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Biden in Florida for a final push before the "midterms"

"You've paid into Social Security all your life.

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Biden in Florida for a final push before the "midterms"

"You've paid into Social Security all your life. You've earned it. But these guys want to take it away from you. Who the hell do they think they are?" , said the American president in Hallandale Beach.

He criticized a program presented by the Republican Senator from Florida Rick Scott, who wants to put two pillars of the American welfare state to the vote every five years in Congress.

These are "Social Security", which is essentially an old-age insurance having its origins in the great crisis of the 1930s, and "Medicare", a federal health insurance intended mainly for the elderly, in place from the 1960s.

The 79-year-old Democrat, pointing out that 21% of Florida residents are over the age of 65, said: "I will continue to fight for these programs because I believe, in words my father used constantly, that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity".

He concluded his speech with these words: "God bless you, God protect our military, and God enlighten some of our Republican friends a little."

Joe Biden is trying, with mixed success, to pose as a defender of the working middle class in the face of Republican opposition he deems committed to the cause of the wealthiest.

He had been promising for a while to go to Florida, historically considered a "swing state" likely to vote sometimes left sometimes right, but which recently seems to lean more clearly for the conservative camp.

After this speech with a strong social content, he will put on his cap as leader of the Democratic camp for fundraising events in favor of his party's candidates for governor and senator.

The Democrats are largely beaten in these two polls and the visit of Joe Biden should not change the situation.

"The Republicans were very successful in convincing Spanish speakers to start voting" for them, while this population, very represented in the state, leaned more towards the Democrats, explains Aubrey Jewett, political scientist at the University of Central Florida. .

He highlights the appeal of former President Donald Trump, and current Governor Ron DeSantis, a rising star on the hard right, with their very conservative stance on social issues, or their criticism of what they call "Communist" aims. of the Biden administration.

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"It worked with a certain percentage of Spanish speakers who said to themselves: We didn't flee Cuba or South America to have the same thing here," he says.

Susan MacManus, professor of political science at the University of South Florida, believes that "Republicans are much better at keeping up with the constant and massive demographic changes" in this state.

She points out, for example, that “many younger people have come to settle here with their families because (the republican authorities) did not want to close the schools” in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Joe Biden was relatively discreet during the campaign for the "midterms", which should, according to the polls, see at least the House of Representatives switch to the Republican side.

After a start to the campaign heavily focused on abortion rights and defense of democracy, and facing a conservative camp that projects a virulent message about the cost of living and crime, the Democratic Party wants to speak more about the concerns daily life of Americans.

But Joe Biden is struggling to get his message across as "president of the middle class" in a context of galloping inflation. The Democratic Party has also called for help from former President Barack Obama and his undeniable oratorical talents to mobilize his troops.

The former and current Democratic presidents are to appear together on Saturday for a rally in Pennsylvania, a hotly contested state.

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