Democrats ‘doing a good job’, but ‘it’s not good if the economy keeps going in the wrong direction’


On Tuesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Chris Jansing Reports,” Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL) said it wouldn’t be good in general or good for Democrats “if the economy keeps going downhill. Wrong direction”. And that President Joe Biden and House Democrats have done a good job.

Host Peter Alexander asked, “We know the Fed is kicking off a big meeting today. The economy, of course, remains on everyone’s mind. The president said Sunday he believed the worst was over. But an article in Kiplinger yesterday said the following, … “It is very likely that the downturn we have been experiencing will worsen and the bear market is unlikely to be over.” If the economy gets worse, as they warn, how problematic is that for Democrats? Do Democrats need to demonstrate continued progress to try to prevent this issue from becoming defining for so many voters?

Bustos replied, “Yeah, it’s not good if the economy keeps going in the wrong direction. This is not good for Democrats. However, we have to look at what we have done, and we have to keep talking about it. Look what just happened for Medicare patients. We cap their annual expenses at $2,000. If a senior needs to take insulin, it is capped at $35 per month. No one else has achieved this. We are – the president just relieved $10,000 in student loan debt or $20,000 if you went to school on Pell Grants. So we have a story to tell, but we have to keep telling it.

She added that “it’s going to come down to doing a good job, which I think the Biden administration is, and I think the House Democrats are as well, and taking credit for it. So, we need to talk about it, and then we need to make sure we have the best plan to get the vote out of our party’s history.

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