US President Joe Biden called for voters to view the upcoming midterm elections as a choice between the parties, rather than a referendum on his administration, while speaking in Miami on Tuesday.
“This election is not a referendum. It’s a choice. It is a choice between two vastly different visions for America,” he told supporters. “I have said from the beginning that my objective when I ran was to build an economy from the bottom up and the middle out. An economy rewards work, not just wealth. An economy works for everybody.”
Footage shows the president on stage in front of hundreds of backers. Biden claimed the Republicans, led by House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, would overturn key healthcare provisions if they gained control of the chamber.
“He (McCarthy) wants to give the power back to Big Pharma so they continue to rip us off with prescription drug prices. He wants to end the cap on prescription drug costs at 2,000 dollars on Medicare. Gone. Gone. 35 dollar a month cap insulin for seniors, gone,” Biden claimed.
The president was in Florida to support Democratic candidate for governor, Charlie Crist, in the race against Republican Ron DeSantis.
“Governor DeSantis only cares about the White House,” said Crist, referring to rumours that the incumbent could run for the presidency in 2024. “He does not give a damn about your house. He wages culture wars because he knows that voters focus on real issues like women’s choice and the soaring cost of living in Florida, he couldn’t win,” he continued.
Crist himself is a former Republican governor of the state, switching to the Democrats in 2012. The midterm elections on November 8 will see all 435 seats in the House of Representatives up for election, along with 35 of the 100 in the Senate and 35 gubernatorial races.
According to the latest polling and media reports, the Democrats are predicted to lose control of the House, leaving the Republicans in command of both chambers of Congress.