President Joe Biden plans to deliver a prime-time speech this week about how America’s “rights and freedoms” continue to be under attack, returning to the core message of his 2020 campaign as Americans prepare to vote in the midterms. November elections.
A White House official said Thursday’s speech at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia will focus on the “ongoing battle for the nation’s soul” and show how the president sees the central argument of his 2020 candidacy remains as important as ever. in the midterms they come into sharper focus.
The president will outline how America’s place in the world and its democracy are at stake, the official said. Biden will highlight what he sees as progress over the past two years to protect our democracy, but note that rights and freedoms remain at risk.
“It will make it clear who is fighting for these rights, for these freedoms and for our democracy,” the official said.
Biden will deliver the speech outside Independence Hall, another echo of his 2020 bid, which kicked off with a rally in Philadelphia. In that campaign, Biden repeatedly drew on the message of not only the nation’s Founders, but also other great leaders, emphasizing how he viewed then-President Donald Trump as someone who would risk changing the character of the nation if given another term. He 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 ramps up his travel schedule in the final months of the midterm elections. The event in Philadelphia will be his third on the battlefield in a week. Biden on Tuesday plans to discuss his public safety plan and will contrast it with what he says is an “extreme MAGA agenda” from congressional Republicans that “poses a threat to the rule of law.”
While it’s not yet clear how much Biden will invoke his predecessor this week, he and his advisers have made it clear they believe the former president’s dominance in the GOP has boosted Democrats’ chances of protecting congressional majorities this fall .
Last week, in remarks at a Democratic National Committee rally in Maryland, Biden said that “MAGA Republicans are not just a threat to our personal rights and economic security, they are a threat to our very democracy.”
“They refuse to accept the will of the people. They embrace — political violence. They don’t believe in democracy,” he said. “That’s why, right now, those of you who love this country – Democrats, Independents, Republicans – need to be stronger, more determined and more committed to saving America than MAGA Republicans are to destroying America.”
On Monday, Republicans rejected the president’s upcoming speech.
“Biden has pitted neighbors against each other, branded half of Americans as fascists and tarnished any notion of his promise of ‘unity.’ Families are left with a recession, high gas prices and a nation on the wrong path,” Republican National Committee spokeswoman Emma Vaughan said in an emailed statement.