FIRST ON FOX: Vulnerable incumbent Representative Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, is the last Democrat to claim that high gas prices and inflation are not the fault of President Biden or her party.
FOX Business learned that Axne made the claim during a June TV interview with the local press, in which he claimed that the GOP is using “stories” that they believe will “scare people” and that the blame is not on the president. whether the Democrats are in Congress.
“Well, the unfortunate thing is Republicans don’t have anything good to run on,” Axne claimed in the June 12 interview. “So what they’re up to are stories that they think will scare people.”
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“Some of it is incredibly misleading, and certainly some of it isn’t even the president’s fault or anything in Congress,” the president said. Iowa Democrat Sequel†
A few days later, on June 15, Axne took part in a House Democrats press conference about the Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act where she blamed “decades of poor policy making” for the inflation Americans are now feeling.
At the same press conference, Axne noted how she hears “every day” about high gas prices from voters in her district and how they “have a hard time making ends meet.”
In addition, two days later, Axne said in a June 17 radio spot that if “this inflation continues and we end up in a worse position down the road, we’re going to have to deal with that, so it’s my job to keep up with all of this.”
“What we also know is that people have money in their pockets,” Axne claimed. “We were able to keep Main Streets alive during COVID.”
“We’ve kept people in work, that’s why we have low unemployment. And so there’s a lot of really good stuff too,” she continued. “And let’s figure out how best to balance those opportunities with the effects we’re having right now.”
However, Axne’s claims about inflation contradict reality, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicting skyrocketing inflation will force the average American to pay $5,200 more this year for the same goods they bought last year.
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“If this inflation continues and we end up in a worse position down the road, we’re going to have to address that, so it’s my job to keep up with all of this.”
Axne is not the only Democrat who has championed Biden’s approach to inflation and the economy. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., claimed in May that “so much is being done” by the president to tackle inflation.
“Supply has fallen, so prices are rising. We recently passed two bills on price inflation and market manipulation. Bring the price down at the pump. That has something to do with the war in Ukraine, but not all But a big part of it,” Pelosi argued.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, also defended Biden’s approach to inflation, saying the Biden administration is “keeping this country afloat and alive.”
†[Democrats] have a track record of helping the American people,” added Jackson Lee.
Axne’s inflation claims come ahead of a midterm election that is heavily predicted to favor Republicans.
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The Iowa Democrat’s race is supposed to lean towards the GOP, meaning Axne faces an uphill battle to keep her seat this cycle.
Democrats have pushed several scapegoats for the rising costs of groceries and gas across America, previously claiming inflation is transitory and the fault of Russian President Vladimir Putin during the war in Ukraine.
Axne’s campaign did not respond to FOX Business’s request for comment.