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Ahead of the midterm elections in November, President Joe Biden announced he would deliver a prime-time speech on Thursday evening.
The speech will focus on “the continued battle for the soul of the nation” with early voting for the general election in November.
The prime time speech
Biden will deliver his speech outside Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, known as the birthplace of American democracy.
He also kicked off his 2020 presidential campaign in Philadelphia.
The speech comes shortly after Biden introduced aggressive new rhetoric at a Democratic rally in Maryland last week.
The president accused Republicans of “semi-fascism” and said he didn’t respect “these MAGA Republicans”.
The rally launched a mid-range effort to label Republicans “increasingly extreme.”
“They refuse to accept the will of the people. They embrace political violence. They don’t believe in democracy,” said Biden during the rally.
“This is why, in this moment, those of you who love this country — Democrats, independents, mainstream Republicans — we must be stronger, more determined, and more committed to saving America than the MAGA Republicans are to destroying America.”
During the rally, Democrats argued that abortion rights, climate change, democracy and the survival of Social Security are all on the ballot.
“In 2020, you and 81 million Americans voted to save our democracy,” said the President at the rally.
“That’s why Donald Trump isn’t just a former president – he is a defeated former president. And it’s not hyperbole. Now you need to vote to literally save democracy again.”
What Biden’s speech entails
A White House official said the president’s speech will show how Biden views the central topic of his 2020 candidacy as more important than ever as the midterm election approaches.
According to the official, President Joe Biden will explain where America is in the world and the importance of democracy.
He will also highlight the progress he has seen in the past two years in protecting the country’s democracy.
Biden’s speech also highlights how American rights and freedom remain at risk.
“He will make clear who is fighting for those rights, fighting for those freedoms, and fighting for our democracy,” said the official.
The White House has not released any further details on Biden’s speech, aside from the theme revolving around his 2020 campaign slogan.
Biden approval ratings
With legislative victories in Congress and falling gas prices, President Joe Biden has seen an improvement in approval ratings.
Earlier this year, his valuation hit 40%. To reinforce this sentiment, a Gallup poll found that 44% of Americans approved of Biden’s job performance, giving him the highest score in a year.
Meanwhile, a CBS News poll showed Biden’s approval rate hit 45%.
The president will travel to Philadelphia, his second trip this week to Pennsylvania, which will be a major battleground for Democrats to retain control of the Senate after November.
Biden will also travel to Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday to discuss public safety in an effort to curb armed crime.
He goes to Pittsburgh on Monday for a Labor Day parade.