Former White House chief of staff caught slamming Biden's campaign message

 April 11, 2024

Some prominent Democrats are growing increasingly nervous about President Joe Biden's prospects in this year's election.

They include former White House chief of staff Ron Klain, who was heard slamming the president's priorities in a recently uncovered audio recording. 

Klain says Biden is too focused on infrastructure

According to Politico, it obtained the recording of Klain addressing attendees at an event organized by the publication Democracy: A Journal of Ideas.

"I think the president is out there too much talking about bridges. He does two or three events a week where he's cutting a ribbon on a bridge," Politico quoted Klain as saying.

"And here’s a bridge. Like, I tell you, if you go into the grocery store, you go to the grocery store and, you know, eggs and milk are expensive, the fact that there’s a f--king bridge is not [inaudible]," he continued.

Klain tells Politico that Biden's message "is less persuasive with voters"

Klain went on to point out that Biden is "not a congressman" and "not running for Congress," thus making his focus on infrastructure "kind of a fool's errand."

"I think that [it] also doesn’t get covered that much because, look, it's a f--king bridge. Like it's a bridge, and how interesting is the bridge? It’s a little interesting but it's not a lot interesting," Klain complained.

Politico noted that Klain later spoke with the publication, explaining that after his recorded remarks he went on to praise Biden's record.

"The president’s most effective economic message is contrast around whose side are you on, and compassion for the [pinch] of family budgets, and his agenda to bring down costs and raise incomes — and that lauding achievements — especially ones with abstract benefits — is less persuasive with voters," Klain said.

White House says Biden "will not let up" on message

Meanwhile, White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates told the publication Klain and the administration are largely on the same page.

"Like Ron says, President Biden is crisscrossing the country building on his State of the Union message, highlighting that he is fighting to grow the middle class and lower costs like prescription drugs while blocking the trickle-down agenda Republican officials have proposed on behalf of rich special interests, including Medicare cuts and tax giveaways to big corporations," Bates was quoted as saying.

"The President repeated that message in his Univision interview yesterday and will not let up," the White House deputy press secretary went on to insist.

Politico's report regarding Klain's remarks came one day before the Labor Department revealed that inflation had spiked last month.

According to Fox Business, the consumer price index went up 0.4% in March and increased by 3.8% since the same time last year.

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