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President Joe Biden coming to Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday. Focus is health care costs, Medicare, Social Security.

South Florida Sun Sentinel - 9/21/2022

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 didn’t provide details about timing or location.

Later the same day, Biden is holding a Democratic Party political rally in Orlando.

Biden visited South Florida on July 1, 2021, a week after the collapse of the Champlain Towers South Condominium in Surfside. He met with local officials coordinating the response, spoke with first responders and consoled 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 Florida’s top elected Republicans: Gov. Ron DeSantis and U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott.

As DeSantis — widely seen as a potential candidate for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination — travels the state, he routinely devotes time at official government events to criticize Biden on a range of issues.

The subjects of Biden’s Fort Lauderdale speech — especially Medicare and Social Security — are important to Florida’s large population of older voters.

Scott leads the Republican Party’s efforts to win more seats in the U.S. Senate, and has proposed a platform he wants Republicans to rally around. It includes Scott requiring reauthorization of all federal laws every five years – something that Democrats have warned could jeopardize Medicare and Social Security.

Anthony Man can be reached at or on Twitter @browardpolitics

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