NBC, CNN and ABC panels warn OPEC+ decision is ‘bad news for Democrats’ ahead of midterm
Panelists from NBC, CNN and ABC said Sunday that the OPEC+ announcement was « bad news for Democrats » as the midterm elections draw closer and gas prices are expected to rise.
On ABC’s « This Week, » host Martha Raddatz said Democrats were « hopeful » about their midterm chances and asked ABC’s Terry Moran if they would still felt confident.
“Democrats were hopeful about their chances. Do you still have this feeling? asked Raddatz.
« No, I think the air came out of that balloon. Partly because, look, the economy is so tough for so many people, food prices, rents skyrocketing, if they have funds retirement, these evaporate and even the abortion issue, which led to several special elections in this remarkable Kansas referendum result, when there are millions for whom this will be the number one issue one, I think the economic headwinds are so harsh, and Biden just doesn’t pack the punch as a candidate anymore. People don’t really want him,” ABC’s Terry Moran said.
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Jane Coaston of The New York Times, host of « The Argument, » said the OPEC+ announcement would have a « significant impact » on voters, but suggested the GOP didn’t have an answer to the inflation. OPEC+ ministers announced on October 5 that they would cut oil production by 2 million barrels per day. President Biden announced he would release an additional 10 million barrels of oil in response to the OPEC+ decision.
« What’s their solution to inflation? Their solution to inflation is ‘let’s shout more about books in schools?’ And so I think for a lot of American voters, you can see why there’s increased interest in libertarian party candidates and third party candidates because you see both sides offering very few real solutions, and you have Republicans seemingly rooting for a recession,” she said.
She added that it comes down to the fact that « politics doesn’t offer many answers. »
Raddatz described the OPEC+ decision as a « huge disappointment for the White House. »
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Brendan Buck, who worked for former President Paul Ryan, told an NBC News « Meet the Press » panel that OPEC+ was cutting production « at the worst possible time for Democrats. »
« If you want to understand the direction of politics, watch gas prices. And the Democrats did better over the summer when they started falling, and it’s very likely they’re about to start again. to go up and that’s really bad news for Democrats, » Bouc said.
Speaking to CNN’s « Inside Politics, » Axios editor-in-chief Margaret Talev said the image of President Biden punching Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman would « haunt » him.
« For your point, yes, I think there’s an obvious political difference between a $1.50 or 25 cent increase, but it’s going in the wrong direction. That’s politically nowhere the White House would like to to be 30 days away and that presents a huge While Margaret was grading the post and you heard the Joe Biden sound you played Abby in, I don’t know if American voters are going to buy her argument that it’s about of Russia and the Saudis when they go to the pumps and feel the pain of rising prices. The president, the buck stops here, he tends to bear a lot of it, » said David Chalian of CNN.
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Astead Herndon, a political reporter for The New York Times, said Biden’s approval rating was at its lowest when gas prices were at their highest and he will certainly take responsibility for that.
« I think the White House is right to be deeply frightened about this. The numbers you just showed with inflation at the top, gasoline prices are generally what make consumers feel more wrong about the economy, even beyond the experts in terms of I think the White House is absolutely right to be concerned about this, because their worst problem, according to David, is going in the wrong direction” , did he declare.
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The Washington Post editorial board wrote that Biden’s foreign policy with Saudi Arabia had « failed gravely. »
« There could be no more disturbing evidence of how badly Mr. Biden’s efforts earlier this year to mend the fences with de facto Saudi leader Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have failed, » the committee wrote. writing.