‘Mega MAGA trickle-down’: Biden sharpens final midterms pitch – JP


“And if people want to make a debt ceiling [for a longer period of time], just like anything else, there comes a point in time where, OK, we’ll provide you more money, but you got to change your current behavior,” the California Republican added. “We’re not just going to keep lifting your credit card limit, right?”

With those comments, McCarthy essentially issued a challenge to Biden late in the election cycle for a showdown next year. The president didn’t back down Friday when asked about McCarthy’s threat, saying he opposes the sometimes-floated notion of simply abolishing the federal debt ceiling. “No,” he told reporters Friday morning in the Roosevelt Room with a slight chuckle. “That would be irresponsible.”

Biden also issued another warning to Republicans, slamming several GOP plans he said would deeply slash several widely used entitlement programs. “Let me be really clear, I will not yield,” he said. “I will not cut Social Security. I will not cut Medicare. No matter how hard they work at it.”

During both public appearances Friday, Biden made clear that he is banking on voters feeling too leery of what Republicans would do with additional power, predicting: “Polls have been all over the place. I think we will see one more swing back in our direction.”

Yet, an Emerson College poll released hours earlier showed voters favoring Republican candidates over Democrats on a generic ballot, 46 percent to 41 percent. “Since last month, congressional Republicans have increased their support by one percentage point, and Democrats have lost four percentage points,” Emerson analysts wrote in a summary of the survey.

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