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Biden to use optimistic State of the Union to launch reelection bid: ‘The greatest comeback story never told’



Gimme four more years, America!

President Biden is set to use his State of the Union address Thursday to launch his reelection bid by delivering an optimistic vision of the nation, stark warnings about former President Donald Trump, and a pledge to restore abortion across the country.

“I came to office determined to get us through one of the toughest periods in our nation’s history. And we have,” Biden was set to tell a joint session of Congress, according to prepared remarks released ahead of the speech.

“It doesn’t make the news, but in thousands of cities and towns the American people are writing the greatest comeback story never told,” Biden said.

Biden, who is 81 and the oldest president in history, was also expected to come out swinging to energetically defend his record and rebut widely held concerns about his advanced age.

He plans to highlight Democratic support for abortion rights, an issue that has hurt Republicans since the conservative-dominated Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

“They will find out again in 2024,” Biden planned to say. “If Americans send me a Congress that supports the right to choose I promise you: I will restore Roe v. Wade as the law of the land again.”

Biden was poised to trash Trump obliquely by referring to the former president’s focus on exacting retribution on his enemies. 

“Some other people my age see a different story: an American story of resentment, revenge, and retribution. That’s not me,” Biden will say.

Among other planned highlights, Biden is expected to propose:

  • Construction of a new port in Gaza to facilitate much-expanded aid to Palestinians bearing the brunt of Israel’s war against Hamas.
  • A $5,000 tax credit to help first-time homebuyers.
  • Raising corporate tax rates to 28% and imposing a minimum 25% tax on those with wealth of more than $100 million.
  • Restoring the child tax credit.

The president also hopes to use the speech to showcase his accomplishments on infrastructure, jobs and manufacturing, as well as push for desperately needed defense aid to Ukraine, tougher migration rules, and lower prescription drug prices.

The White House and Biden’s reelection campaign has been frustrated that relatively few Americans seem to be aware of his achievements, especially on the economy.

Aides suggested Biden may flash his famously combative speaking style especially if Republicans interrupt or heckle him. One of the most successful moments in last year’s speech came when he put GOP lawmakers on the spot around possible Medicare and Social Security cuts.

Biden is unhappy with Republican leaders for blocking a bipartisan bill to bolster border security after Trump ordered them to reject it.

Under newly minted House Speaker Mike Johnson, the House has also struggled to approve funding bills and has refused to pass aid to Ukraine, along with Israel and Taiwan.

The Biden campaign sees it as a huge advantage that the much-watched speech comes after he and Trump effectively wrapped up their parties nomination fights with big wins on Super Tuesday.

That sets up a contrast between Biden and Trump, which Democrats hope will help lift the president’s moribund poll numbers as voters focus on the possibility the twice-impeached four times indicted Trump could win a return to the White House.

Just about 40% of Americans approve of how he is handling his job as president, polls say.

Unlike Biden, Republicans say the country is in crisis and facing near-collapse, grim warnings that echo Trump’s dark campaign speeches.

Trump planned to respond in real time to Biden’s remarks on his social media site.

Sen. Katie Britt (R-Alabama) ws expected to deliver the Republican responses to Biden. It’s not known if she will touch on the controversy over IVF in the state, which was caused by anti-abortion constitutional amendment declaring that life begins at conception.

One of First Lady Jill Biden’s guests for the speech will be a Texas woman who was forced to flee the state, where almost all abortions are banned, to get an emergency abortion after her unborn baby was diagnosed with a fatal anomaly.

Biden could also face grumbling among his base supporters over his staunch backing for Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza.

The Palestinian port plan is designed to assuage some of those concerns, which have sparked protest votes for “uncommitted”

 

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