On Thursday, President Joe Biden traveled to Florida as part of his post-State of the Union roadshow.
Florida is the home of two possible presidential challengers in 2024. Former President Donald Trump, who has already launched his presidential campaign, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. However, these are not the only two Republicans whom Biden has faced some opposition from recently.
During his State of the Union address, President Joe Biden tried to paint Republican Sen. Rick Scott, as an opponent to Medicare and Social Security. Scott is also based in Florida.
Biden will be using these trips to further promote his administration’s successes. During an interview with PBS, he added that he just wanted to make sure that everyone knew what the administration had achieved and that he would wait to see how things played out from there.
During his speech at the University of Tampa, Biden spoke about Medicare and Social Security, vowing to protect the two programs despite the dreams of many Republicans to cut the programs. He added that “if that’s your dream, I’m your nightmare.” His speech was met with a lot of cheering from the crowd.
Florida-based Republican strategist Ford O’Connell said regarding the State of the Union address, that it was atypical since it was a very divisive partisan speech that resembled more the kickoff of a presidential campaign. He added that it is not a mistake to have Biden visit Florida straight after, considering that Florida has become the “epicenter of today’s GOP.”