As Gov. Hochul tries to stave off a significant challenge from Rep. Lee Zeldin, President Biden on Sunday encouraged support for her. He said this week’s midterm elections reflect a pivotal moment for American democracy.
At Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, Biden remarked, “We all know in our bones that democracy is in jeopardy.
“This is the time for your generation to select it, to defend it, and to maintain it.”
The Democratic president repeatedly attacked Republican election skeptics and what he saw as the GOP’s growing acceptance of political violence in remarks that had the feel of a national campaign speech. Zeldin voted against certifying the outcomes of the 2020 election, which former President Donald Trump erroneously says he won, according to the speaker of the House.
“Kathy’s opponent belongs to that group of election skeptics. According to Biden, these skeptics are attempting to suppress your freedom to vote and your right to have your vote counted.
About the most recent assault on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, he continued, “There has never been a time in my career where we have glorified violence based on a political premise.”
Democrats throughout the nation appeared to gamble that the Dobbs ruling, which the Supreme Court handed down last summer, would define the November elections. Instead, they have been rushing to respond to voters’ worries about crime and inflation.
According to polls, Zeldin is just a few points away from defeating Hochul due to his criticism of New York City crime and Democratic economic strategy.
This is an astonishing development in deeply red New York.
Biden aimed to draw a sharp contrast between Hochul and Zeldin, who have both backed his administration’s signature policies.
He pointed out that she had fought to tighten the state’s gun control laws and oversaw municipal investment resulting from Democratic infrastructure legislation, both of which Zeldin had opposed.