President Biden came on 6:56 pm to virtually address DNC event. He wore a dark suit, white shirt, and red and blue stripped tie. He spoke before a blue background that had Democrats.org written on it repeatedly.
Biden started out his remarks by thanking a few by name, including Virginia McGregor, who serves as Deputy National Finance Chair of the DNC, and her husband Bob. “Their daughter’s getting married at my old grade school – St. Paul’s in Greenwich Corners – in November. And my granddaughter Naomi – named after my deceased daughter – is getting married in November down here. So I hope we both have great weddings.”
Biden referred to the past few days in American politics as “an extraordinary few days for the nation.” He then went on to talk about has happened in the past week, including the killing of al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, the passage of the PACT Act and Tuesday’s election result in Kansas.
“We also saw something extraordinary in Kansas last night,” said Biden. “A record number of voters turned out to stand up for a woman’s right to choose. Look, if there’s any doubt about what’s going to happen in this country after the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, there isn’t anymore. People aren’t just going to vote. They’re going to come out in record numbers and they’re going to vote to reclaim the rights that the extreme Supreme Court has taken away form us.”
Biden then criticized the Republican Party and referred to Republicans as “MAGA extremists.” He said, “Let me tell you, the Supreme Court and the MAGA Republicans don’t have a clue about the power of women in this country.”
Biden talked about the CHIPS Act and the recently introduced Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.
“You need a little bit of breathing room, and it’s the only bill that could reduce the cost of living for Americans immediately. Republicans have offered a lot of criticism but they’ve offered no answers. That’s because they want to issue – they want an issue. They don’t want to solve a problem. We’re going to be solving a problem.”
Biden repeatedly attacked “MAGA Republicans,” calling them a “different breed of cat.” He stressed the importance of supporting the DNC so the party can win in 2022 and 2024.
“All of this is at risk from an extremist MAGA Republican Party. That’s not your father’s Republican Party. We need to make clear to the country this year just how critical and fundamental the choice is between us and the MAGA Republicans.”
Battle for the soul of the country
Biden spoke, as he has in the past, about being in a battle for the soul of the country.
“We need to take the message to the country. That’s why what you’re doing is so important. We got to be up in the air. We got to be up in the air every day. We got to be making our case. That’s why supporting the DNC is so important. We need to get the message out. We need to reach, register and mobilize voters. We need to win up and down the ballot. We are literally in the battle for the soul of America. We need you so badly again.”
Biden said that he has “never been more optimistic about America’s future than ever today. We just have to keep the faith. Keep it up. Keep those contributions coming. You know, when I ran last time I’ve never known for being able to raise a lot of money. You all raised a whole lot of money for me. Over 1 billion 700 million dollars.”
“We gotta do it again. We gotta let people remind them what is at stake. Because this is not – I’ll say it again and I’ll stop – This ain’t your father’s Republican Party, man. This is a different breed of cat. These guys are MAGA Republicans. MAGA Republicans. We can’t let them win for our children’s sake. I really believe that whatever fiber in my being. Anyway, thanks. I’m going on too long and I’m sorry. But I can’t think of any more important right now but making sure we are in a position to win in 2022 – 2022 for the off year, as well as 2024. Thank you.”