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BISMARCK, N.D. – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) joined Jackie DeAngelis on Fox Business’s Maria Bartiromo’s Wall Street to discuss President Joe Biden’s partisan campaign address on Thursday night. Excerpts and full video are below.
On the Partisan Campaign Address:
“My reaction as I saw it play out: I suspect this is a little more of a comfort zone for Joe Biden—being angry and loud and obnoxious. But it was very unpresidential, to say the least, and disappointing in many respects. You’ve already pointed [out] the fact that he was going to be the great unifier and of course, he abandoned that not just on Thursday night, but the day after he was inaugurated. I just thought this—what I call a very unhealthy obsession with his predecessor—is a sign of great insecurity and, frankly, some desperation. I don’t know why the leader of the free world, the Commander in Chief, the President of the United States would allow his predecessor to spend so much time inside his head. To me, it was a peculiar speech, but it was a campaign speech disguised as some sort of a military exercise.”
“If they’re as desperate as I think they probably are, they probably felt like they needed to do something really big. It looked more like the opening to a Batman movie than it did a presidential address, so it was disappointing in that sense. By the way, I don’t think it elevates him at all, but I actually think it reduces his stature with the American public. When he has now taken the military and used them as a political backdrop, things that they’ve accused Donald Trump of doing, [and] the hypocrisy of this unifier versus great divider, which he has clearly become. I think it’s a recognition they’re in a position where they have to throw Hail Marys in hopes of surviving this next midterm election in a couple of months and they’re trying whatever they can. I also think he’s just a little more comfortable with this sort of message than he is with some sort of more substantive policy message.”
“This is part of the strategy to distract away from the policies and the hurt of the American people and to somehow deflect the blame to his predecessor of all things and MAGA Republicans. When you’re a President who has the incredible luxury of having his party in the majority in the House and in the Senate, and as a result of that all-encompassing power, they flooded this economy with over $2.5-3 trillion of free money. [The] economy was already supercharged. Demand was already higher than supply and they increased the demand. We’re still struggling through all of that even with this week’s job numbers, which still remain to be completely analyzed, but it’s all looking awfully flat. The productivity, that’s what I get more concerned about than anything, is down and we’re in a recession while facing this inflationary time. These are things [Joe Biden] doesn’t want us to be thinking about, much less crime-ridden streets and the influx of illegal immigrants.”
“I just think that they’re hoping they can somehow change the narrative while they can’t change what’s going on in people’s lives. You cannot convince the American people with all the marketing and backdrops and movie sets in the world that they’re not hurting. They know they’re hurting every time they fill their gas tank or buy groceries or try to buy a home for crying out loud. We’ve yet to see, I think, the worst of the inflation.”
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