NBC, CNN, ABC panels warn OPEC+ decision ‘bad news for Democrats’ ahead of midterms

NBC, CNN and ABC panelists said Sunday that OPEC+ announcement was “bad news for Democrats” as the midterm elections approach and gas prices are expected to rise.

On ABC’s “This Week,” host Martha Raddatz said Democrats were “hopeful” about their midterm chances and asked ABC’s Terry Moran if they still felt confident.

“Democrats were feeling pretty hopeful about their chances. Do you still get that sense?” asked Raddatz.

“No, I think the air went out of that balloon. Partly because, look, the economy is so hard for so many people, food prices, rent increases, if they have retirement funds, they evaporate and even the issue of abortion, which led to several special election in the remarkable Kansas referendum result, while there are millions for whom that will be the number one issue, I think the economic headwinds are so tough and Biden just doesn’t have that mood as a candidate anymore. People don’t really want to have him around,” ABC’s Terry Moran said.

Terry Moran joins ABC's "This week" to discuss the options of the Democrats in the medium term.

Terry Moran joins ABC’s “This Week” to discuss the Democrats’ midterm chances.
(Screenshot/ABC/This Week)

LEGISLATURE CRITICIZES US Dependence on Foreign Oil as OPEC+ EXTENDS PRODUCTION

The New York Times’ Jane Coaston, host of “The Argument,” said the OPEC+ announcement would have a “big impact” on voters, but suggested the GOP has had no answer to inflation. OPEC+ ministers announced on October 5 that they would cut oil production by 2 million barrels per day. President Biden announced that he would be released 10 million barrels more oil in response to OPEC+’s actions.

“What’s their fix for inflation? Their fix for inflation is ‘let’s scream some more about books in schools?’ because you see the two sides offering very few actual solutions, and you have Republicans who seem rooted in a recession.” she said.

She added that it boils down to the fact that “politics doesn’t offer many answers.”

Raddatz described the OPEC+ decision as a “huge disappointment for the White House.”

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA - JULY 15: US President Joe Biden (L) is welcomed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R) at the Alsalam Royal Palace in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on July 15, 2022. (Photo by Royal Court of Saudi Arabia / Handout / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA – JULY 15: US President Joe Biden (L) is welcomed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (R) at the Alsalam Royal Palace in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on July 15, 2022. (Photo by Royal Court of Saudi Arabia / Handout / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
(Photo by Royal Court of Saudi Arabia / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

BIDEN HOLDS OUT POSSIBILITY OF ‘ARMAGEDDON’ IN DEMOCRATIC FUNDRAISING SPEECH

Brendan Buck, who worked for former Speaker Paul Ryan, told an NBC News “Meet the Press” panel that OPEC+ is cutting production “at the worst possible time for Democrats.”

“If you want to figure out the direction of politics, watch the gas prices. And the Democrats did better over the summer when they started ticking down, and it’s very likely that they’re about to start going up again, and that’s very bad news for the Democrats,” Buck said.

During CNN’s “Inside Politics,” Axios managing editor Margaret Talev said the image of President Biden fist-bumping Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman would “haunt” him.

“To your point, yes, I think there’s an obvious policy difference between a $1.50 increase or a 25 cent increase, but it’s going in the wrong direction. It’s not political anywhere that the White House would like to be out 30 days and that’s a huge headache When Margaret noticed the message and you heard the Joe Biden audio that you played Abby I don’t know that American voters are going to buy his argument that it’s about Russia and Saudi Arabia when they go to the pump and feel the pain of increased prices. The president, the buck stops here, it tends to take a lot of the responsibility for that,” CNN’s David Chalian said.

Participants attend the opening session of the 15th International Energy Forum in Algiers on 27 September 2016.

Participants attend the opening session of the 15th International Energy Forum in Algiers on 27 September 2016.
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OCTOBER SURPRISE? WHY OPEC’S PLANNED PRICE RAISE COULD PUMMEL DEMOCRATS

Astead Herndon, a New York Times political reporter, said Biden’s approval rating was at its lowest when gas prices were at their highest, and he will certainly take some blame for that.

“I think the White House is right to be deeply afraid of this. The numbers you just showed with inflation at its peak, gas prices are usually what makes consumers feel worse about the economy, even though go past where the experts are on economic matters. I think the White House is very right to be concerned about this because their worst question, to David’s point, is moving in the wrong direction,” he said .

US President Joe Biden makes remarks about what he calls "continued struggle for the Soul of the Nation" in front of Independence Hall in Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, USA, September 1, 2022.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks about what he calls the “continuing battle for the nation’s soul” in front of Independence Hall at Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, U.S., on September 1, 2022.
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The Washington Post editorial board co-wrote Biden’s foreign policy Saudi Arabia failed “badly”.

“There could not be more troubling evidence of how badly Mr. Biden’s efforts earlier this year to mend fences with the de facto Saudi ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, have failed,” the editorial wrote.

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