October 02, 2023:Biden is discussing democracy as he aims for a split-screen moment with the GOP. This marks his fourth such speech on democracy during his presidency, with the first one delivered on the anniversary of the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot.
At Arizona State University, home to the McCain Institute, President Biden will announce that funding from the American Rescue Plan will be utilized to establish a McCain Library in partnership with the institute.
In his prepared remarks, he is expected to express concern about the extremist movement within America, particularly referencing the MAGA movement, which he believes challenges the fundamental principles of democracy.
The speech aligns with Biden’s re-election message, emphasizing the importance of another term in safeguarding democratic institutions, which he believes are under threat from former President Donald Trump, the leading contender for the 2024 Republican nomination. Biden has warned that American democracy could be in jeopardy if a Republican wins the presidency in 2024.
President Biden plans to highlight John McCain’s legacy as a representative of the traditional Republican values who prioritized country over party. Their friendship began during their time in the Senate and endured even after McCain’s loss in the 2008 presidential election to Barack Obama, whose vice president was Biden.
While acknowledging that not all Republicans adhere to the MAGA ideology, Biden will assert that today’s Republican Party is influenced by MAGA extremists who pose a threat to American democracy’s core institutions if they enact their extreme agenda.
This speech occurs amidst Republican discord on Capitol Hill, where a group of extremist GOP House members is causing delays in government funding votes, potentially leading to a government shutdown by Saturday if a resolution is not reached.