Top Democrats warned voters at campaign rallies Saturday that abortion access, social security and democracy were on the ballot as the nation gears up for midterm elections this week.
“Sulking and moping around is not an option,” former President Barack Obama told Democratic voters in Pittsburgh. “Tuesday, let’s make sure our country doesn’t go back 50 years.”
Obama and President Joe Biden shared the stage later in the day in Philadelphia in what marked the first time the two had campaigned together since Biden took office.
The Pennsylvania Senate Race between Democratic Lt. Governor John Fetterman and Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz will be crucial in determining which party controls the upper house of Congress. Fetterman holds a 45% to 42% advantage in the latest FOX News poll.
Oz, who has tried to portray himself as a moderate, has momentum in the polls amid his opponent’s recovery from a stroke and following last month’s debate. Fetterman has struggled with auditory processing issues and speaks clearly since suffering a stroke in May.
“I will be the 51st vote to end the filibuster, to raise the minimum wage. Please send Dr. Oz back to New Jersey,” Fetterman said, referring to Oz’s former residence.
Biden’s speech was similar to remarks he’s made for weeks, highlighting legislative victories like passing the Cut Inflation Act while saying a Republican-led Congress would seek to suppress access to education. abortion, the right to vote, social security and health insurance.
“I lived in Pennsylvania longer than Oz lived in Pennsylvania, and moved out when I was 10,” the president said.
The same FOX News poll has Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro with a massive 53% to 37% lead over Republican Doug Mastriano.
Former President Donald Trump also campaigned Saturday in Pennsylvania in support of Oz and Mastriano. At the rally, the former Republican president displayed his poll numbers on the big screen and called Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis “Ron DeSanctimonious.” Trump and DeSantis are considered favorites for the Republican nomination in the upcoming presidential primary.
Trump also pushed false claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him and warned of voter fraud in Tuesday’s election. He further alluded to a Race for the White House 2024.
“Everyone, I promise you, in the very next – very, very, very short period of time, you’re going to be happy,” Trump said. “But first we have to win a historic victory for Republicans on November 8.”
In New York, where incumbent Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul is battling GOP Representative Lee Zeldin in what has become a hotly contested gubernatorial raceformer President Bill Clinton stopped by to represent the Governor.
Despite New York’s dark blue electoral makeup, Hochul’s job is up for grabs largely due to concerns about the state’s rising crime. But Clinton claimed the Republicans’ focus on crime was politically motivated.
“But what are Republicans really saying? ‘I want you to be scared, and I want you to be angry. And the last thing I want you to do is think,'” he said .
The Associated Press contributed to this report.