Biden heads to North Carolina for the next step of his 2024 warm-up tour to warn Americans that industrial investment is at risk if MAGA Republicans get their way.
- President Joe Biden will travel to Durham, North Carolina, on Tuesday
- He will visit an expanding semiconductor manufacturing plant in Durham
- And he’ll use it to criticize “MAGA Republicans” — his latest pre-campaign criticism
He may not have announced he’s running for re-election, but President Joe Biden’s trip to North Carolina appears to be a campaign pause.
Officials say he would float the $435 billion in private-sector manufacturing commitments made since he took office, while warning voters the whole thing is in jeopardy if Congressional Republicans repeal the MAGA and cut funding.
It is part of a three-week push by other senior administration figures to highlight legislation that has boosted the economy, contrasting Biden’s plan with that of Republicans as they grapple over budget priorities.
His visit will take him to Wolfspeed, an expanding semiconductor manufacturing plant in Durham.
In September it announced plans to build a $5 billion manufacturing facility in Chatham County that is expected to create 1,800 jobs.
President Joe Biden will visit a semiconductor manufacturing plant in Durham, North Carolina, on Monday, using it as an opportunity to criticize Republicans for planned spending cuts.
The budget struggle gave Biden ammunition to continue on offense after two years on defense
This came shortly after the Biden administration pushed the CHIPS Act through Congress, which is designed to boost the domestic semiconductor industry and scientific research.
There is nothing unusual about Biden announcing his successes in office. But he has turned to attacks on Republicans in recent weeks, amid growing speculation that he is about to announce his re-election effort.
While in North Carolina, President Biden will also highlight what’s at stake if MAGA Republicans in Congress can force their way in and repeal the Down Inflation Act and cut funding for manufacturing, research and innovation to give tax breaks to the super-wealthy. A White House official said North Carolina — along with Arizona, Georgia, Ohio and New York — are among the states that stand to lose the most private investment under Republicans’ reckless proposals.
Biden has said he intends to run for a second term but has not officially launched his re-election campaign.
It comes amid a concerted push to boost management’s work in the economy.
Vice President Kamala Harris, First Lady Jill Biden and other senior officials will travel to 20 states over the next three weeks, according to the White House.
In recent weeks, the White House’s messaging has grown bolder and more aggressive after two years of being on the defensive.
Republicans used Biden’s handling of the economy amid record inflation and a border security crisis to launch the offensive.
Introducing the Wolfspeed Silicon Carbide Materials manufacturing facility in Chatham County, North Carolina. The construction of the first phase is scheduled to be completed next year
Administration officials have now responded to Republican demands for budget cuts to make clear what they say would be regressive steps.
At the border, they say, it will inevitably lead to fewer Border Patrol personnel if the GOP is intent on conserving money for defense and Social Security programs.
“The MAGA plan will deny the men and women of Customs and Border Protection the resources they need to secure our borders,” White House communications director Ben LaBolt said in a memo earlier this month.
“It could mean fewer agents and less technology to combat fentanyl smuggling, disrupt criminal organizations and stop illegal border crossings.”
Officials have repeatedly used the specter of radical revolutionaries — Donald Trump allies like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene or the House Freedom Caucus — to paint the entire Republican Party as a far-right fringe.
White House press secretary Karen Jean-Pierre said Monday that with his visit, Biden wanted to show “what’s at stake if MAGA Republicans in Congress can get their way and repeal the Inflation Cut Act, and raise taxes on working families.” Hard and cut industrial innovation financing. and research.’