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

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

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

He was accompanied by his granddaughter Natalie, who voted for the first time.

Biden’s Democrats currently control both houses of Congress.

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

After casting his ballot, Biden told reporters that he “feels good” and that the midterms are “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 the attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband

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

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

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

Pelosi, who as speaker of the House of Representatives is second in line to the US presidency, was not at home at the time of the early morning assault.

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 at stake?

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

Many Americans have already cast their ballots during early voting, either by mail or in person at a polling place.

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

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

sri/wd (AFP, Reuters)

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