Biden to change ‘nothing’ after Democrats exceed midterm expectations

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President Joe Biden speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) Susan Walsh/AP

Biden to change ‘nothing’ after Democrats exceed midterm expectations

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President Joe Biden said he would change “nothing” after Democrats had a stronger-than-expected performance in the midterm elections.

Biden said Democrats had a “strong night” and lightly chastised those predicting a red wave in his first remarks after Republicans failed to recapture either house of Congress by Wednesday afternoon. He called it the best first midterm election in 40 years.

Still, Republicans remain favored to at some point have at least a small majority in the House and still have a narrow path to retaking the Senate.

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Exit polls also showed strong opposition to Biden seeking reelection in 2024 and the current direction of the country. He was asked about what impact that would have on his decision to run again, which he told reporters he still has the “intention” to do after talking it over with his family.

“It doesn’t,” Biden said. “Watch me.”

The president did say he would meet with congressional leaders in both parties to discuss inflation and the war in Ukraine. He was asked about House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) comments about a “blank check” for Ukraine. McCarthy would become speaker if Republicans do ultimately take the majority.

“Hope Kevin and I can work out a modus vivendi,” Biden said. “By the way, we haven’t given Ukraine a blank check.”

Biden said he was open to compromise but would not back down on policies, national abortion bans, or any cuts to Social Security and Medicare. He said has reached across the aisle his whole career.

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“Regardless of what the final tally of these elections show, and there’s still some counting going on, I’m prepared to work with my Republican colleagues. The American people made clear, I think, that they expect Republicans be prepared to work with me as well,” Biden told reporters Wednesday. “But I’m ready to compromise with the Republicans where it makes sense on many other issues, and always put the needs and interests of the American people first.”

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