DemDaily: Fighting Joe Biden is Back! After Fiery State of the Union

March 11, 2024

An invigorated Joe Biden kicked off a multi-state battleground campaign blitz Friday, coming off high praise for Thursday's State of the Union (SOTU) address, the last of his first term.

The president, buoyed by the bump in the polls after what has been hailed as a fiery, passionate, and sometimes combative SOTU speech,

addressed supporters in Philadelphia before moving on to Georgia Saturday -- driving home some of the key messages from last week's address.

Indeed, throughout his 67-minute speech before Congress Thursday, a feisty Biden projected confidence and a fighting spirit that defied GOP narratives about his age and capacity to serve a second term.

A post-SOTU CNN/SRSS poll of US adults found 65% of Americans who watched the president's address had a positive reaction to the speech, with 35% reacting "very positively." 55% of respondents said Biden has had the right priorities as president, up from the pre-speech polling figure of 44%. Viewers also shifted 17 points toward believing the country is headed in the right direction -- from 45% before the speech to 62% afterward (MOE +/-5.5%).

SOTU Highlights
Biden wasted no time taking on former President Donald Trump from the outset while referring to him only as his "predecessor" -- 13 times during the speech.

Warning of the historically unprecedented attack on our "freedom and democracy…both at home and overseas,” Biden addressed the Russia-Ukraine war, enjoining Congress: "We can stop Putin if we stand with Ukraine and provide the weapons it needs to defend itself."

Biden criticized Trump's recent license for Putin to “Do whatever the hell you want" with NATO and forcefully admonished the Russian president, saying, "We will not walk away. We will not bow down. I will not bow down."

He condemned the January 6 insurrectionists who “stormed this very Capitol and placed a dagger at the throat of American democracy," calling out Trump and election deniers for their lies and conspiracy to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential: "This is a moment to speak the truth...And here’s the simplest truth. You can’t love your country only when you win.”

Biden touted the economic progress and accomplishments of his administration, from 14.8 million new jobs and a 50-year low in unemployment to passage of the bipartisan Chips and Science Act and the bipartisan Infrastructure Bill.

He enthusiastically laid out his vision for a second term, while seemingly relishing unruly and disrespectful exchanges from GOP members in the gallery, including Margery Taylor Green's harangues on immigration.

The President thanked Vice President Kamala Harris for her leadership in defending the Republican assault on reproductive rights, attacking Trump for boasting that he "killed" Roe v. Wade and the lawmakers present who have vowed to pass a national abortion ban.

"In its decision to overturn Roe v. Wade." said Biden, turning to justices present, "the Supreme Court majority wrote, 'Women are not without – electoral or political power. No kidding. Clearly, those bragging about overturning Roe v. Wade have no clue about the power of women in America."

The Biden-Harris campaign reported raising $10 million in the 24 hours after the State of the Union - a record haul for the reelection effort. The campaign also announced it will spend $30 million on ad buys, building on the momentum of the President's performance as they move full speed into the 2024 presidential general election.

In addition to the President, Vice President Harris, cabinet members and other White House principals will be crisscrossing battleground states over the next month as the general election campaign begins in earnest.

This week, Biden is scheduled to campaign in New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Michigan, while Harris will be wrapping up travel to Arizona and Nevada.

The campaign will also be significantly increasing its physical footprint, opening 100 new offices across swing states, hiring over 350 new staffers and amplifying its outreach to key base and minority coalitions.

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Sources: White House, CNN, APP, WHYY, NBC, CBS

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