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Biden touts his economic record as midterm elections approach

Biden touts his economic record as midterm elections approach

In a last ditch effort to convince voters ahead of the mid-term elections, President Biden on Thursday he highlighted his economic record and blasted Republicans for supporting policies that were “reckless and irresponsible.”

Biden appeared at a rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico, along with Democratic New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham as part of his personal closing days. sprint campaigns.

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President Joe Biden speaks about his student debt relief plan at Central New Mexico Community College, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2022, in Albuquerque, NM (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky / AP Newsroom)

“People look at who’s complaining. This is what I find fascinating. This is fascinating to me,” he said. “The people who are complaining, MAGA Republicans sitting in Congress, have been forgiven hundreds of thousands of dollars, even millions of dollars in pandemic relief. But now they are attacking middle class Americans and standing up for who the hell do they think they are?

He also claimed that when he took office the economy was “in ruins” and that former President Trump — whom he called “my predecessor” — “actually lost more jobs and had fewer jobs when he left than he did when he came.”

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“Unemployment was 6.4%. People were really hurt and hundreds of thousands of small businesses in your state and across America closed,” he said, failing to mention that it was his party that pushed for shutdowns during the pandemic. “We are a much better place today, although people are still hurting. We have more to do. But ten million jobs have been created since I took office, more than ever with the help of your administration.

Biden’s itinerary in the final days of the campaign illustrates the limited political power of a president who some Democrats have kept at arm’s length in this cycle’s tight races.

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It also suggests that the president, whose approval ratings remain in the water, has decided he can be most effective by using the waning days before the polls to shore up support for Democratic candidates in areas he easily won in 2020.

This Associated Press contributed to this report.



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