Biden Warns GOP Against Cutting Social Security, Medicare, Says He’s Their ‘Nightmare’

US President Joe Biden on Thursday vowed to maintain social and health care benefits for elderly and low-income Americans, warning that he would be a “nightmare” for Republicans seeking to take them away.

“I know that a lot of Republicans, their dream is to cut Social Security and Medicare,” Biden said during a trip to the Republican stronghold of Florida, which has one of the highest numbers of people without health insurance.

“Well, let me say this: if that’s your dream, I’m your nightmare.”

Even though he has not yet officially declared his candidacy, Biden appeared to be speaking with an eye to the 2024 presidential election.

The speech borrowed from Biden’s State of the Union address Tuesday, when he blasted Republicans for seeking to cut social spending in order to lower the country’s huge debt.

That caused aggressive jeering from many Republican members of Congress, one of whom shouted “Liar!” at the president.

Some Republicans in the audience also shouted that they did not intend to take away the benefits, but Biden was skeptical about those promises on Thursday, saying “I’ll believe it when I see it.”

Some 18 percent of Americans are on Medicare, federal health insurance for people 65 or older, and other people with certain disabilities.

Medicaid is a separate program partly financed and operated by states that covers medical costs for low-income Americans of all ages.

Speaking in a state that has a large population of seniors and also 5.5 million low-income people on Medicaid, Biden blasted Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for blocking the expansion of Medicaid.

“Over 1.1 million (more) people in Florida would be eligible for Medicaid if Governor DeSantis just said, ‘I agree to expand,'” Biden said. “The only reason Medicaid expansion hasn’t happened here is politics.”

Biden, who says he hasn’t yet made a final decision on whether to run for a second term next year, is betting heavily on boosting social programs to rally voters.

Former VP Pence subpoenaed in Trump probe: US media

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Former US vice president Mike Pence has been subpoenaed by the special counsel investigating Donald Trump and his role in the January 6, 2021 assault on the Capitol, US media reported Thursday.

The Justice Department appointed Jack Smith as special counsel to oversee federal probes into Trump’s role in the riot, as well as his handling of classified documents stored at his Florida beach club.

The subpoena “follows months of negotiations between federal prosecutors and Pence’s legal team,” ABC News reported.

Pence’s testimony could help shed light on Trump’s bid to block the certification by Congress of Joe Biden’s election victory.

Trump publicly pressured Pence, who presided over the session of Congress, not to certify the election results, but the vice president resisted his demands.

Pence has denounced Trump’s actions on January 6 as “reckless” but declined to answer questions from a congressional committee investigating the Capitol attack.

Trump, who has announced a new White House run in 2024, could try to block Pence’s testimony by citing executive privilege, as he has tried to do with other former officials.

Pence is believed to be considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024 but has not yet announced his candidacy.

Smith will determine whether Trump should face any charges, though Attorney General Merrick Garland will have the ultimate say on whether charges should be filed.

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