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podcast “important today” on the US midterms: It will be tight for Joe Biden

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The US Midterms on November 8 is actually not about the President, it’s about Congress. But Republicans are turning the vote into an election on Joe Biden — and it seems to be working.

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Election day in the US. The midterms, the midterm elections, are scheduled for tomorrow in the United States. Although this is actually a congressional election and not a presidential election, it is a duel between current President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump. “election campaign in the election campaign”is what campaign and strategy consultant Julius van de Laar calls it in the 398th episode of the morning podcast “important today”. This is due to the polarization of the USA and the fronts between the parties. So far, Joe Biden’s promise that he wants the USA has not been able to change that “heal”according to van de Laar: “The fronts are still vehemently entrenched and Joe Biden has rarely been able to work with the Republicans.”

Before the Midterms: Majority of Americans are dissatisfied with Joe Biden

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A little digression into American electoral law: Congress is responsible for the legislature, the legislation. It consists of two chambers and is divided into the Senate and the House of Representatives. Two representatives from each of the 50 states sit in the Senate and are elected every six years. The House of Representatives has 435 members who are elected every two years. The number of seats depends on the proportion of the total population, populous states have more seats.

The House of Representatives and a third of the Senate will be re-elected on Tuesday. The Democratic Party still has a narrow lead in both chambers. Biden was also able to pass some laws in the first two years of his term. But he is currently behind in the polls and could lose at least one of the two chambers, explains political advisor Julius van de Laar: “42 percent of Americans say they are happy with Joe Biden, but the vast majority are dissatisfied with Joe Biden.” Also, 75 percent of people are dissatisfied with the overall course of the country: “This shows that the mood in the country is not good: inflation is at eight percent, fuel and food prices have exploded (…) This means that people are dissatisfied.”

The American population suffers from inflation

The famous quote from Bill Clinton’s campaign team applies once again: “It’s the economy, stupid” – it’s about the economy. Republicans managed to make the midterms a vote on Joe Biden. They blamed him for the high inflation, which is costing people dearly, van de Laar explains: “Joe Biden and the Democrats have tried everything to talk about anything other than inflation and high prices. (…) But in the end, what people are talking about is the ‘kitchentable issues’ – what concerns families.” On the other hand, socio-political issues such as abortion or concerns about democracy don’t go down well if people don’t know how to pay for food or their fuel tank at the end of the month.

Donald Trump’s “big lie”the lie of the stolen 2020 election, still lives on

A certain concern for American democracy would not be unjustified. Sections of the Republican Party try to make voting more difficult by using methods such as gerrymandering, the cutting of constituencies. Each state makes its own electoral laws — and both parties have used that right to their own advantage on numerous occasions. But intimidating people during the voting process is new. The counts to the calls of the former President Donald Trump “check” armed, extreme groups also follow.

Julius van de Laar was only recently in the USA. He studied there for a few years and campaigned for Barack Obama in 2008. He is now observing the election from Germany and sums it up: “Donald Trump is still the ultimate center of power. It gives an identity to the Republican Party and it gives an identity to a great many voters.”

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podcast “important today”

Sure, opinionated, on the 12: “important today” is not just a news podcast. We set topics and initiate debates – with attitude and sometimes uncomfortable. Host Michel Abdollahi and his team speak out for this star– and RTL reporters with the most exciting people from politics, society and entertainment. They let all voices have their say, both the quiet and the loud. who “important today” listens, starts the day informed and can have a well-founded say.

As a result, these midterms have members running for Congress who also believe in the myth of the stolen election. Who could make it into Congress in part because they openly communicate this belief: “The Republican Party is trying to install people as polling officers, many of whom do not believe in Joe Biden’s legitimate election”according to Julius van de Laar. “But these people are also important when the next president is sworn in two years from now. And you can see that there are plans in parts of the Republican party to further undermine democracy and possibly reinstate the old one as the new president.” It could be close for Joe Biden.

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