White House economist accuses Mike Pence of using old data to attack Biden

September 4, 2023

This past weekend saw a member of the Biden administration lash out with allegations against former Vice President Mike Pence. 

According to the Washington Examiner, Council of Economic Advisers chairman Jared Bernstein accused Pence of using out of date data to attack President Joe Biden.

"June 2022 wants its talking point back"

Bernstein's comments came during an appearance on "Fox News Sunday" in which he told host Shannon Bream  that "June 2022 wants its talking point back."

"That is, he talked about inflation at a 40-year high. That was true over a year ago,"  the Examiner quoted Bernstein as saying.

"It is down two-thirds since then. 9.1%, that's what he was referring to. Again, that is a stale, over-a-year-old talking point, and it's down about 3%," the economist stressed.

When Bream pointed out that inflation is "still well ahead of when you guys took over," Bernstein shot back that it is "certainly not ahead of wages, and that is the key point."

Pence: "Bidenomics has been a failure"

Bernstein's interview came moments after Pence spoke with Bream, telling the host that "this economy is struggling."

"Nobody is buying Bidenomics," Pence continued, adding, "I was in Iowa this week, and I told people inflation is at a 40-year high."

"Mortgage rates are at a 22-year high and two out of three Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. Bidenomics has been a failure for American families," the former vice president complained.

Poll finds most Americans have negative view of the economy

Interestingly, Politico noted in a piece published last month that vulnerable House Democrats have been distancing themselves from the term "Bidenomics."

That makes sense given how a CBS News/YouGov poll carried out between July 26 and July 28 found 65% of respondents said the economy is "bad" compared with only 29% who characterized it as being "good."

What's more, the survey also found that of those who have heard the term "Bidenomics," 50% said they associated it with higher inflation while 49% tie it to higher taxes.

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