Democrats, Popcorn in Hand, Root for a Rowdy GOP Debate

21 August 2023

WASHINGTON — After a year of fretting about President Joe Biden’s political standing and their electoral chances in 2024, Democrats are at a moment of high confidence as Republicans prepare for their first presidential debate Wednesday. They will be watching with bated breath in hopes that the Republican candidates embrace the likely-to-be-absent Donald Trump, defend him over his four criminal indictments, endorse national restrictions on abortion and — in the Democrats’ dream scenario — call for cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

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