US President Joe Biden cast his ballot in the US midterms on Saturday, participating in early voting ahead of the November 8 election.
He voted in his hometown of Wilmington, in the eastern state of Delaware.
He was accompanied by his granddaughter Natalie, who was voting for the first time.
Biden’s Democrats currently hold control of both houses of Congress.
But polls suggest the Republican opposition is likely to regain control of both houses amid widespread voter discontent over high inflation.
After casting his vote, Biden told reporters he was “feeling good” and that the midterms were “not a referendum,” but “a choice.”
“It is a fundamental choice, a choice between two very different visions of the country”.
What did Biden say about the attack on Pelosi’s husband?
Biden also spoke about this week’s attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband at his home in California.
The president condemned the tense political climate in the United States.
He blamed it on false claims by former President Donald Trump and his supporters that the last election was stolen.
“It’s one thing to condemn violence,” Biden said. “But you cannot condemn violence unless you condemn those people who continue to argue that the elections were not real, that they are stealing them.”
The intruder at Pelosi’s home, identified by police as a 42-year-old man, fractured her husband’s skull but intended to target the speaker herself.
Pelosi, who as speaker of the House of Representatives is second in line to the presidency of the United States, was not at home at the time of the early morning assault.
Pelosi tweeted her first public statement since Saturday’s attack, saying she was “grateful for the quick response by law enforcement and emergency services” and the “life-saving medical care” that she is receiving her husband.
What is there to play?
The ruling party often takes a beating during midterm elections. And many expect a similar result this time.
Many Americans have already voted in early voting, either by mail or directly at a polling place.
Turnout tends to be lower in midterm elections than in presidential voting years.
All 435 seats in the House of Representatives are on the ballot, as are 35 seats in the Senate, just over a third of the upper house.
sri/wd (AFP, Reuters)