(Bloomberg) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi advised Democratic candidates to focus on “kitchen table” issues and curbing inflation as her party heads into the final two weeks before the Nov. 8 midterm elections.
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“The upcoming election will be decided around the kitchen table as America’s families determine who they trust to fight for them at this challenging moment,” Pelosi said in a letter to fellow lawmakers on Saturday. “We need to deliver a clear, compelling message about why families are experiencing higher prices.”
Pelosi said House Democrats should tell voters what they have already done to ease the burden of inflation and what they will do when they return to power in the next Congress. The opposition party has a historic advantage in midterm elections, and a recent Gallup poll shows that Republicans lead Democrats by 11 percentage points in which political party voters trust most to address pressing economic issues.
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Pelosi, who is serving her second term as spokeswoman, said Republicans had “mismanaged” the response to Covid-19, “stole jobs, shut down small businesses, strangled supply chains” and that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine did one “global scourge” exacerbates inflation”.
“Greedy corporations and special interests have tried to take advantage of the crisis: by raising prices to obscene levels, by stealing from families,” she said.
In contrast, Pelosi said her party has passed legislation that would lower the cost of living for Americans, including the Inflation Reduction Act, the American Rescue Plan, an infrastructure bill, and the CHIPS and Science Act.
Virginia Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat, told Bloomberg News in an interview this week that America’s bailout plan, signed early in the Biden administration, was too big, though it downplayed its impact on inflation. Lawrence Summers, the former Treasury Secretary, has criticized the size of this plan and warned against blaming “corporate greed” for inflation.
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US inflation indicators have risen at their fastest rate in 40 years this year, affecting everything from gasoline prices to restaurant sales, prompting the Federal Reserve to hike interest rates to their highest levels since 2007.
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