WASHINGTON, September 23 (CNNBreakingNews.net) — Joe Biden will hold a political rally for the first time as president in a state where he 2020 lost when he emigrates to Florida on Tuesday to host a showdown with potential 2024 rival, fierce critics, and possible Trump successor Ron DeSantis.
Biden is expected to offer his sharpest targeted attack yet on DeSantis, a disputing governor who is using the power of his Offices to gain national significance by avoiding COVID-19 lockdowns, mocking Biden’s age and abilities, punishing Disney World for speaking out against a new state law that limits discussion of LGBTQ issues in schools, and recently airing Venezuelan immigrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard has.
Biden should fight fire with fire, some Democrats say.
“I think people will expect him to be aggressive. What DeSantis is doing is a terrible thing. And there is no greater juxtaposition than the kindness and humanity of Joe Biden as the, you know, terrible, inhumane bully who is Ron DeSantis,” said Jennifer Holdsworth, a Democratic policy adviser.
Biden has held political events in Democratic strongholds such as Maryland and New York in recent weeks, but The Base Rally Tuesday in Orlando is expected to show how he can build the arguments for his re-election. While former President Donald Trump had long been regarded as the Republican leader in 2024, recent polls show that DeSantis is higher in Florida. read more
Biden will use his rally to call extremist Republicans like DeSantis a threat to democracy while he tries Take advantage of anger over the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe versus Wade’s landmark decision that guaranteed women access to abortion, according to Democratic officials.
“I expect the president to throw punches. There’s no way we’re going to escape the elephant in the room,” a senior Democratic official said of DeSantis.
DeSantis, whose campaign hasn’t responded to requests for comment, has tried to turn around for the past two years Biden became too a liberal villain for dealing with the COVID-19 crisis and record inflation. He has also questioned Biden’s mental competence.
Biden’s poll figures remain underwater in Florida, and Republicans say they welcome his trip.
“The more Biden comes to Florida, the better it is for the state’s Republican Party,” said Evan Power, chairman of said the Leon County Republican Party.
Democrats in close competitions in November midterm elections still outperform Biden in polls, and some have expressed concern about the fact that the appearance with the president will turn their elections into a referendum on his popularity.
Democratic Senate candidate Val Demings won’t be there to meet the president in her hometown of Orlando on Tuesday. Her campaign states that this is due to obligations she has as a US representative. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist will attend the event.
“I think he’s great. I think he’s doing a great job. He is my friend. And I’m really proud of him. And he’ll give our campaign a real shot in the arm,” Crist said in an interview on Thursday.
Crist is following DeSantis by a bigger margin than Demings in her race against incumbent US Senator Marco Rubio, according to recent polls show. Demings is roughly tied with Rubio in the fundraising race, while Crist is up against an incumbent with a whopping 120 million dollars, the highest of all government races in the country, according to reports.
“I think it’s going to shine a bright light on the state,” Crist said.
One message Biden and Democratic National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison want to convey is that the party is not abandoned state, which has recently felt as if it had given up on it. The last time a Democrat won a presidential or senate election in Florida was in 2012.
In Florida, Republicans have a voter registration advantage of 5.2 million versus 4.9 million. However, the number of unaffiliated voters is 3.9 million, an increasingly important part of the electorate.
“He had no choice. When he comes to Florida, it’s a story. If he doesn’t come to Florida, that’s a story,” said a Democrat who was involved in a nationwide race.