Al Franken criticizes his party’s response to inflation, fears midterms are ‘going badly’

Former Democrat Senator. Al Franken He blamed his party for not doing enough to bring down inflation, warning on Tuesday that the sluggish effect of the inflation-reduction law has made him “stress” on Democrats’ chances in the upcoming November midterm elections.

Franken made the comment on a recent episode of “The Al Franken Podcast,” where he discussed lackluster party solutions to high inflation and the growing economic hardships facing American families. The Minnesota Democrat told listeners that while he finds the proposed Republican solutions insufficient, the Democrats’ influence Inflation Reduction Act It was too frivolous to resonate with voters in November.

“Americans are really worried about inflation. Gas prices are going up, rent, food, it’s hard to care about anything else when you don’t know if you’re going to do it from month to month or even week to week. Like the Republicans offered any solutions. Of course. Law. The so-called inflation cut is unfortunately – unfortunately, because it has not been implemented and we are not seeing a drop in inflation.”

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Comedian Al Franken performed at the Atlanta Symphony Hall on October 09, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Comedian Al Franken performed at the Atlanta Symphony Hall on October 09, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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The former senator also shot members of his own party for trying to reduce inflation in America by comparing it with other countries. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted at a ‘Face the Nation’ appearance over the weekend that Democrats should do just that. Stop playing inflation Because it is a global issue, not limited to the United States

“Americans don’t care that inflation is a global problem — and that the inflation rate is actually higher in almost every other developed country. Democrats aren’t going to win a lot of votes saying, ‘Oh, yeah, you know what the inflation rate is in Hungary 11%.'”

“Oh, I didn’t realize it,” he said sarcastically. “When my family eats peanut butter sandwiches again for dinner, I’ll raise inflation in Hungary.”

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Senator Al Franken D-Minnesota,

Senator Al Franken D-Minnesota,
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Franken said his party’s general handling of rising inflation made him worried about the Democrats’ performance on November 8.

“I have to say, I’m a little nervous about the midterms,” ​​he said. “Things haven’t been heading in the right direction lately.”

Opinion polls show a potentially bleak midterm outcome for Democrats with the economy and inflation among the main issues for voters. Findings from the New York Times and Associated Press indicated significant gains for the Republicans, It shows that voters trust Republicans more than Democrats to deal with economic issues.

While the electoral impact of inflation is expected to be significant, Franken said he hopes it will be Roe vs. Wade’s latest decision It would be enough to increase voter turnout for Democrats.

A gas pump displays the price of fuel at a gas station in McLean, Virginia, June 10, 2022.

A gas pump displays the price of fuel at a gas station in McLean, Virginia, June 10, 2022.
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“Things were going badly. I still think Dobbs’ decision will lead to an uptick. We seem to be seeing that, for example, in Georgia at least. I think that’s what’s happening there. But I was a little disappointed that I didn’t tell listeners ‘I didn’t like The directions I’ve been seeing.”

Franken, from Resigned in 2018 Amid pressure from his own party after several accusations of sexual misconduct, he recently said in an interview that it would be “tempting” to run for office again.

In a separate interview, Franken said that he still Keep his options open.

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