Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on MSNBC on Monday that Democrats couldn’t have done much to help reduce inflation because it is a global issue.
Psaki’s statement comes after the Biden administration has passed several bill which many would argue were extremely inflationary, such as the massive Democrat backed infrastructure bill as well as indiscriminately sending out checks directly to Americans’ bank accounts.
In September, inflation increased by 0.4% from August, while core inflation increased by 6.6% year on year.
Psaki, said Democrats shouldn’t shoulder the blame on the issue, arguing that the economy needs more time to recover.
Jen Psaki on inflation: "There's not a lot Democrats could've done to change that reality." pic.twitter.com/9yZEd67J3Y
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“On inflation, it’s a global issue. It’s happening around the world. I think there’s not a lot Democrats could have done to change that reality. What you are seeing, people like Barack Obama and Joe Biden do, is really try to make this about a choice and not a referendum on President Biden. You heard him say almost exactly that when he was answering questions over the weekend.” Psaki claimed. “If we’re looking back and the Democrats can’t hold the Senate, that will be a question should they have hardened that and been tougher on that earlier?”
“Right now, I think that’s their closing argument. It’s about we know inflation as an issue. We know your costs are too high. But who has a better plan? We have a better plan. So give us a chance to have more time. And we’re going to have to see if that works or not.” She added.
Inflation has consistently ranked as a top priority for voters as the midterm elections near in a variety of different surveys.
According to a new poll released by Morning Consult/Politico, three out of every four Democrats polled said the economy would influence their vote.