Biden to pre­view gen­er­al elec­tion against Trump as fight for democ­ra­cy

Pres­i­dent Joe Biden is look­ing beyond the 2024 Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial pri­ma­ry with his sec­ond GOP debate counter-pro­gram­ming.
With for­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump the pri­ma­ry’s undis­put­ed front-run­ner, Biden is start­ing to make his gen­er­al elec­tion case against the pre­sump­tive nom­i­nee, con­tend­ing democ­ra­cy is at stake.
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Biden’s address Thurs­day at the Ari­zona Her­itage Cen­ter in Phoenix is expect­ed to speak to the late Ari­zona Repub­li­can Sen. John McCain’s lega­cy and “the work we must do togeth­er to strength­en our democ­ra­cy,” accord­ing to the White House.
Ampli­fy­ing the “above the day to day” issue of democ­ra­cy is “def­i­nite­ly help­ful” for Biden, the White House, and his reelec­tion cam­paign, per Demo­c­ra­t­ic strate­gist Ste­fan Han­kin, because the incum­bent and his pre­de­ces­sor are not “two whol­ly loved can­di­dates.” Simul­ta­ne­ous­ly, Trump is dis­tanc­ing him­self from strict anti-abor­tion poli­cies, even though a Supreme Court with three of his appointees over­turned Roe v. Wade, a devel­op­ment that won many Democ­rats elec­tions last year.
“There’s not much you’re going to real­ly talk about Trump that peo­ple don’t already know,” Han­kin told the Wash­ing­ton Exam­in­er. “If the dynam­ic is, ‘Here’s this cor­rupt old guy vs. the old­er old­er guy, what can you do to change the dynam­ics? If you can suc­cess­ful­ly make this elec­tion about a ‘yes or no’ on democ­ra­cy, that’s good for Biden.
“It’s not about Biden, it’s …