Biden will sharpen his shutdown message in New York state, accusing Republicans of raising costs for Americans.



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President Joe Biden will step up his efforts to paint Republicans as a threat to Americans’ pocketbooks in a speech in New York state on Thursday, a closing argument that focuses less on his accomplishments and more on what he’s focused on if the GOP takes control. of Congress

Biden’s visit to a community college in Syracuse, New York, is intended to tout Micron’s commitment to invest $100 billion in semiconductor manufacturing, in part because of recent legislation that boosted domestic chip production.

But in his remarks, Biden also plans to go after Republican plans, which he said would eliminate some cost-cutting programs while rewarding the wealthy with new tax cuts.

A senior White House official said Biden would set “in stark relief” five areas where Republicans have proposed dismantling some of the Biden agenda.

They include plans to extend Trump-era tax cuts; Repealing the new drug pricing and health care cost provisions contained in the Inflation Reduction Act; elimination of tax credits for clean energy and electric vehicles; Opposing Biden’s Student Loan Plan; and threatening to cut Social Security and Medicare.

Although Biden has spent much of this year’s midterm contests highlighting steps he has taken to cut costs for Americans and boost American manufacturing, polls show Americans give him low marks on his handling of the economy.

Although gas prices have started to fall again, inflation continues to weigh on the minds of voters ahead of the November vote.

Biden, who has mostly avoided large campaign rallies in favor of official events to promote his agenda, has recently sharpened his attacks on Republicans for threatening to undo steps he says have cut costs for Americans.

“There are two very different ways of looking at our country. One, as I said before, is the view from Park Avenue, which helps the wealthy and perhaps reaches everyone in the country. The other is from Scranton or Claymont or thousands of towns across the country, like where I grew up,” he said at the White House on Wednesday, referring to the towns he lived in as children in Pennsylvania and Delaware.

However, he acknowledged that many Americans had not yet felt the benefit of the improving economy.

“I am optimistic. It will take some time. And I appreciate the frustration of the American people,” he said.

White House officials said Wednesday that Biden’s message in Syracuse would offer a sharp rebuttal to Republican plans, including the possibility of sending the country into default by refusing to raise the debt ceiling.

It’s a message Democratic officials hope will resonate in the final stretch of the campaign, as Republicans appear to be gaining ground. Biden himself is expected to continue traveling in the days leading up to the election, along with members of his cabinet.

A White House official said Cabinet members have traveled to 29 states since Oct. 1 on 77 separate trips to spread Biden’s message.

“We’re entering a period here where the choice before the American people is incredibly stark, and the president will continue to lay bare the impact on families of the mega MAGA divestment agenda that Republicans in Congress have put forward. And he’ll continue to press that case in the weeks ahead. ”, said the person in charge.

Biden’s midterm campaign schedule has so far focused mostly on states he won in the 2020 election, but the races are closer than expected.

In Syracuse, officials identified a region that will benefit from one of Biden’s top priorities, boosting domestic semiconductor production.

But it’s also at the center of a competitive House race in which a Trump-aligned conservative Republican is up against a moderate Democrat in a contest that’s now a toss-up. The seat is being vacated by retiring Republican Rep. John Katko.

New York State’s gubernatorial election has also heated up in recent weeks, with Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul facing off against Rep. Lee Zeldin in a race focused on rising crime rates.