President Joe Biden vowed Tuesday night that Democrats would make gains in next year’s midterm elections, a result that would defy the political odds as the White House grapples with a series of crises.
“We have to keep making the case,” Biden said at a holiday party attended by 400 Democratic National Committee officials and donors in Washington. “And if we do, I believe we’re going to win.
“Let me say this again for the press: We’re going to win in 2022.”
Moments earlier, the president had told Republicans eyeing a return to the majority in the House and Senate next year: “Get ready, pal. You’re going in for a problem.”
Throughout his 10-minute speech, Biden accused the GOP of being “against everything” his party put forward.
“We know what we’re for. But Republicans don’t seem to be for anything,” he said. “Name me something they are for.”
The president later accused of Republicans of carrying out an “unrelenting assault” on the right to vote and claimed GOP officials were “following my predecessor deep into the abyss.”
“The struggle is no longer just who gets to vote or making it easier for eligible people to vote,” Biden said. “It’s about who gets to count the vote and whether your vote counts at all. It’s a sinister combination of voter suppression and election subversion. It’s un-American, it’s un-democratic, it’s unpatriotic. And, sadly, it is not unprecedented now.”
The president went on to tout the recently enacted $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure spending package and the vaccination of 200 million Americans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The DNC holiday party was held outdoors at the Hotel Washington amid concerns over the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
Biden was introduced by Vice President Kamala Harris, who told the crowd: “As Democrats, we stand for the people. And we will fight for the people.”
Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) heaped praise on Biden in her remarks, declaring him the “perfect” president for the times.
“Our country could not be better served than with this most experienced and capable hands than yours, President Biden,” Pelosi said. “He’s just perfect. The timing couldn’t be better.”
The president’s highest disapproval ratings were over the economy, crime and gun violence, according to the poll.