President Joe Biden alongside Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan in the East Room of the White House, March 12, 2024 (Andrew Harnik/AP)

EA on Monocle Radio: “A Historic Fight for Freedom” — Biden’s State of the Union Address

With President Joe Biden and Donald Trump formally clinching their parties’ nominations for November’s election, I joined Monocle Radio and the BBC on Wednesday to analyze the forthcoming campaign.

I set out a contest of Biden’s focus on issues — among them, women’s rights, health care, the economy, and the fate of the US system and democracy — versus Trump’s approach of insults, falsehoods, and spectacle.

Making no predictions about the outcome, I look at the responsibility of the US media and the American public in this process, and reiterate why this is the most important election since 1865.

Listen to Monocle Radio from 2:51

I chat with Chris Cermak about the paths of Biden and Trump to their nominations, the state of the Republican and Democratic parties, the significance of the issues, and the importance of Americans who see themselves as “independent” rather than having a party affiliation.

I am not saying that the fate of democracy will prevent Trump winning the election. A lot of people are in with him come hell or high water.

But many American voters recognize this man is presenting them with a choice between Donald Trump the person and the US system. There is no in-between.

Listen to BBC Hereford and Worcester from 2:08.15

I joined Jonathan Ray for a Beginner’s Guide to the campaign, setting out the political and legal situation and cutting through the “white noise” — especially that coming from the Trumpist camp — to examine the issues.