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Biden, Obama and Trump arrive in Pennsylvania in the countdown to the midterm elections

Joe Biden and Barack Obama met in Philadelphia with the aim of boosting Democratic candidate John Fetterman, while Donald Trump tries to boost his Republican candidate Mehmet Oz

The current president of the United States and two former presidents, one Democrat and the other Republican, arrived in Pennsylvania this Saturday to give a boost on the eve of the legislative elections, one of the most watched races in the country.

For Joe Biden, who will make an appearance with Barack Obama in Philadelphia with the aim of boosting the candidate for the Democratic Party, Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman.

For his part, for Donald Trump, who is meeting outside Pittsburgh, a victory for his handpicked candidate for Dr. Mehmet Oz could prove his own lasting viability in a commonwealth he narrowly lost in the year. 2020.

As the former Republican president prepares to announce a third bid for the 2024 presidential election, advisers to the White House leader are taking their own initial steps to mount a re-election campaign. The dynamics of a possible 2020 rematch will be uncovered this Saturday.

This would be a historic moment. Former presidents have generally only sparingly entered daily politics, mostly dodging direct criticism of the men who once held office. Not since Grover Cleveland in 1892 has a president who has already been defeated regained leadership of the White House.

The convergence of presidents in Pennsylvania mirrors the altered norms that Trump precipitated when he seized the presidency nearly six years ago, almost immediately issuing accusations against his predecessor of espionage and general embezzlement.

Biden, who avoided speaking Trump’s name for much of his first year as president, appears to be no longer as cautious as he once was. He called out “Trump and all his Trumpies” at a rally in California this week and called Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis “Trump incarnate” at the fundraiser in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday.

At his own rallies, the former Republican president plays a fail-safe video to portray his successor as an old man prone to mistakes, even though he hasn’t lashed out at Obama as often.

Obama, on the other hand, has harshly criticized the candidates Trump supports, many of whom are deniers of the 2020 election results.

“It doesn’t work just because someone has been on TV. It turns out there’s more to being president or governor than just snappy lines and good lighting,” Obama said in Arizona last week, referring to Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, a former local news anchor.

The Pennsylvania Senate and gubernatorial battles are the only major midterm races in 2022 in which President Biden has run multiple times.

In other high-profile races, candidates have kept their distance from a president with very low approval ratings.

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