Biden says inflation is his “top priority”

President Biden, in defense for months over rising inflation, went on the attack on Tuesday, berating Republicans for complaining about rising prices while offering “extreme” political ideas that he said would help. wealthier Americans and large corporations rather than working families.

Seeking to overturn the debate on the economy against its opponents six months before the midterm Congressional election, Biden targeted what he called the “ultra-MAGA agenda,” a phrase he used increasingly. in recent days referring to former President Donald J. Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again”.

“Look, the bottom line is this. Americans have a choice right now between two avenues. Reflecting two different sets of values, “Biden said in a speech at the White House.” My plan attacks inflation and grows the economy by lowering costs for working families, giving workers the well-deserved increases, reducing the deficit at historic levels and charging their fair share to large corporations and wealthier Americans.

“The other avenue is the ultra-MAGA plan proposed by Republicans in Congress to raise taxes on working families, lower the income of American workers, threaten sacred programs that Americans rely on such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and give a break after another to big companies and billionaires “.

Mr. Biden mentioned a program called the “11 Point Plan to Save America” established by Senator Rick Scott of Florida, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. But other Republicans, including Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the party’s minority leader, have done so. repudiated elements of this planwhich Scott proposed as a platform for the midterm elections.

Republicans did not wait for Mr. Biden’s speech to accuse him of avoiding responsibility for inflation. “Biden may be living in an alternate reality, but voters don’t, which is why they exclusively blame Biden and the Democrats for the rising prices they see for everyday goods, gas and groceries,” said Ronna McDaniel, president of the Republican National Committee. “The economy is in a runoff in November and voters know Biden and Democrats are only making things worse.”

Mr. Biden blamed the inflation of the coronavirus pandemic and Russia’s war in Ukraine, which is at its highest for the past four decades. He claimed credit for reducing the federal deficit and promoting tax increases on corporations and the wealthy, saying they did not pay their fair share. He also accused the energy companies of making profits without increasing production as they could have done.

“I know that families across America are suffering from inflation,” he said. “I understand how it feels. I come from a family where, when the price of gasoline or food went up, we felt it. “

He added: “I want all Americans to know that I am taking inflation very seriously and it is my top priority.”