Joe Biden Salutes Democrats’ Performance In Important US Polls
American midterm elections “I believe that democracy benefited from the day. It was a good day for America, in my opinion “At a press briefing at the White House, Joe Biden said.
Following an unexpectedly strong showing in the midterm elections, in which Republicans are edging closer to a narrow majority in only one chamber of Congress, US President Joe Biden hailed a “wonderful day for democracy” on Wednesday.
In spite of Republicans’ attacks on him over persistently high inflation and some voters questioning the validity of his election two years earlier, Biden claimed that the “vast majority” of Americans backed his economic program. He acknowledged the displeasure of voters.
“I believe that democracy benefited from the day. It was a good day for America, in my opinion “At a press briefing at the White House, Biden said.
There wasn’t a massive red wave as predicted by the media and analysts. A strong Republican showing was expected to support Donald Trump’s bid for the White House, so it was a disappointing night for him as well.
Regarding the candidates he personally supported, Trump said, “While in some ways yesterday’s election was somewhat disappointing, from my personal position it was a very huge win — 219 WINS and 16 Losses.”
On his Truth Social platform, the 76-year-old former president questioned, “Who has ever done better than that?”
Several of Trump’s well-known candidates were defeated, but his main adversary for the Republican presidential candidacy in 2024, Ron DeSantis, also triumphed handily to keep his position as governor of Florida.
For the first time since 2018, Republicans seem to be on course to retake the 435-member House, but only by a small margin.
Top Republican Kevin McCarthy, who aspires to become the next speaker of the house but put on a brave face after coming far short of picking up the 60 seats he originally anticipated, said: “It is apparent that we are going to take the House back.”
“Clear and unambiguous message”
If Biden had lost, there would have been doubts about whether he should seek office again in 2024, but instead, he fared better than any of his two Democratic predecessors, Barack Obama or Bill Clinton, who both lost badly in their first midterm elections.
When questioned about his plans during the press conference on Wednesday, Biden stated that he still had the “intention to run again,” but that he would make up his mind “early next year.”
Biden, who will turn 80 this month, praised the “record numbers” of young people who participated in the election and emphasized support for the right to an abortion, which was overturned in June by a Supreme Court that was altered by Trump nominees.
Voters made apparent their concerns in the polls, according to Biden. “There are still many people who are suffering.”
“They conveyed a clear and unequivocal message that they wish to maintain this country’s freedom of religion and democracy.”
The Senate was still up for grabs after the vote on Tuesday, but it was leaning Democratic. Control of the Senate may depend on a runoff election in the southern state of Georgia in December.
More than 100 Republicans who supported Trump’s “Big Lie” that Biden stole the 2020 election won that night, while a few of the former president’s hand-picked supporters were unsuccessful.
According to Jon Rogowski, a political science professor at the University of Chicago, “several of the candidates he sponsored underperformed and cost his party a chance to take up seats that should have been winnable.”
Rogowski stated, using abortion as an example, “Voters not only rejected many of Trump’s candidates, but they also rejected his views.”
Voters in five states approved abortion rights in ballot measures, rejecting the conservative-dominated Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the procedure’s constitutional right in June.
“Definitely not a wave of Republicans,”
Republicans only required an additional seat to take control of the equally split Senate.
However, by Wednesday, Democrats had won the lone seat that had changed hands, with John Fetterman, a supporter of liberal economic policies, defeating Trump’s favored celebrity physician Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania.
Top Trump supporter and senator from South Carolina, Lindsey Graham, plainly admitted to NBC that the election “certainly is not a Republican wave, that’s for darn sure.”
A House controlled by Republicans could still scuttle Biden’s program by opening investigations, thwarting his goals about climate change, and probing the tens of billions of dollars in US aid sent to Ukraine to assist it to battle Russia.
DeSantis easily wins –
To keep the Senate, Democrats need two more victories. Republicans will need two votes to win.
Despite the fact that the results of the Senate contests in Arizona and Nevada have not yet been tallied, incumbent Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin has proclaimed the victor on Wednesday.
No contender in Georgia’s Senate contest received the required 50 percent of the vote, forcing a runoff on December 6.
On a night of tight races, Florida’s Ron DeSantis, who has railed against Covid-19 mitigation measures and transgender rights and emerged as Trump’s major party contender for 2024, won one of the most important victories.
The 44-year-old DeSantis told the boisterous celebration of his victory, “I have only begun to battle.”
Trump has not yet formally entered the race for president of the United States in 2024 but has stated that he would make a significant announcement on November 15 despite being under investigation for stealing top secret information from the White House and attempting to rig the 2020 election.