Appearing on Newsmax’s “National Report” on Tuesday, Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) predicted that record-high gas prices and skyrocketing inflation will lead to a Republican sweep in the November midterm elections.
Gas prices have reached a national average of over $5 per gallon, according to AAA and the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 8.6% between May 2021 and May 2022, putting inflation at a four-decade high. Looking at these figures, it is no wonder that the American people are frustrated with the party in power.
Americans’ anger is reflected in the polls, as the latest Rasmussen Reports Daily Presidential Tracking Poll — which came out on Tuesday — showed President Joe Biden’s approval rating at a new low of only 38%. For comparison, at this time in former President Donald Trump’s first term, his approval rating was at 49%.
Since taking office, Biden’s policies have led to financial hardship for the average American, and that is definitely not good for the Democrats’ chances in the midterms. As the famous James Carville quote goes, “It’s the economy, stupid.” The number one issue on every voter’s mind when choosing who to elect in November will likely be their wallet and which party will make it easier for them to afford to live.
During his interview on Newsmax, Rep. Carter pointed out that these “kitchen table issues” are important to Americans.
“There’s no question about it; these are kitchen table issues,” he said. “I hold my breath when I go to the gas station. I’m hoping when I fill up my tank, it can stay under $100. Most of the time, it doesn’t. It’s over $100 to fill up with a tank of gas.”
Carter went on to note that inflation has risen higher in the past 12 months than it has at any point since 1981, which will result in the average American family paying an extra $5,000 out of pocket.
“It’s just out of control, and I think it’s going to result in a Republican win this fall,” he said. “What we want to see right now is some relief for Americans.”
Despite all of these issues, the Biden administration is pretending that the economy is doing great by pointing to the latest jobs reports.
“You know, Putin — Putin’s price hike, inflation, coming — coming out of a once-in-a-generation global pandemic — all of those things play a factor. And, you know — but the thing — the way that we see this is that the American people are well positioned to face these challenges because of the economic historic gains that we have made under this president — under this president in the last 16 months,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed during a recent press briefing.
“So we know — we know that the — that high prices are having a real effect on people’s lives. We get that. And we are incredibly focused on doing everything that we can to make sure that the economy is working for every — American people. But we are coming out of the strongest job market in American history, and that matters,” she asserted.
Responding to those claims, Carter said that they show that the White House is “tone-deaf.”
“They don’t get it,” he said. “You’ve got too many dollars chasing too few products right now, hence we’ve got inflation at record highs. The American Rescue Plan is the reason we have inflation right now. It is one of the primary reasons.”
Carter went on to note that the Biden administration started a “war on fossil fuels” from the first day that Biden took office, which has only contributed to rising inflation.
The Georgia Republican added that, if he was advising the White House, he would make it a priority to get gas prices down now. The problem is that it would require investment in energy infrastructure to show the oil and gas industry that the government is committed, as the companies are wary of putting time and effort into projects only to have their projects canceled or banned in the future.
“They’re not going to increase their pumping only to get us through this and then have the rug pulled out from underneath them,” Carter said. “You need to make sure that we’ve got the Keystone XL pipeline back in production.”
“All these things would lead to lower gas prices. You get gas prices down,” he added.