United States President Joe Biden must not have believed former President Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign slogan, “It’s the economy, stupid!”
Constituent complaints about rising prices for scarce goods and services probably serve as a constant reminder to fellow Democrats.
A recent airing of NBC’s “Meet the Press” included three voters who identified as Independents. They indicated the economy was an important concern for them, more than many other issues being addressed by national Democrats.
‘It’s almost $400 just to go to the grocery store for three people,” said Pennsylvania voter Jennifer Ruchinski. “I mean, that’s insane.”
“Leading into the argument about elections and election fairness in either direction turns me off,” explained Georgia voter Jonathan Lochamy.
Host Chuck Todd asked, “What could Biden do right now to make you feel less like a reluctant Biden supporter?”
“We got a lot of problems,” responded Georgia voter Jason Murphy. “We’ve got high inflation; We have supply chain issues.”
Todd interjected that the economy is replacing COVID-19 as the hot topic with voters, a subject that he said Republicans lead by 33 percent.
The show displayed graphics demonstrating an increase in jobs and a decrease in unemployment, before noting 61 percent of Americans say their family income is falling behind inflation’s effect on their cost of living.
Murphy later added, “I think he’s listening to too many liberals.” The Republican National Committee posted a short video clip that included his reaction.
On Sunday, the CBS show “Face the Nation” aired a segment with a panel of nine voters who spoke on various issues facing the United States.
“I think this whole country is suffering from COVID fatigue at this point,” said a woman named Mildred who identified as a Biden supporter. “It has become confusing and depressing.”
She added later she realized not all Republicans are the same but reacted against the last administration, especially Trump.
Later in the broadcast when host Margaret Brennan asked about rising prices and inflation, she got an earful of complaints about the economy.
“All you have to do is go to the grocery store or fill your car up at the gas station,” Mildred explained, adding, “I have a two-person household. I go to the grocery store now, I’m paying double what I was paying even a few months ago. Everything’s gone up.”
“My granddaughter loves bacon, by the way, and I can barely afford bacon,” she concluded.