Keisha Lance Bottoms, Ex-Atlanta Mayor, Says Democrat

Washington — Former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said on Sunday that Democrats should continue to advance their closing messages to voters in the final days. mid term election The circle as they fight to convince voters that the Democratic Party must maintain its hold on the House and Senate.

“We’ve seen a record number of people in early voting, but we still have an election on Tuesday, and we can’t give up until this election is over,” Bottoms told “Face the Nation.” Bottoms now serves as the president’s senior adviser for public engagement, but was appearing in his personal capacity.

Nearly 39 million Americans in 47 states have already cast their ballots, and a host of political heavyweights this weekend launched a campaign to stump for their respective party candidates.

In Pennsylvania, which has one of the most-watched Senate races, President Biden and former President Barack Obama appeared together To garner support for Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman and gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro, while former President Donald Trump held a rally for Republican Senate nominee Dr. Mamet Oz and Shapiro’s rival Doug Mastriano.

Obama has also traveled to Nevada, Wisconsin and Georgia to campaign for Democrats on the ballot, while Trump has held personal and virtual rallies in Iowa and Arizona. Meanwhile, Mr Biden has generally avoided participating in tough battlefield races with Democratic Senate candidates, where Republicans have sought to tie record inflation And this state of the economy For the President and his policies.

While Democrats have been able to pass key pieces of legislation such as their Climate, health care and tax packages, covid relief And a infrastructure plan While in control of Congress, many top Democrats have said those legislative achievements have not been well communicated to voters.

In addition, efforts to protect voting rights and police reform stalled despite a majority of Democrats in both houses.

But Bottoms insists that the Democrats’ narrow gap in the Senate, where each party has 50 seats and Vice President Kamala Harris casts tie-breaking votes, and in the House, has been a roadblock.

“It’s been a very difficult two years. We’ve been in the middle of a pandemic. There’s a lot of misinformation blowing in the air. We not only see it on television, but we’re watching it through YouTube, We are ‘seeing it on other social media platforms,’ she said. “It is more difficult to get the message out, but I am sitting here today and taking out the message. This administration, the Democrats in Congress have delivered for the American people, and to turn back the clock and not allow us to move forward would be disastrous for people across America.”

She said voters should elect more Democrats in Congress to pass voting rights legislation and protect access to abortion.

“That’s the message we’ll continue to push not only through Election Day, but beyond, because we know elections are too frequent, and we can’t discourage people so much that they think their votes don’t matter. Doesn’t matter.” Bottoms said.

Despite warnings from Democrats about what is at stake this election, Republicans are positioned to win a majority of seats in the House, according to the CBS News Battleground Tracker. Important Senate competitions, such as Pennsylvania And Nevadahave also shrunk.

Bottoms noted that while Mr Biden has promised to work across the aisle, in the event Republicans regain control of Congress, a GOP-majority would effectively lead to a two-year partisan standoff.

“The American people want us to be able to do things, but when you have Republicans saying they will withdraw aid to Ukraine, that their whole platform is based on doing what Joe Biden doesn’t want, that’s not the case.” People want it,” she said. “We want progress in this country, and we want leaders who believe in democracy. We don’t want leaders who refuse elections.”

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