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Biden Sees ‘Clear Message’ to Fight Crime After California Vote

  • Republicans are hitting on crime ahead of midterm election
  • President urges state, local authorities to use federal money
Joe Biden

Joe Biden

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President Joe Biden called on state and local governments to spend more money fighting crime and gun violence after voters on Tuesday “sent a clear message” about their public-safety concerns, including in California Democratic primaries.

“It’s time the states and the localities spend the money they have to deal with crime, as well as retrain police officers, as well as provide for more community policing,” Biden told reporters Wednesday before traveling to Los Angeles for the Summit of the Americas.