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 election.

He voted in his hometown of Wilmington in the eastern state of Delaware.

His granddaughter Natalia voted for the first time with him.

Biden’s Democrats currently control both houses of Congress.

But polls suggest the Republican opposition will regain control of both chambers amid widespread voter discontent over high inflation.

After casting his vote, Biden told reporters he had a “good feeling” and said the midterms were a “choice” rather than a “referendum.”

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“It’s a fundamental choice, a choice between two different visions for the country.”

Biden condemns attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband

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What did Biden say about the attack on Pelosi’s husband?

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

The President decried the tense political climate in the United States.

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

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

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

Pelosi, second in line to the US presidency as Speaker of the House of Representatives, was not home at the time of the early morning attack.

Pelosi tweeted her first public statement since Saturday’s attack, 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 up for grabs?

The ruling party often takes a beating during midterm elections. And many expect the same result this time.

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

Turnout is generally lower in midterm elections than in presidential election years.

All 435 seats in the House of Representatives are on the ballot, as well as 35 Senate seats, more than a third of the upper chamber.

Sri/WD (AFP, Reuters)

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