Republicans must demand equal time from networks to respond to Biden's 'Soul of the Nation' prime-time address Thursday

Even the flacks at heavily pro-Democrat NBC recognize that President Biden's planned address to the nation Thursday night is political:

Biden to give prime-time speech about 'soul of the nation' as voters prepare to cast midterm ballots

President Joe Biden plans to deliver a prime-time speech this week about how America's "rights and freedoms are still under attack," returning to the core message of his 2020 campaign as Americans are getting ready to vote in the November midterm elections.

White House official said Thursday's address at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia would focus on "the continued battle for the soul of the nation" and show how the president sees the central argument of his 2020 candidacy remains as salient as ever with the midterm elections coming into clearer focus.

The president will lay out how America's standing in the world and its democracy are at stake, the official said. Biden will highlight what he sees as progress over the past two years to protect our democracy, but note that rights and freedoms remain at risk.

"He will make clear who is fighting for those rights, fighting for those freedoms, and fighting for our democracy," the official said. (snip)

Thursday's speech comes as Biden is ramping up his travel schedule in the closing months of the midterm elections. The event in Philadelphia will be his third in the battleground state in the span of one week. Biden on Tuesday intends to discuss his plan for public safety and will contrast that with what he will say is an "extreme MAGA agenda" from congressional Republicans that "is a threat to the rule of law."

MSNBC recognizes propaganda when it sees it:

The GOP must demand equal time from any network that provides free airtime for this campaign speech.  This is the standard practice after State of the Union speeches, which are also recognized as political in nature.  I nominate Ron DeSantis to deliver the GOP rebuttal directly after Biden speaks.  

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