Pennsylvania, Salvini, John Fetterman discussed on Monocle 24: The Briefing

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So and we know that salvini's been very appropriate in the past and almost went on a trip that in the summer which he pulled out of what rather wisely I'd imagine, well, fertility d'italia is the senior partner and I think we need to emphasize that. I think that meloni is wise enough to realize that she needs to support Ukraine. Who knows what she really feels, but that seems to be the stance she's taken and I think it would be a likely unlikely if she changed that. She's also knows that Italy has certain checks and balances balances on it. And is within the framework of the European Union. She's realized that maybe she needs to moderate her tone on that one, but of course she's always going to have the possibility that the likes of Bela scoring or even salvini will say something out of turn. Ed stocker in Milan, thank you for joining us. You're listening to the briefing here is monocles MSO with the days of the headlines. Thanks, Andrew. The British pound plummeted to a record low against the dollar today, falling more than 4%. It follows a decision by the UK's new Chancellor quasi quatre to slash taxes. We'll have much more on the story with The Economist Vicky price, a little later on today's program. Cardinal Joseph zen a 90 year old former bishop of Hong Kong stood trial today over his role in a relief fund for the city's pro democracy protests in 2019. Mister zen was arrested by Hong Kong's national security police in May, along with three other leading democracy activists, including kanto pop star Denise Ho. NASA controllers are expected to deliberately crash a space probe into an asteroid today, the dart probe which weighs 600 kilograms will crash into a small rock in orbit known as the dimorphos, the aim of the experiment is to test how to deflect asteroids should one be discovered to be on course to collide with Planet Earth. Those that his headlines, back to Andrew. Thank you, Emma, you are listening to the briefing on monocle 24. The United States is a little over 6 weeks from midterm elections, which, if polls are to be believed, may return control of the House of Representatives to a Republican Party which shows little if any indication of returning to our planet. In Pennsylvania, the GOP candidate for governor Doug mastriano is all in on former president Donald Trump's fantasies of a stolen 2020 presidential election. The candidate for Pennsylvania's vacant Senate seat is a TV celebrity and massive weirdo. Neither are expected to win, but both are polling at a level which suggests that the appetite for paranoid grievance among the Republican base is not dwindling, and we are joined with more from this from Pennsylvania by monocles, Washington, D.C., editor Chris Schumacher, Chris, we are about 6 weeks out from the midterms as I was just saying, what are the polls telling us about those midterms nationally? We will come to Pennsylvania shortly. So nationally speaking, Andrew, at the moment, it is still quite a mixed picture. It is hard to say exactly what will happen. Things have changed a little bit, particularly since the Supreme Court's ruling on limiting or rejecting a national right to abortion that has helped Democrats before that it looked like Republicans would have been able to take both the Senate and the House at the moment it looks more like Democrats will be able to at least hold on to the Senate where about one third of senators of the 100 senators are up for reelection. It does look like Republicans will be able to retake the House of Representatives where all members of the house are being elected in these midterms. So a bit of a mixed picture that would mean that even if the Republicans take one only the House of Representatives, they're going to have a strong ability to limit Joe Biden's agenda for the coming two years. You have been visiting Pennsylvania. Why is Pennsylvania especially important this time round? So Pennsylvania is, as you were alluding to there in part because of the candidates, it is a fascinating race. You alluded to the two Republican candidates. You also have on the democratic side interesting cases, the Senate candidate is John fetterman, he's hard to describe. He's a massive human being just in terms of height. To begin with. And he's something of a populist on the side of the left. I went to listen to him in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He has just had a stroke a few like a month ago or so. So that's something that has been watched here very closely. He spoke very personally about that. He is still struggling a little bit with auditory reception as a result. But generally speaking as well, and I should say Pennsylvania is just crucial because it is a swing state. It is one of these states that both fight for of very much. There is currently a Republican senator who is leaving, so if John fetterman were to win this race and he does look like he is a head currently, although not by that much, then this would be a pickup for the Democrats and any pickup in this very, very close election is key in the Senate is currently evenly divided 50 50 with the vice president being the tying vote Kamala Harris. So any pickup if Democrats were to get to 51 to 49 would be tremendous and Pennsylvania is one of those key states with hope to be able to pick up at least one Senate seat and they are also leading on the governor's side at the moment, Josh Shapiro of an attorney general of the state is the one leading in that race. So it's one that's being watched very closely because of the mix of people that are here, the mix of types of voters and the fact that it is a state that swings between both parties and different elections. When you've been talking to people in Pennsylvania, what have struck you as the actual issues. To what extent are people buying into these bizarre paranoid grievances which now seem to constitute much of the Republican Party's platform? Well, you know what's interesting Andrew when so I've been to one rally on the Republican side for Doug mastriano and one rally for the democratic side, Josh federman so far, John fetterman. And what's interesting is I think in some ways the narrative that both are spinning and that is resonating with voters is similar in that it is one about what the government will do for you and what rights it will take away from you. And that is the sort of narrative that Republicans are spinning. I think it is worth remembering when he mentioned, obviously the case of democracy, but also this is really the first election since the pandemic. At least since the pandemic restrictions. And that is something that is also resonating very strongly from people that I speak to here, people who have gotten engaged in politics on the Republican side because of the restrictions that were imposed as a result of the pandemic and this essential belief here that that was unnecessary that the pandemic was not something that should have been taken nearly as seriously as it was. Beyond that, yes, democracy is a key element of this as well. There are many Republicans, a majority of Republicans, in fact, who do believe that the 2020 election was a fraud. And this is something that therefore resonates here. That's something that makes this race also very crucial. I spoke to one democratic election lawyer, I should say, who works who works in one of the counties here and he talked about how he is really gearing up for a fight this time even more than in 2020, 2020, he said Republicans were really ready for a legal fight despite Donald Trump's claims that the election was a fraud. This time they are ready. So this is one of the key worries going into the going into the midterms in November. What kind of fight will be put up if there is a close race in Pennsylvania and other states. Chris Thomas, thank you for joining us. That was our Washington correspondent Chris Thomas, you are listening to

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