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Biden to deliver prime-time ‘soul of the nation’ speech as voters prepare to cast their midterm ballots

President Joe Biden plans to deliver a prime-time speech this week about how “America’s rights and freedoms are still under attack,” returning to the core message of his 2020 campaign as Americans prepare to vote in the US election. November midterm.

A White House official said Thursday’s speech at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia will focus on “the continuing battle for the soul of the nation” and show how the president sees the central argument of his presidential bid as 2020 remains as important as ever with the midterm elections. coming into clearer focus.

The president will expose how America’s position in the world and its democracy are at stake, the official said. Biden wants to highlight what he sees as progress in the last two years to protect our democracy, but he notes that rights and freedoms remain at risk.

“He will make it clear who is fighting for those rights, fighting for those freedoms and fighting for our democracy,” the official said.

Biden will deliver the speech outside Independence Hall, another echo of his 2020 candidacy, which began with a rally in Philadelphia. In that campaign, Biden repeatedly built on the message of not just the nation’s Founding Fathers, but other great leaders as well in highlighting how he viewed then-President Donald Trump as someone who would risk changing the character of the nation if another mandate was granted. She later drew on Abraham Lincoln with a major speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Franklin Roosevelt in Warm Springs, Georgia, in the final weeks of the 2020 campaign.

Thursday’s speech comes as Biden is ramping up his travel schedule in the final months of the midterm elections. The event in Philadelphia will be the third in the Battleground State in the span of a week. Biden intends to discuss his plan for public safety on Tuesday and will contrast it with what he will say is an “extreme MAGA agenda” from congressional Republicans that “is a threat to the rule of law.”

While it remains unclear how much Biden will invoke his predecessor this week, he and his advisers have made it clear they believe the former president’s grip on the GOP has increased Democrats’ chances of protecting majorities in Congress this week. fall.

Last week, speaking at a Democratic National Committee rally in Maryland, Biden said “MAGA Republicans not only threaten our personal rights and economic security, they are a threat to our democracy.”

“They refuse to accept the will of the people. They embrace political violence. They don’t believe in democracy,” he said. “That is why, right now, those of you who love this country — Democrats, independents, mainstream Republicans — must be stronger, more determined, and more committed to saving America than MAGA Republicans are to destroying America. USA”.

On Monday, Republicans rejected the president’s upcoming speech.

“Biden has pitted neighbors against each other, labeled half of Americans fascists, and tarnished any idea of ​​his promise of ‘unity.’ Families are left with a recession, high gas prices and a nation on the wrong track,” Republican National Committee spokeswoman Emma Vaughn said in an emailed statement.

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