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Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy took White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre to task when she refused to answer a simple question about President Joe Biden.
During the press briefing, Doocy asked Jean-Pierre if she could name Biden’s “top domestic policy” but things got chaotic when she refused to do so. Doocy turned her into a stuttering mess with just one question: “What is President Biden’s top domestic priority now? Is it inflation or is it abortion?”
Below is a transcript of the exchange:
Doocy: “What is President Biden’s top domestic priority now? Is it inflation or is it abortion?”
Jean-Pierre: “The president’s going to continue to talk about issues that matter to the American people, and abortion is one of them. Majority of the American people disagree with the decision that — that the Supreme Court made, the Dobbs decision. That is — a majority of the people disagreed with that. When it comes to the economy the president has made it very, very clear when it comes to inflation it is the his number one economic priority and he is doing everything that he can to make sure that we lower prices for the American people.” [crosstalk]
Doocy: “And you said it’s his number one economic priority. We’ve heard the president say inflation is his top domestic priority, but now he’s saying come next year his first bill would be abortion-related. So is his number one domestic priority abortion or is it inflation?” [crosstalk]
Jean-Pierre: “Well, let’s not forget what the president has done in the last 19 months. He has made the economy his top priority. He — he has passed the American Rescue Plan by — by the way, as you heard me say all the time, no Republicans voted for that in Congress. And it was a plan that helped us get back on our feet with the economy.”
Biden got another round of bad news before November’s crucial midterm elections as a new poll found that his approval rating has tanked and a huge majority of voters also want to ditch him.
“Overwhelming majorities of Americans are disappointed with the state of the country and want Republicans and Democrats to leave Donald Trump and President Joe Biden behind, according to a Monday poll. Overall, 70% of Americans say they are dissatisfied with the state of the U.S. with respect to their rights and freedoms. Meanwhile, 70% also say they hope Trump does not run for office in 2024, and another 70% majority says the same for Biden,” Fox News reported.
“Within their parties, 57% of Republicans want Trump to run again, while 52% of Democrats want Biden to run. The Monday poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research surveyed 1,121 adults over landlines and cellphones from October 6-10. Of those surveyed, 961 said they were registered voters. The poll has a margin of error of 4%. Vice President Kamala Harris continues to have a lower approval rating than Biden in the AP poll, sitting at 38%. The poll had Biden at 46%,” the report added.
Below are some of the topline findings from the AP-NORC poll:
–Overall, 54% say their finances are good in the latest survey. That figure was at least 62% through the global recession caused by the pandemic in 2020, and even in late 2021 and early 2022 as prices began to rise across the country.
–Forty-three percent say they approve of how Biden is handling his job as president, while 25% say the country is headed in the right direction. Biden’s approval rating had dropped as low as 36% in a July AP-NORC poll, and the percentage saying the country is headed in the right direction dropped as low as 14% in June.
–The drop in financial well-being was especially acute among Americans in households making less than $50,000 a year, just 33% of whom now call their personal finances good compared with 50% in March. Sixty-one percent of those in a household making between $50,000 and $100,000 call their personal finances good, as do 75% of those making more than that — both down only slightly since earlier in the year.
–In the latest poll, 23% call the national economy good. That’s similar to the percentage in June but down slightly from 29% in September, when views of the national economy had shown signs of improvement. The drop since September came primarily among Democrats, from 46% then to 35% now.
Only 9 percent said they believe the country is heading in the right direction under Biden and Democratic leadership, with a whopping 74 percent saying America is on the wrong track.
Meanwhile, 54 percent disapprove of Biden’s job performance and just 25 percent of Independents say they approve of Biden’s performance. Americans are feeling the pain, economically, without question.