, “It’s just wonderful to get back and make those connections again and to see people you haven’t seen for a while and get motivated again. Because Democrats getting together to motivate each other. I feel like we really needed this.”– he added.
“The only thing I’ll have is a Veto pen” –Joe Biden at DCIC
Joe Biden highlighted how crucial this year’s midterm election is, saying, “This off-year election, in my view, maybe the most important off-year election in modern history,” he said. “We know the fundamental change that shifts if we lose the House and Senate. The only thing I’ll have then is a veto pen.”
The Democrats’ political fate is heavily influenced by the current situation of the American economy under the Biden Administration. The US saw record-breaking levels of inflation amidst the challenge of countering Russia in light of the Ukrainian invasion.
It has been a trend throughout the history of US politics that the party currently wielding power loses seats in midterm elections. And political odd-makers (some Democratic law-makers too) are anticipating just that.
Democrats rely on Biden’s wins ahead of tenacious midterm elections
Faced with the upcoming midterm, Democrats are looking to “sell” to the Americans, President Biden’s accomplishments to tide them over the tough elections.
“We have a record — a record to be proud of, an agenda that addresses the biggest concerns here in America, in people’s lives, the message that resonates,” -said Biden. “And now, what we have to do is we have to sell it with confidence, clarity, conviction, and repetition.”
Democrats in two minds over inflation effects on November elections
Democrats seem to be in two minds over how the record-breaking inflation and sky-high gas prices might affect the midterm elections in November. While some think Biden’s wins might save them, others are of the opinion that voters might turn their backs on them.
Despite the overbearing pressure of inflation, there are a few things that might prove to be helpful in the midterm like the American Rescue Plan (covid relief campaign), the bipartisan infrastructure act, and job growth at the top of the list.
“It’s a matter of us taking ownership of the good work that we’re doing, I think there’s a tremendous amount of opportunity for us to get out and really pound the drum on the good work that’s gone on.”-said Rion Ramierez, a DNC member from Seattle.
Biden’s blaming Putin for record inflation
President Biden at the Philadelphia conference on Saturday claimed that Putin was to blame for the skyrocketing inflation in America.
“A second big reason for inflation is Vladimir Putin,” Biden said. “From the moment he put his over one hundred and fifty thousand troops on the Ukrainian border, the price of gasoline in January went up 75 cents and Putin began amassing troops along the border.”
“Make no mistake, inflation is largely the fault of Putin,” -he added.
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