‘He’s Underwater In Wisconsin’: CNN Host Gives Reality Check As KJP Touts Biden’s Accomplishments


Nicole Silverio Media Reporter
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CNN host Phil Mattingly gave White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre a reality check on President Joe Biden’s approval ratings in Wisconsin as she touted the administration’s accomplishments.

Jean-Pierre joined “CNN This Morning” Wednesday morning where she touted the Inflation Reduction Act’s accomplishments on its one-year anniversary. She said the president’s speech on his economic plan—branded “Bidenomics”—in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is a direct example of him delivering for the American people.

Biden “talked about how the Inflation Reduction Act, and also the bipartisan infrastructure legislation and also the CHIPS and Science Act, all of these important, historic legislation are creating a manufacturing boom … You look at Wisconsin, just specifically looking at Wisconsin, $3 billion of companies are investing $3 billion in Wisconsin. 150,000, more than 150,000 jobs were created in the last two years because of the president’s ‘Bidenomics’ right? Because of his economic plan,” Jean-Pierre said.

“Yeah, I mean, to that point, he’s underwater in Wisconsin. You’re talking about Wisconsin, he’s underwater in Wisconsin,” Mattingly said.



“I know and I understand it, but you have to remember, Phil, these are long-term investments, right? These are long-term investments which Americans are going to start to see and as you know, Phil, you know this probably better than I — you’ve covered a couple of administrations at this point — the real polling doesn’t tell the whole entire story. That’s why we are going to continue to tell that story,” the press secretary responded. (RELATED: ‘Does The President Intend To Address The Criticism?’: Reporter Presses White House On Biden’s Response To Maui) 

The president is neck-and-neck with former President Donald Trump and Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in a potential 2024 general election in Wisconsin. A Marquette survey published July 27 shows Biden and Trump tied at 50% in July. DeSantis currently leads Biden 51% to 48%.

Trump led Biden 52% to 47% in May, and DeSantis held more support 51% to 48%, according to the survey. In late June, Biden held a slight lead over Trump 53% to 47%, according to FiveThirtyEight.