At the Democratic National Committee's winter meeting, President Joe Biden predicted Thursday evening that it would be "a sad, sad two years" if Republicans were to retake Congress in the upcoming 2022 midterm elections.
"We need to bring some real determination, the same work ethic, the same enthusiasm. And if we do that, we're going to keep the House and keep the Senate and add seats," Biden told the audience of Democrats, warning: "And by the way, if we don't do that — if we don't do that, it's going to be a sad, sad two years."
"Think about Republicans if they had control of the Congress these last two years."
Biden said he believes Democrats have "a record to be incredibly proud of; an agenda the public strongly supports if you look at the polling data; a message that resonates: Build a Better America." He added that Democrats have work to do.
"And I've seen what you can do. I saw it in 2020. Nothing was going to stop you then. We can't let anything stop us now," Biden urged the party members.
The Democratic Party has witnessed numerous House Democrats announce their retirement plans, rather than seek re-election, ahead of the looming midterms, pointing to the potential for the GOP to regain the majority in 2022.
Meanwhile, polling has shown a dramatic shift in party preference from Democrat to Republican, at the end of 2021, as progressives lose popularity among voters.
Biden himself has been slipping in the polls over the past year, with American voters expressing frustration with the White House's handling of the embattled economy and the COVID-19 pandemic, according to recent surveys.
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