Bill Clinton said Republicans hope to make voters ‘very miserable’ as he hammered the GOP at a campaign event in the closing days before the midterm elections.
Clinton spoke on Wednesday at a rally in Hurleyville, New York, where he was stumping for Democrat Josh Riley in a tight US House race against Marcus Molinaro for the state’s 19th District.
‘The Republicans are pretty simple actually, and pretty straightforward,’ Clinton said to laughter from the crowd.
‘They say, “I want you to be very miserable, and I want you to be very angry. And I want you to vote for us, and we’ll make it worse, but we’ll blame them,”‘ the former president added.
Bill Clinton has said that Republicans hope to make voters ‘very miserable’, as he hammered the GOP at a campaign event in the closing days before the midterms
Clinton was stumping for Democrat Josh Riley (left) who is in a tight US House race against Marcus Molinaro (right) for the New York’s 19th District
Republicans have leaned heavily on two main issues as they seek to regain majorities in the House and Senate: economic pain including high inflation, and rising crime in many US cities.
In his remarks, Clinton conceded that those were valid issues, saying: ‘Here’s the truth. We do have too much inflation, and we do have too much crime.’
‘But all this tough talk doesn’t amount to a hill of beans, that the Republicans are making,’ he added.
Clinton pointed at the ‘two shining stars of the Republican firmament’, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, saying that crime in those two states is ’50 percent higher than it is in New York.’
‘But wait, you can’t think, you’re supposed to be mad!’ added Clinton.
Clinton also hammered home what has become the Democrats closing argument for the elections: that Republicans will slash Medicare and Social Security if they regain control of Congress.
Clinton took aim at Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (left) and Texas Governor Greg Abbott (right) saying their ‘tough talk’ on inflation and crime didn’t amount to a ‘hill of beans’
The claim primarily refers to a proposal from Senator Rick Scott that all federal legislation would automatically expire after five years, which would require Congress to pass laws again to keep them on the books.
Biden and Democrats have hammered the plan, saying it would put Social Security and Medicare ‘on the chopping block’, but Scott has insisted that he doesn’t ‘know one Republican’ in favor of cutting back the retiree benefit programs.
Some key House Republicans have also suggested that they might use next year’s debt-limit deadline to push for spending and eligibility requirements for the popular programs, according to Bloomberg.
Clinton characterized the Republican platform as: ‘I’ll give you higher drug prices, weaken Medicare, weaken Social Security, but by then we’ll find a way to blame [Democrats] for it.’
New York’s 19th District race, complicated by redistricting, has scant polling data, but most observers consider it to be a toss-up.
Clinton’s remarks came on the same day that President Joe Biden delivered an ominous address warning that democracy itself is at peril in the coming elections.
President Joe Biden tied the attack on Paul Pelosi to former President Donald Trump and his refusal to accept defeat in the 2020 presidential election
Biden tied the recent attack on Paul Pelosi to former President Donald Trump and his refusal to accept defeat in the 2020 presidential election, and warned ‘dark forces with a thirst for power’ will threaten democracy in the midterms.
Biden didn’t call out Trump by name but it was clear he was making next week’s election a referendum on Trump’s ‘Big Lie’ – his false claim he won two years ago but was thwarted by voter fraud.
‘American democracy is under attack because the defeated former president of the United States refused to accept the results of the 2020 election ,’ Biden said in a speech at Washington D.C.’s Union Station.
‘And he’s made the big lie, an article of faith in the MAGA Republican Party,’ Biden said. ‘The great irony about the 2020 election is that it’s the most attacked election in our history. And, yet, there’s no election in our history that we can be more certain of its results. Every legal challenge that could have been brought was brought. Every recount that could have been undertaken was undertaken. Every recount confirmed the results.’
Biden attempted to pivot the conversation back to the protection of American democracy at a time voters say they are most worried about the economy and the high cost of living due to inflation. Crime remains another top concern.
Republicans accused him of trying to change the topic at a time voters give Biden low marks on how he has dealt with the economy and as the GOP sees a surge in momentum in the polls ahead of next Tuesday’s election.