Biden to close on the economy as issues of political violence and disinformation loom

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The president and his aides believe they know where the voters’ heads are. But they also think they can juggle a bit.

President Joe Biden speaks about Social Security, Medicare, and prescription drug costs, Nov. 1, 2022, in Hallandale Beach, Fla. | Evan Vucci/AP Photo

By Jonathan Lemire

11/02/2022 04:30 AM EDT

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A brutal assault on the husband of the House speaker. A rise in celebrities spouting antisemitic beliefs. The world’s richest man pushing fake news on his newly acquired social media site.

With a week until the midterms, a series of major events have fueled a growing sense of national unrest and division and sparked larger debates about the future the country is charting.

Against this backdrop, President Joe Biden plans to stay the course. His closing campaign argument will remain largely centered on economic themes and messages that aides believe are closer to immediate voter interests.

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