US Midterms: Pelosi and Sanders Press Democrats' Case On Talk Shows

Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, have made their case for control of Congress across the five major Sunday talk shows. Their appearances focused on the Party's economic policy, as Republicans have gained an edge in the polls [...]

US Midterms: Pelosi and Sanders Press Democrats' Case On Talk Shows
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Facts

  • Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, have made their case for control of Congress across the five major Sunday talk shows. Their appearances focused on the Party's economic policy, as Republicans have gained an edge in the polls just weeks from the midterm elections.
  • On CBS's "Face the Nation," Pelosi argued that inflation is a global problem that the Biden admin. is working hard to tackle. The senior Democrat also said the Pres. is working to bring down the cost of living in the US while reducing the national deficit, and stressed that a GOP victory in the coming elections would put Social Security and Medicare at risk.
  • CNN's "State of the Union" featured Sen. Sanders, who said that Democrats have to contrast their pro-worker economic plan with the Republicans' corporate agenda, claiming that the latter want to cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and wages to fight extraneous inflation.
  • Meanwhile, on ABC's "This Week," Dem. campaign chief Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney claimed that Republicans have "no plan" to fix the economy despite having blamed Democrats for economic problems ahead of the elections.
  • Sunday's appearances came on the same day as the release of an ABC News/Ipsos poll indicating that voters trust Republicans more than Democrats on economy and fuel-related inflation — the issues are reportedly those most on voters minds in relation to the midterms.
  • Meanwhile, Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina — the only Republican interviewed about the GOP's agenda this Sunday – endorsed House minority leader Kevin McCarthy's suggestion to demand spending cuts before allowing a debt ceiling increase, in an appearance on CNN.

Sources: New York Times, CBS, CNN, ABC, and Politico.

Narratives

  • Democratic narrative, as provided by The Washington Post. The economy is getting back on track. The US annual deficit has seen its largest one-year drop in history, while gas prices are falling and unemployment rates are lowering. If voters hand control of Congress over to Republicans in these midterm elections, Americans will be electing a group that are willing to crash the economy and put the US in default in order to achieve their ideologically driven agenda of Social Security and Medicare cuts.
  • Republican narrative, as provided by Washington Free Beacon. The US is heading towards stagflation and the Biden admin. is to blame. Democrats have failed to take action against the worst inflation in decades, deeming it as transitory and fictitiously blaming soaring prices on corporate greed and Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine. In fact, it is down to reckless government spending at a time of restricted supply. A Republican Congress is needed to curb Biden's big-spending and end this crisis for working Americans.

Predictions

Which parties will control US congress following the 2022 midterm elections?
The aggregate of Metaculus community forecasters was on Oct 24, 2022.