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Biden Previews His Reelection Campaign

On Friday, both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris gave a preview of their reelection campaign. In speeches at the DNC meeting in Philadelphia, they cheered last week's good economic report showing 500,000 new jobs added in January and a total of almost 5 million added in 2022. In addition, inflation keeps coming down. Biden also talked about his achievements so far, which include fighting climate change, lowering the cost of prescription drugs, bringing semiconductor manufacturing back to the U.S., repairing the nation's crumbling infrastructure, and appointing the first Black woman to the Supreme Court. He also laid out his goals for a second term, including banning assault weapons and signing a law making abortion legal nationwide. Of course, these plans will only be realized if he wins and pulls a working majority with him in both chambers of Congress.

In addition he also made it clear that he is going to spend the next 2 years attacking the Republicans for being extremists. He said they want to ban books and criminalize doctors. He also said: "This is not your father's Republican Party. These aren't conservatives. These are disruptive people. They intend to destroy the progress we made." In short, his campaign message will have three prongs:

On paper, this all seems well and good, but circumstances can force other topics to the forefront. For example, if the economy tanks, the Republicans will try to make the election entirely about the economy (as well as some imaginary caravan of migrants moving from Central America toward Arizona, as they usually do). (V)

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