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© Allison Joyce/Getty Images Former President Donald Trump arrives at a Save America Rally at the Aero Center Wilmington on September 23, 2022 in Wilmington, North Carolina. Allison Joyce/Getty Images
- Democrats previously envisioned running for reelection by touting their legislative wins.
- Donald Trump's dominating headlines and recruiting efforts prompted a recalibration.
- "Things have changed a whole bunch," Joe Biden said of the decision to go negative this fall.
With no way to escape Donald Trump's outsized influence on the 2022 midterms — including his nationwide slate of election-denying candidates, his Supreme Court appointees leading the charge on overturning abortion rights, and the embattled former president railing against every law enforcement official currently investigating him — Democrats are sounding alarm bells about returning Republicans to power with American democracy on the line.
Biden's mixed record forces some Dems into odd balancing act
CINCINNATI (AP) — Democratic House candidate Greg Landsman can tick off how his party's control of Congress and the White House has benefited his city. The bipartisan infrastructure deal will mean upgrades to the heavily traveled highway bridge linking Cincinnati with its airport and northern Kentucky while bolstering a vital westside viaduct. COVID-19 relief funding meant training for more new police academy recruits. A sprawling spending package capped insulin prices. But Landsman won't say whether President Joe Biden, who signed those measures into law, will help or hurt his campaign to unseat longtime Republican Rep. Steve Chabot.
"I remember I got beat up in the campaign by saying that I wanted to unify the country and unify the parties," the Washington Post reported that President Joe Biden said recently. "You used to be able to do that. But things have changed a whole bunch."
Democrats' initial inclination to stump for reelection this fall by celebrating the legislative wins they've wracked up during Biden's first two years in office has morphed into warning against GOP-controlled anything with just weeks to go.
"This November, you have to choose to be a nation of hope, unity and optimism — or a nation of fear, division and darkness," Biden said recently at a Democratic gathering.
The issues the Washington Post says pushed lawmakers like Democratic Rep. Pat Ryan of New York to rail against "a coordinated domestic attempt to undermine our Constitution" while on the campaign trail include the non-stop headlines about Trump's myriad criminal and civil probes, the rise of Trump-endorsed candidates expected to champion his baseless claims of election fraud if they win their way into office, and the Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade this summer.
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Signs of a midterm backlash are mounting for the GOP after Roe was overturned. Here are 3 proposals put forward by Republicans to support families.
- Republicans face a potential backlash in November after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
- A new WSJ poll shows Democrats gaining ground among independent and women voters.
- Here's an overview of three plans Senate Republicans put forward to financially support families.
Republicans spent much of the year pummeling Democrats on inflation and hoping to cruise on a "red wave" in the November midterm elections. But the huge swell they once envisioned may end up being more of a ripple instead.
There are mounting signs of a backlash for Republicans after the Supreme Court tossed out Roe v. Wade in June. A recent Wall Street Journal poll shows Democrats making steady gains among women, independents, and young voters. Part of it may also be tied to recent Democratic victories on their economic and climate agenda, gun safety, and improved healthcare access for veterans.
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Some Republican lawmakers have released proposals meant to showcase the party's support for families in more modest ways, reflecting a conservative reluctance to back a sizable expansion of the safety net. The GOP has staunchly opposed President Joe Biden's ambitious proposals for childcare, paid leave, and monthly checks to parents.
Here's an overview of three plans that Senate Republicans put forward to financially support families.
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Sen. Mitt Romney wants to send monthly checks to parents.
Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah unveiled a rebooted proposal in June to provide most parents with up to $350 per kid in monthly checks, totaling $4,200 annually for younger children. A larger share of the cash benefit would flow to working parents while shrinking payments to those who aren't employed.
GOP Sens. Richard Burr of North Carolina and Steve Daines signed onto the plan as well. But it falls far short of the GOP votes needed to give it a shot at become law.
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The race for the Senate is in the eye of the beholder less than six weeks from Election Day, with ads about abortion, crime and inflation dominating the airwaves in key states as campaigns test the theory of the 2022 election. The cycle started out as a referendum on President Joe Biden – an easy target for Republicans, who need a net gain of just one seat to flip the evenly divided chamber. Then the US Supreme Court’s late June decision overturning Roe v. Wade gave Democrats the opportunity to paint a contrast as Republicans struggled to explain their support for an abortion ruling that the majority of the country opposes.
The measure differs from the expired Biden child tax credit implemented last summer since it reimposes a work requirement for parents to be eligible. An analysis from Niskanen Center indicated the Romney proposal would slash child poverty by roughly 13%. By comparison, the Biden child tax credit dented child poverty by a third.
Sen. Steve Daines of Montana supports allowing pregnant women to claim the child tax credit.
Sen. Steve Daines of Montana is leading a measure that would allow pregnant mothers to claim the child tax credit, issuing up to $2,000 provided they have taxable income.
"Expecting parents begin providing and preparing for their child the minute they learn they're having a baby—the Child Tax Credit should reflect the fact that unborn children are children too," Daines said in a January statement. "From prenatal care to stocking up on baby supplies, this tax relief will help parents prepare for the arrival of their baby."
Twelve other Republicans, including Sens. Romney, Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, and Tim Scott of South Carolina endorse the measure as well. But it's unlikely to gain traction anytime soon.
Sen. Marco Rubio wants to make it easier for parents to take paid leave, but there's a catch.
Shortly after Roe was overturned, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida put forward a "pro-life" framework that included a paid leave initiative. It would provide parents with at least three months of paid leave, financed with cuts to their future Social Security benefits.
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Democrats are unlikely to support the idea, since they favor expanding benefits and not reducing them. The left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates that parents would lose up to 4% of their lifetime retirement benefits for every three months of leave taken.
"In a normal environment, this midterm election would be about Joe Biden," former Democratic Rep. Steve Israel told the Post. "But this midterm, Democrats have successfully made it a referendum on Donald Trump, and he's helping them by inserting himself in the headlines and endorsing candidates in primaries who are way too far to the right for moderate electorates."
Using the polarizing former president as a foil this fall is tricky, given that Trump isn't officially running for anything at the moment. He remains the presumptive GOP front-runner for the 2024 presidential race.
But with Biden's poll numbers still underwater and congressional Republicans tethered to Trump until someone else wrestles control of the party away from him, many Democrats appear comfortable with betting that portraying Republicans as harbingers of doom will pay off.
Rep. Brendan Boyle told the Post he gets it. But he also sees room for some positivity.
"Our side absolutely has to double down on talking about what we just did on prescription drugs, what we achieved on infrastructure, what we achieved on the gun bill," the Pennsylvania Democrat said, adding, "If there is one self-criticism of Democrats, it's that we need to do a better job of celebrating our victories and not just moving on to the next issue."
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GOP makes push to weaken Democrats' grip on Texas border .
HARLINGEN, Texas (AP) — Just weeks before Election Day in Texas, once again there is big money, new signs of shifting voters and bold predictions of an upset that will turn heads across the U.S. But this time, it's coming from Republicans. “We are going to turn the Rio Grande Valley red,” said Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, kicking off a rally in the Texas border city of Harlingen. As Democrats embark on another October blitz in pursuit of flipping America's biggest red state, Republicans are taking a swing of their own: Making a play for the mostly Hispanic southern border on Nov. 8 after years of writing off the region that is overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats.