President Joe Biden is coming to Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday
September 21, 2022
President Joe Biden plans to visit Fort Lauderdale next week. The White House said the president would speak about his plan to lower health care costs and protect and strengthen Medicare and Social Security.
His visit is Tuesday, but the White House did not provide details on timing or location.
Later the same day, Biden holds a Democratic Party political rally in Orlando.
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Biden visited South Florida on July 1, 2021, a week after the collapse of the Champlain Towers South Condominium in Surfside. He met local officials who coordinated the response, spoke to first responders and comforted families of the dead and missing.
During the 2020 presidential campaign, Biden made several campaign stops in Broward County, including one five days before Election Day, when he held a rally at Broward College in Coconut Creek and visited a campaign office on Sistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.
Since assuming the presidency, Biden has been the subject of criticism from the most elected Republicans in Florida: Administration Ron DeSantis and U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott.
As DeSantis — widely seen as a potential candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024 — travels the state, he routinely spends time at official government events criticizing Biden on a range of issues.
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The topics of Biden’s Fort Lauderdale speech — particularly Medicare and Social Security — are important to Florida’s large population of older voters.
Scott is leading the Republican Party’s efforts to win more seats in the US Senate, and has proposed a platform he wants Republicans to rally around. It includes Scott requiring re-authorization of all federal laws every five years — something Democrats have warned could put health care and Social Security at risk.