US Midterms: Biden Campaigns in Calif., Promotes Tech Legislation

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The Facts

  • Pres. Biden will visit the Carlsbad, Calif. communications firm Viasat Inc. Friday to tout the Democrats' push to boost domestic manufacturing of semiconductors and reduce reliance on foreign manufacturing.

  • In a preview of his visit, the White House said Biden will laud three pieces of his key legislation — The Chips and Science Act, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, and the Inflation Reduction Act.

The Spin

Republican narrative

With Republicans showing gains in the polls nationwide, Democrats are desperately sending their unpopular party leader to campaign for incumbent Democrats. Even in southern California, where liberal elites have begun to shift the region from red to blue, Rep. Mike Levin faces a potential loss due to his party's "woke" social policies and economic agenda. Biden's campaigning won't help.

Democratic narrative

Biden knows the importance of retaining control of the House, which is why he's campaigning for Rep. Mike Levin in California to protect Medicare, Social Security, and veterans' benefits. It's important for the president to showcase representatives like Levin who are up against Republicans who want to rip all of that away.

Nerd narrative

There is a 55% chance that Republicans will win both the House and Senate in the 2022 midterm elections, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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