As Midterms Loom, White House Aims To Blunt GOP Edge On Inflation

by | Oct 27, 2022 | Politics

With midterm elections less than two weeks away and voters worried about spiraling costs, President Joe Biden will hit the road Thursday to warn that if Republicans win control of Congress, inflation will get worse. The White House said Wednesday that Republican plans to extend the temporary tax cuts they enacted in 2017 would put upward pressure on prices, and so would their plans to reverse recent Democratic legislation allowing Medicare to negotiate for cheaper prescription drugs. AdvertisementAdministration officials repeatedly described the Republican agenda as “mega MAGA trickle-down economics” during a conference call, echoing a phrase Biden used last week at a Democratic National Committee event. “Republicans are doubling down on their mega MAGA trickle-down economics that benefits the very wealthy,” Biden said Monday. “It failed their country before and will fail it again if they win.” Democrats had hoped that the Supreme Court decision ending federal abortion rights would help them escape the electoral beating that a president’s party usually takes in midterm elections. Abortion gave Democrats a boost this summer, but polls still give Republicans strong odds of taking the House and maybe the Senate, with inflation the No. 1 issue in essentially every public and private political survey. Stanley Greenberg, a veteran Democratic pollster, released a memo on Tuesday arguing that Democrats need to focus almost exclusively on cost-of-living issues in the final days of the election. While he argues there is little the party can do to blunt Republican attacks on immigration o …

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