US elections: Obama, at the head of the Democratic artillery to try to stop the Republican wave
One day, two states, three presidents, four rallies. The agenda of campaign events this Saturday for Joe Biden, Barack Obama and Bill ClintonIt has been the best example of the democratic effort in the final stretchHe is heading towards the legislative elections that the United States is holding this Tuesday to deploy heavy political artillery in a last effort to mobilize voters and, perhaps, scratch an undecided vote. And in this effort, no figure is considered more vital and useful for the formation than former President Obama, on whom hopes are placed to try to contain what, according to the polls, could lead to a crisis. to be a republican wave that extends beyond the country. of the anticipated control of the Lower House.
The bet on Obama is, in many ways, natural. As strategists have explained, the 61-year-old former president has not abused the foreground he could have occupied after leaving the White House. He maintains his oratorical power. And although it is estimated that his voice has lost some weight among young people and the racial coalition that supported him. Until the presidency, she is attractive to many middle-aged voters less concerned about her actions and political decisions while in office. The charge. He has lent his voice and his image for advertisements of 25 candidates .
The former president has also succeeded with the message at his rallies he overcame what many Democrats consider to have been a flaw in the party's strategy. Obama has been striking effective hits back at conservative attackson issues like inflation or crime. And he has done so without abandoning messages about abortion or about the threat Republican extremists are posing to the integrity of the democratic system, one of the issues he is on. dumping his work. Recently Obama has been holding private meetings with progressive leaders such as Chilean President Gabriel Boric and is organizing for the end of November a summit in New York with other emerging figures in politics and activists to discuss threats to democracy.
More popular than Biden
Obama continues to enjoy superior popularityto which he now has who was his vice president. And while Biden's low approval ratings partly explain why until this Saturday the president has stayed away from campaign events in battleground states that will be decisive on Tuesday like Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, Michigan and Wisconsin, Obama has visited them all.
Only this Saturday the two had planned a joint appearance >in Pennsylvania to support both the candidate for governor, Josh Shapiro, favorite in the polls, and the candidate for senator, John Fetterman, in a much closer fight and with whom Obama also he had another act in the morning. And that one meeting of Obama and Biden, like that. like the presence of Donald Trump in the state to support Fetterman's rival, Mehmet Oz,It demonstrates the importance of the fight for that seat for control of the Upper House, the only one at stake in a state that Biden won. in 2020 and where a Republican senator retires.
Obama is the heavyweight but not the only one that the Democrats are launching to promote this final effort. Two days after Hillary Clinton and Vice President Kamala Harris did itBill Clinton arrived in New York this Saturday to endorse Governor Kathy Hochul, whose career in the progressive state against Republican Lee Zeldin has become much more difficult. It's uphill from what was expected.
Bernie Sanders, still a pivotal force in mobilizing progressives and working-class voters, has been at his 81 years touring almost 20 rallies in eight stateswhich closes this Sunday also in Pennsylvania. There are also campaign events by the first lady, Jill Biden, and figures such as Senator Elizabeth Warren. And Fetterman's career succeeded. an impulse that came from outside politics when he received the support of the influential Oprah Winfrey , the woman who precisely launched to television fame to Dr. Oz.
Trump's personal interests
For Trump the acts of this final stretch of the campaign have a strong personal component. Except for the visit to Pennsylvania this Saturday, the former president has also avoided, like Biden, making appearances with candidates in key and disputed states. And his penultimate public appearance before one on Monday in Ohio will be on Sunday with Senator Marco Rubio, who has a comfortable lead over his Democratic rival in Florida. It is a state that has been moving away from its hinge status and leaning more and more on the Republican side. But it is also the state where it is. Who could present Trump's biggest competition in a potential fight for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination: Gov. a rally opposed to that of the former president.