Former White House press sec. Jen Psaki said Monday on MSNBC that Democrats could not have done much to help curb inflation, arguing it is a global issue.
Inflation increased by 0.4% in September from August while “core” inflation, which measures the price of goods excluding food and energy, hit a 40-year-high. Core inflation rose 6.6% year-over-year. The cost of food at home rose 13% year-over-year while the cost of food away from home rose 8.5% year-over-year.
Psaki, however, said Democrats aren’t really there to shoulder the blame, arguing they need more time to fix the economy.
“On inflation, it’s a global issue. It’s happening around the world. I think there’s not a lot Democrats could have done to change that reality. What you are seeing, people like Barack Obama and Joe Biden do, is really try to make this about a choice and not a referendum on President Biden,” Psaki said. “You heard him say almost exactly that when he was answering questions over the weekend. If we’re looking back and the Democrats can’t hold the Senate, that will be a question should they have hardened that and been tougher on that earlier?”
“Right now, I think that’s their closing argument. It’s about we know inflation as an issue. We know your costs are too high. But who has a better plan? We have a better plan. So give us a chance to have more time. And we’re going to have to see if that works or not.” (RELATED: POLL: Republicans Pull Ahead Just Before Midterms As Inflation Remains Voter Priority)
Inflation remains a top priority for voters. A recent Morning Consult/Politico poll found 93% of voters are concerned with inflation. Three out of four Democrats polled said the economy would play a role in who they vote for. The same poll found 46% of voters trusted Republicans in Congress to handle inflation while just 37% trust Democrats.
A Trafalgar Group/Convention of States Action poll found 58.9% of respondents believe a Democrat-controlled Congress would hurt the economy compared to 41.1% who think it would improve the economy.