Biden on Whether Top Domestic Issue Is Inflation or Abortion: ‘There’s No One Thing’

Melanie Arter | October 20, 2022 | 11:34am EDT
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President Joe Biden gestures as he departs after speaking about the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House, in Washington, DC, on October 19, 2022. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
President Joe Biden gestures as he departs after speaking about the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, next to the White House, in Washington, DC, on October 19, 2022. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – When asked Wednesday whether what the top domestic issue is - inflation or abortion – President Biden said, “They’re all important,” and “We ought to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time.”

Following his remarks on the infrastructure law, Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy asked Biden, “Just hoping to clarify for midterm voters, top domestic issue: inflation or abortion?”

“They’re all important. Unlike you, there’s no one thing. It crosses the board. Domestic — ask me about foreign policy too. There’s multiple, multiple, multiple issues, and they’re all important,” Biden said. “And so — and we ought to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time. You know that old expression?”

As CNSNews.com previously reported, the president said Tuesday that the first bill he “will send to Congress will be to codify Roe v. Wade, and when Congress passes it, I’ll sign it in January, 50 years after Roe was first decided the law of the land.”

When asked Tuesday whether abortion or inflation is Biden’s top domestic issue, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said, “The president is going to continue to talk about issues that matter to the American people, and abortion is one of them. A majority of the American people disagree with the decision that — that the Supreme Court made — the Dobbs decision.  That is — a majority of the people disagreed with that.

“When it comes to the economy, the president has made it very, very clear. When it comes to inflation, it is the — his number-one economic priority, and he is doing everything that he can to make sure that we lower prices for the American people,” she said.

Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy said, “And you just said it’s ‘his number-one economic priority.’ We’ve heard the president say inflation is his top domestic priority, but now he’s saying, come next year, his first bill would be abortion related. So is his number-one domestic priority abortion or is it inflation?”

“Well, let’s not forget what the president has done the last 19 months. He has made the economy his top priority. He — he has passed the American Rescue Plan. By — by the way, as you heard me say all the time, no Republicans voted for that in Congress, and it was a plan that helped us get back on our feet with the economy, that helped us gain or create 10 million jobs that we had lost,” Jean-Pierre said on Tuesday.

“It also put money in people’s pockets it. It also made sure that businesses were — were able to open up, schools were able to open up. People were able to go back into their homes, save their homes, and so, that was the American Rescue Plan,” the press secretary said.

“There’s the Bipartisan Infrastructure legislation, which was, again, to invest in ports, invest in the infrastructure that was dwindling, and so that is something that he did. The Inflat- — Inflation Reduction Act that is lowering cost for the American people,” she said.

“He’s working on the economy every day. I just announced yesterday — or we just announced, yesterday, hearing aids. Thirty million people are going to benefit from hearing aids, saving thousands of dollars a year. So that’s working on the economy every day,” Jean-Pierre said.

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