Biden To Democrats: ‘I’ll Only Have A Veto Pen’ If They Lose Congress


‘This off-year election, in my view, may be the most important off-year election in modern history. Because we know what happens, we know the fundamental change that shifts if we lose the House and Senate,’ Biden told House Democrats. ‘The only thing I’ll have then is a veto pen.’

Precedent and polling make Republicans look poised to take back control of the House, and possibly the Senate too, with Democrats already only holding on to a razor-thin majority.

Biden used his appearanced in Pennsylvania to lay out his latest thinking on the Ukraine-Russia conflict, defend his record and swat away some recent Republican attacks, including the blame the GOP has assigned to him for the high gas prices and inflation.

‘I’m sick of this stuff,’ he told the crowd.  ‘We have to talk about it because the American people think the reason for inflation is the government spending more money – simply not true.’

The president even brought props along – holding up a stack of printed news clips, which contained favorable headlines.

‘Make no mistake, inflation is largely the fault of Putin,’ Biden said.

‘I love Republicans saying … Biden’s going to stop the Keystone Pipeline. And I did. And that’s the reason prices went up. Folks, let’s get something straight here: The Keystone Pipeline was two years away and had been 2 per cent finished,’ he continued.

He then showed off the stack of clippings, reading a New York Times headline that said Republicans ‘wrongly’ blamed Biden for rising gas prices. He also talked up a Washington Post op-ed from Dana Milbank, which contained a similar message.

Biden called out oil and gas companies, saying that there are 7,000 permits available to them.

‘Why aren’t they out pumping oil? Why aren’t they out pumping oil?’ he asked. ‘What’s happened? Well, the oil companies and executives they don’t want to pump more oil – although they have every capacity to do so, nothing is slowing them up from doing it if they want to,’ he said.

Sponsored Links

‘Why? Rather than spend the profits from the increased price of gasoline, they would rather take those profits and buy back stock,’ Biden said. ‘Rather than take that money and invest it in pumping new oil – not a joke, not a joke.’

The president was open about where he’s held different views than parts of his party – especially the progressive wing.

Referencing the 2020 election, he talked about how he though ‘we had to unify the country.’

‘Which a lot of you didn’t like,’ he said as an aside.

Sponsored Links

When talking about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Biden admitted, ‘I know I’ve occassionally frustrated you,’ explaining that he’s often waited for other NATO nations to get on board before announcing retaliatory actions against Moscow.

‘But more importa… (Read more)

Comments are closed.