With just 16 days to go until the midterm elections, Sen. Bernie Sanders said Sunday Democrats should deliver an economic message addressing working-class struggles amid high inflation instead of focusing primarily on the issue of abortion.
Sanders, I-Vt., discussed the Democrats’ midterm election message during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“I think what Democrats have to say is, ‘We’re going to stand with workers, we’re ready to take on the drug companies, we’re ready to take on the insurance companies, and create an economy that works for all of us,” Sanders said.
“Is the issue of abortion important? Yes,” he continued. “But we also need to focus on the struggles of workers to put food on their tables.”
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Democrats largely made abortion a centerpiece of their midterm campaigns after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June.
However, a recent poll shows that while abortion remains a major issue, many do not see it as the most important issue facing the country.
A survey of 1,000 registered Latino voters conducted by NBC News and Telemundo earlier this month found that only 5% believe abortion is the “most important issue facing the country”.
In an ABC/WaPo poll released last month, the economy (89%), education (77%) and inflation (76%) topped the issues that voters consider ‘very important’ in the election. approaching mid-term, but these issues have been closely followed by crime. at 69%, which beat abortion at 62%.
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Sanders also suggested that President Biden is not responsible for high inflation as Republicans claim, and instead pointed to the war in Ukraine, supply chain disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic and corporate greed.
The senator said that studies show that 50% of inflation is due to this last factor.
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“One of the reasons for inflation is the incredible level of corporate greed. Look at the profits of oil, pharmaceutical, food companies,” Sanders said. “Their exorbitant profits are ripping off the American people.”
When asked if the country would face a recession, Sanders said it was “hard to say” but could be avoided if “we did the right things”.
Fox News’ Jessica Chasmar contributed to this report.