By CHRIS ENLOE | October 19, 2022
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President Joe Biden suggested Tuesday his top priority is codifying abortion rights into federal law. But the White House says his top priority is combatting inflation. So, on Tuesday, Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy grilled White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre for clarity on the clear contradiction.
Biden promised that if Democrats retain control of Congress after the 2022 midterm elections, his number-one priority will be passing a federal law granting abortion rights.
“Here is the promise I make to you and the American people: The first bill that I will send to the Congress will be to codify Roe v. Wade,” Biden said Tuesday.
So which is Biden’s top priority, Doocy asked, abortion or inflation?
“You just said [inflation is] ‘his number-one economic priority.’ We’ve heard the president say inflation is his top domestic priority, but now he’s saying, come next year, his first bill would be abortion-related,” Doocy began.
“So is his number-one domestic priority abortion, or is it inflation?” he asked.
Instead of answering the question, Jean-Pierre said Biden has made the economy his top priority over the last 19 months and that he is “working on the economy every day.”
If that is true — that Biden is working on the economy “every day” — then Doocy followed up: Why are Bloomberg economists now predicting there is a 100% chance the U.S. economy plunges into a recession when Biden claimed the economy is “strong as hell” just days ago?
The press secretary, however, claimed a recession is not coming “because of the work that this president has done.”
“We are seeing an economy that is resilient. We are seeing an economy that is going into a transition with more stable growth, more steady growth. And that is because of the work that this president has done,” she claimed without citing any specific work.
10/18/22: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre youtu.be
Despite Biden’s promise to codify Roe v. Wade into law, poll after poll shows abortion is not a winning issue for Democrats. Instead, Americans are most concerned with the economy, crime, and immigration. Biden, therefore, would do well if he actually focused on policy that helps the inflation crisis instead of passing inflationary legislation that overheats an over-baked economy.