TITLE: Hard battle between Democrats and Republicans in view of the November elections
SLUG: USA LABOR DAY
DATE: SEPTEMBER 05 2022
AUTHOR: IACOPO LUZI
LOCATION: WASHINGTON DC
VIDEO SOURCE: REUTERS, AP
To mark Labor Day, President Joe Biden traveled to two swing states on Monday, determined to reframe November’s midterm elections as a decisive choice between democracy and the extremism of Donald Trump. Elections that have an uncertain result 9 weeks from November 8. Iacopo Luzi has the news.
The unofficial start of fall, Labor Day, also traditionally kicks off a political moment in the United States, with campaigns striving to get voters excited ahead of the election scheduled for November 8.
Control of the lower house and the Senate, as well as some of the country’s most important governorships, will be decided there.
((NAT SOUND: Biden entering Wisconsin rally))
For that reason, President Joe Biden traveled to Pennsylvania for the third time in a week and to Wisconsin this Monday, two crucial states to promote Democratic candidates in this nine-week electoral sprint. And he again criticized Donald Trump’s Republicans, which he again defined as extremists.
((SOT: Joe Biden, President of the USA))
((ENG: “Not every Republican embraces that extreme ideology. I know because I’ve been able to work with mainstream Republicans my whole career, but the extreme Maga Republicans in Congress have chosen to go backwards, full of anger, violence, hate and division.”))
ENG: “Not all Republicans embrace that extreme ideology. I know this because I have been able to work with Republican leaders my entire career, but Maga’s extremist Republicans in Congress have chosen to go backwards, they are full of anger, and they promote violence, hate and division.”
Biden, as in Philadelphia last Thursday, called this election “a battle for the soul of the nation” and reiterated that Republicans close to Trump are destroying American democracy.
((NAT SOUND: trump entering))
Former President Donald Trump, who is also campaigning for November and in Pennsylvania on Saturday, blasted Biden, citing alleged 2020 election fraud.
((SOT: Donald Trump, former US president))
((ENG: “Joe Biden came to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to give the most vicious, hateful and divisive speech ever delivered by an American president, vilifying 75 million citizens, plus another probably 75 to 150 if we want to be accurate about it, as threats to democracy and as enemies of the state, you’re all enemies of the state. He’s an enemy of the state.”)
ENG: “Joe Biden came to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to give the most vicious, hateful and divisive speech ever given by an American president, vilifying 75 million citizens, plus another probably 75 to 150 if we want to be precise about it, as threats to democracy and as enemies of the state, you are all enemies of the state. He is an enemy of the state.”
Races in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin could decide which party controls the Senate next year, while the winner of each governorship could influence the results of the 2024 presidential election.
((STAND-UP: Iacopo Luzi, Voice of America))
ESP: Recent polls suggest that in November, the Republicans could retake the House of Representatives and the Democrats keep the Senate. And this is a new and important change because in past months it was believed that the Republicans would have won hands down, retaking both chambers. Republicans still hold a lead, but Democrats now have a new boost with just 9 weeks to go before the election.
From Washington, Iacopo Luzi, Voice of America.