‘The first is to recognize this is a real challenge that we are all facing’
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has claimed that the GOP’s answer to inflation is “going to war with Mickey Mouse.”
During an interview on Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” anchor George Stephanopoulos said:
“You’re a veteran of the presidential campaign trail.
“What’s your advice to those facing voters this year in the face of those high prices?”
“The first is to recognize this is a real challenge that we are all facing and that families are feeling that pain, and we’re acting on it.”
“But, look, the bottom line is there are two very clear and very different approaches here,” he added.
“There’s our approach which is to find solutions to invest in our supply chains like we’re doing with the infrastructure money certainly in my department and in others to do everything that we can to lower costs for American families like the cost of insulin and prescription drugs.”
“Then there’s the other path that the congressional conservatives have put forward, which doesn’t really speak much to inflation,” he said.
“It is raising taxes on lower and middle-class families, making a lot of political hay out of the very real challenges that families are feeling and going to war with Mickey Mouse,” he added.
“So there is a very clear difference in strategies here against some very challenging economic problems.”
A new ABC News/Ipsos poll shows the economy and inflation are top of mind for voters ahead of the 2022 midterms.
Only 37% of Americans approve of Biden’s handling of the economic recovery, according to the poll.
According to an ABC News report:
The current inflation rate is at 8.3%, according to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
An updated number will be released on Friday.
Gas prices – at a record-high after increasing for months – are also a concern. Heading into the summer travel season, the current nationwide average is about $4.84 per gallon.
About two months ago, Biden announced plans to release 1 million barrels of oil per day from the strategic petroleum reserve, saying at the time that he expected this to bring down gas prices.
But Stephanopoulos on Sunday pressed Buttigieg, saying the move “hasn’t made any difference at all.”
He asked: “Was that a failure?”
“I don’t think it’s correct to say it hasn’t made any difference at all,” Buttigieg responded.
“This is an action that helped to stabilize global oil prices.”