Biden casts early vote in US midterm elections – DW – 10/30/2022

US President Joe Biden cast his vote in the US midterms on Saturday, taking part in early voting ahead of the November 8 elections.

He cast his vote in his hometown of Wilmington, in the eastern state of Delaware.

With him was his granddaughter Natalie, who was voting for the first time.

Biden’s Democrats currently have control of both houses of Congress.

But opinion polls suggest the Republican opposition is likely to regain control of both chambers amid widespread voter discontent over high inflation.

After casting his vote, Biden told reporters that he “felt good” and that the midterms were “not a referendum” but rather a “choice.”

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“It is a fundamental choice, a choice between two very different visions for the country.”

Biden condemns attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband

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What did Biden say about attacking Pelosi’s husband?

Biden also spoke about the attack this week on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband at their home in California.

The president condemned the delicate political climate in the United States.

He blamed it on the false claims of former President Donald Trump and his followers that the last election was stolen.

“It’s one thing to condemn the violence,” Biden said. “But you cannot condemn the violence unless you condemn those people who continue to argue that the election was not real, that it was stolen.”

The intruder at Pelosi’s home, identified by police as a 42-year-old man, fractured her husband’s skull but had intended to target the speaker himself.

Pelosi, who as speaker of the House of Representatives is second in line for the presidency of the United States, was not at home at the time of the early morning attack.

Pelosi tweeted her first public statement since the attack on Saturday, saying she was “grateful for the quick response of law enforcement and emergency services” and the “life-saving medical care” her husband received.

What’s in store?

The ruling party often takes a beating during the mid-term elections. And many expect a similar result this time.

Many Americans have already cast their ballots in early voting, either by mail or directly at a polling station.

Turnout is usually lower in midterm elections than in presidential voting years.

All 435 seats in the House of Representatives are on the ballot, as well as 35 seats in the Senedd, just over a third of the upper chamber.

sri/wd (AFP, Reuters)

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