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Biden gets into the swing of his campaign

Photo: Shawn Thew Associated Press Joe Biden after his State of the Union speech on the evening of Thursday, March 7

Danny Kemp – Agence France-Presse in Washington

March 9, 2024

  • United States

Buoyed by the mostly positive reception given to his State of the Union speech, Joe Biden is taking his combative message against Donald Trump with him on the road to the presidential campaign on Friday.< /p>

The Democratic president, who is seeking a second term in November, has several key states on his agenda. As the return match against his Republican predecessor gets underway, he goes first to Pennsylvania on Friday, then to Georgia on Saturday.

Next week, the octogenarian will go to New Hampshire on Monday, to Wisconsin on Wednesday and to Michigan on Thursday.

On Thursday evening, Mr. Biden delivered one of the fiercest State of the Union addresses ever delivered in the congressional chamber, transforming a solemn high mass into a forceful rally country.

He has repeatedly attacked Donald Trump, accusing him of “submitting” to Russian President Vladimir Putin and posing a threat to American democracy. He also attacked the elected representatives of the Republican Party, judging that they were bowing down to the business magnate.

The purpose of this speech lasting more than an hour was also to allay concerns surrounding the age of Joe Biden, who peppered his speech with jokes, between attacks.

As donor money pours in, Mr. Biden will now campaign in every swing state in March, according to his team, in an attempt to get his message to voters.< /p>

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As for Vice-President Kamala Harris, she is traveling to Arizona and Nevada with Hispanic voters in her sights, according to the same source.

“Joe Biden is on a mission to connect with voters where they are and bridge our divides,” said campaign chair Jen O'Malley Dillon.

“While Donald Trump, saddled with a losing agenda and a cash-strapped operation, is actively alienating decisive voters,” she added.

Assailed by business, Mr. Trump alternates between campaign rallies and court appearances — he has already spent nine of his days in a courtroom since the start of the year, according to a tally by Agence France-Presse .

The Republican was notably ordered to pay nearly $355 million in fines for financial fraud.

Mr. Biden travels to Philadelphia on Friday for a campaign event, his latest visit to Pennsylvania.

In this crucial state, many working-class voters abandoned the Democrats for Donald Trump in 2016, before Joe Biden rallied them to his cause in 2020.

Polls place the Democratic president behind his Republican rival this time. He hopes his State of the Union address will have given him a national platform to millions of voters.


Without ever mentioning Donald Trump by name, but referring to his rival as “my predecessor” 13 times, Mr. Biden launched a frontal attack on Republicans on issues ranging from abortion rights to economy, warning that freedom and democracy were in danger.

Democrats cheered, chanting “Four more years! ”, while Republicans frequently interrupted or booed him, particularly on immigration. He responded every time.

House Speaker, Republican Mike Johnson, seated behind Mr. Biden as is tradition, shook his head often in disapproval during the speech.

“It was an aggressive, hyperpartisan speech,” he said.

“Anyone can read a teleprompter […]. I think he’s a very weak president,” he added.

During his speech, Joe Biden also mentioned the war in Gaza, which provokes the fury of the very left wing of his party as well as the Arab-American community, very critical of his support for Israel.

The president announced that he had ordered the US military to build a temporary port in Gaza to deliver more humanitarian aid to the Palestinian territory besieged by Israel.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116