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Karine Jean-Pierre disagrees with ‘characterization’ when pressed of Obama campaigning for Democrats


White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre dodged a question about former President Barack Obama during the campaign trail on MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show.”

“They had long hours and bad backs and bad knees to get that social security. If Ron Johnson doesn’t understand that, if he understands more about giving tax breaks for private planes than he only understands that seniors who have worked their whole lives can retire with dignity and respect, it’s not the person who thinks of you, knows you and sees you and he shouldn’t be your senator from Wisconsin !” Obama told a crowd in Milwaukee on Saturday.

“My question is, why is the former president arguing this case and not the current president?” MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart asked after airing a clip of Obama campaigning in Wisconsin.

Jean-Pierre said she disagreed with Capehart’s “characterization”.

“The president has been talking about it almost every day for months now,” Jean-Pierre said. “He talked about the choices that are at stake here.”

On Sunday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre joins MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart.
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“The Republicans in Congress are trying to take our Social Security away from us. They want to cut it, they want to cut it, they want to put it on the chopping block,” she said. “The president said that. That’s why he took every step he could to make sure we strengthened Medicare, right? That’s why the Inflation Reduction Act was very important and critical, which will reduce costs for Americans.”

She said Republicans want to repeal the Inflation Reduction Act and “raise the costs” for Americans.

“The things that we’ve seen the former president, President Obama, talk about so passionately are the things that are at stake, right? But also the work that the president, President Biden and vice -President Harris, have done to get our economy back on its feet for 20 months,” continues Jean-Pierre.

Capehart also asked about the president’s response to voters who think Republicans are better placed to handle the economy.

Karine Jean-Pierre disagrees with ‘characterization’ when pressed of Obama campaigning for Democrats

Former United States President Barack Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act and lowering health care costs for families during an event in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, United States, Tuesday, April 5, 2022.
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“The president always says this and you hear him say this all the time, that he wants to make sure we give Americans a little more wiggle room, which is what his dad used to say when he grew up in Scranton and he was dealing with these kitchen, kitchen table issues,” she said, adding that the economy was in “ruins” when Biden took office.

She also touted lower gas prices and the Inflation Reduction Act.

Karine Jean-Pierre disagrees with ‘characterization’ when pressed of Obama campaigning for Democrats

U.S. President Joe Biden waves to people on the South Lawn after arriving on Marine One after a trip to Delaware at the White House in Washington, U.S., August 24, 2022.
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Obama is scheduled to appear in Pennsylvania, a crucial battleground state, on November 5.


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