President Joe Biden and Democratic leaders around the country are grappling with rising crime rates before the 2022 midterm elections, a cycle likely to be complicated by an issue that mixes voters’ safety with race relations.
But instead of tiptoeing around the issue, traditionally a losing one for Democrats, the party is trying to confront it head-on. And it is all part of an effort to avoid a barrage of “defund the police” political attacks that crippled candidates competing in battlegrounds last year. Democratic centrists have slammed liberals over that term, saying it cost them seats in the House last November.
Biden arrived in Chicago Wednesday en route to Illinois’s 14th Congressional District, an area to the city’s west that he only won by 2 percentage points in 2020. The president did not stop for long in the Democrat-run city, where two federal Bureau