Buttigieg Says Democrats Are Having A Hard Time Campaigning Because They’ve Been Too Successful

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Sunday while on ABC’s “This Week” that Democrats are actually having a difficult time campaigning because they’ve been too successful.

Buttigieg told host George Stephanopoulos Democrats “are proud” of their many “accomplishments” such as the American Rescue Plan.

“Remember, we have our challenges right now, but when the president took office, we were facing an economy that was at risk of going into freefall. The American Rescue Plan stopped that, and it went directly into easing the burden for Americans with those tax benefits that Americans got,” Buttigieg said.

“I do think we run the risk — because there have been so many accomplishments — right, the CHIPS Act which is bringing manufacturing back to the United States, the PACT Act, getting veterans the benefits they deserve, of course the infrastructure bill, the Inflation Reduction Act, on top of that American Rescue plan … in some ways having achieved so much legislatively makes it hard to talk about it all at once because there are just so many accomplishments.”

As the midterm elections approach, voters are most concerned about inflation and the economy and trust Republicans to handle the issues better than Democrats, polls reveal. (RELATED: Bernie Sanders Says American Rescue Plan Had No Impact On Inflation)

Inflation increased at 0.4$ in September from August while “core” inflation, which measures the price of goods excluding food and energy hit a 40-year-high.

One poll conducted by WPA Intelligence on behalf of the Club for Growth found more than 40% of voters view inflation and other economic concerns as their top issues. 42% of voters trust Republicans the most to handle those issues while just 34% trust Democrats, according to the poll. The poll surveyed 1,102 likely voters in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin from Sept. 6-11 with a +/- 3 percentage point margin of error.

A recent Gallup poll found the GOP is leading Democrats in favorability on issues such as the economy, with 51% of voters polled believing Republicans would do a better job at helping the country prosper.