Political experts weigh economy’s impact on midterm elections amid ‘poor economic policies’

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The economy has taken a severe toll in recent months and some political experts are questioning how much of an impact it will have in the times to come midterm elections in November As inflation hit the highest rate in four decades and gas prices hit record highs.

America Inflation rate 8.3% April and May had the highest in the developed world, leaving behind Japan, France, Germany, the UK, Italy and Canada. President Biden’s administration has scrambled to find an answer to inflation and rising gas prices, which hit close to $5 a gallon nationally.

To better understand how the economy will affect the elections, or whether it will happen at all, Fox News Digital contacted four political experts to get their assessments.

Left to right: Kellyanne Conway, former White House counselor to President Trump; Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary and Fox News contributor; and Tulsi Gabbard, former Democratic Congresswoman from Hawaii.
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Tulsi Gabbard, former US Congresswoman from Hawaii and 2020 Democratic presidential nominee:

“I think the most important thing is that Americans across the country are looking for solutions. People are already struggling, because of inflation, because of rising gas prices. People don’t feel safe in their communities. You know, the value of the dollar is falling because things are getting more and more expensive and people are going to have a hard time. I think what they are looking for, regardless of political party, They are the leaders who are going to bring the solutions and actually initiate action to solve these problems.

“I’m sitting here in Washington, D.C. right now and am very aware of the reality of how alienated most of our political leaders are from that conflict and how Americans around the country are already facing the reality of that despair. … Messages come from the White House like ‘We’re entering a recession, but it really won’t be that bad,’ things are already bad. difficult for many people And it adds to their lack of trust and confidence that people in Washington even know what they are getting into when they hear statements like these. People want solutions, so that’s what they’re looking for right now, and that’s as we move forward.

“The quote-quote is too focused on sending the message, or changing the message, or sending the message, or improving the narrative. What does this have to do with reality? You can say that things are about to be different or better, but As long as people are actually seeing action, unless people are actually looking forward to making progress and addressing these challenges, they will just keep hearing that there is a lot of talk… “

Tulsi Gabbard, former representative from Hawaii, speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, US, Friday, February 25, 2022.

Tulsi Gabbard, former representative from Hawaii, speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando, Florida, US, Friday, February 25, 2022.
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Kellyanne Conway, former presidential campaign manager and former White House adviser to President Trump:

“When it comes to the economy, Democrats want you to believe not what you see, but what they say. You see prices skyrocketing; they say, ‘I really doubt that we We are going to see an inflationary cycle’; it is ‘transient’. And a ‘high-grade problem’ caused by ‘Covid’ and ‘everything related to the supply chain.’

,Inflation and recession fears Household finances are battered and overall stability and personal savings are threatened. US consumer sentiment fell in early June to the lowest level on record, which corresponds to the highest inflation numbers in 40 years. Recent polls from Fox News and CNN tell the same story: More than three-quarters rate the US economy to some degree or very bad; In which 81 percent are independents and 76 percent are women. Biden blames Putin for US inflation; Americans blame Biden.

“The contrast between the Trump economy and the Biden economy couldn’t be more obvious. Inflation was low, wages were high, there was infant formula on grocery store shelves and gas was cheap. There is a way out. A growing number of panicked voters know it’s too much.” The first was not much better and they want him back.

“Republican leaders and candidates and other influential people should articulate and present policies that benefit job creators, job seekers and job holders. These include energy independence, reduced tax burdens, and regulatory attacks on American businesses and workers. That includes eliminating, fairing, and enforcing reciprocal trade deals, and building supply chains that keep Americans employed—and America first.”

Former President Trump's senior adviser, Kellyanne Conway, speaks during an event on education at the America First Policy Institute on January 28, 2022 in Washington, DC.

Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser to former President Trump, speaks during an event on education at the America First Policy Institute in Washington, DC January 28, 2022.
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Brandon Arnold, Executive Vice President of the National Taxpayers Union (NTU):

“Despite Secretary Yellen’s claims, we are headed for a recession. The real question is not whether or not it will happen, but how severe it will be. Similar is the situation for Democrats in the upcoming election. Will it happen or not. They are going to lose, the question is how serious their loss will be.

“Obviously, these conditions are highly interrelated. Poor economic policies Congressional Democrats and President Biden Tough economic conditions have turned into a complete disaster that will manifest at the ballot box in November. If Democrats are able to salvage any positives—such as a hold on the Senate—they will need unforced errors and a very shallow slowdown by GOP candidates.

“Meanwhile, Republicans need to focus only on economic issues, while avoiding any major disturbances.”

Brandon Arnold, Executive Vice President of the National Taxpayers Union

Brandon Arnold, Executive Vice President of the National Taxpayers Union
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Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary for George W. Bush and Fox News contributor:

“Democrats are in big trouble, with or without recession. The party in power.”

Ari Fleischer, media advisor and former White House press secretary at Centurion Club, Hertfordshire, ahead of the LIV Golf Invitational Series.

Ari Fleischer, media advisor and former White House press secretary at Centurion Club, Hertfordshire, ahead of the LIV Golf Invitational Series.
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Comments provided to Fox News Digital in this article are part of a new weekend series where strategists across the political spectrum are asked similar questions relating to political hot topics and are provided the opportunity to present their point of view.

Fox News’ Anders Hagstrom contributed to this article.