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Biden steps up Trump attacks as economic message falls flat

from Reuters, November 22, 2023

U.S. President Joe Biden is more aggressively going after his likely 2024 election rival Donald Trump as polls show efforts to campaign on his own economic record are not working.

Ramping up the rhetoric, Biden has in recent weeks said Trump uses "language you heard in Nazi Germany," is singularly responsible for American women losing abortion rights and should not be allowed to become president again because he is "determined to destroy American democracy."

Now Biden's re-election campaign has started a new messaging push dubbed "Trump's America in 2025," highlighting what it says the Republican former president will do in office if elected, as well as his multiple legal troubles.

A Biden campaign spokesman said the plan is to have the campaign regularly attack specific policies proposed by Trump, the clear frontrunner in the Republican Party's primary race to pick its presidential candidate.

"There has been a lot of external pressure to start zeroing in on Trump and sharpen the hits against him," an official with direct knowledge of the plan said, adding pressure intensified after a New York Times/Siena poll this month showed Biden trailing Trump in key battleground states.

Biden is starting to add arguments around Trump and the economy to his speeches on the road. The strategy is being honed at fundraisers and political events, and will ramp up further if and when Trump clinches the Republican nomination, a Biden aide said. Trump leads top Republican challenger Ron DeSantis by nearly 50 points, polls compiled by FiveThirtyEight show.

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