‘Let me start with two words – Made in America’: Biden’s economics speech gets off to a rough start – before shaming Republicans who now WANT money from the infrastructure bill they voted against
- Biden visited a Volvo Group Powertrain facility in Hagerstown, Maryland
- He messed up his speech introduction by miscounting words in his slogan
- Then he praised American manufacturing gains and tore in the Republicans
- Dozens of Republicans wrote to the Transportation Department seeking funding
- They tried to boost projects despite voting against the infrastructure bill
President Joe Biden forgot to fact-check the first line of his speech at a Maryland factory on Friday.
“Let me start with two words: made in America,” Biden said at an event at the Volvo Group Powertrain facility in Hagerstown.
He just forgot to count the number of words in the mantra.
‘Made in America. It’s not hyperbole. I’m not kidding about that, as you know,” Biden continued.
The president also cheered laborers and American workers, as well as investments in high-tech manufacturing, as well as a new monthly report showing that the US economy created 263,000 new jobs last month.
“Let me start with two words: made in America,” President Joe Biden said, opening his Maryland address unfavorably.
Then Biden brought a CNN report based on an archive request, which found a series of letters sending Republican lawmakers to Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg seeks funding for projects in their district – despite destroying the infrastructure legislation that created the pot of money.
CNN says Republicans called the Biden infrastructure program socialism and then asked for the money. And it goes through all the Republicans, the most conservative Republicans who call it socialism, and now they’re asking for it,” he said.
He brought GOP Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and a host of other Republicans raised. He has written three separate letters to the administration asking for projects in his district. He says it improves quality of life and reduces congestion. Stimulates the economy. Voted against it – says it’s all socialism.”
Biden went after Republicans including Rand Paul (Ky.) who sought money under an infrastructure bill they voted against
GOP lawmakers wrote to Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg to pitch local projects
Biden mockingly said he didn’t know there was so much ‘socialism’ in the Republican Party
Rep. Tom Emmer, chairman of the GOP House campaign group, said a road improvement was also a ‘social justice measure’
Others Biden checked on the name were Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul and Kentucky Rep. Andy Barr, who called the bill a “great socialist government agenda.”
“Three different projects he wants, citing the importance of safety and growth in his neighborhood.”
‘Rand Paul,’ he continued – ‘I can go down the list. Look it up. Socialism. I didn’t know there were so many socialist Republicans,” he said derisively.
“People, look, you can’t make this up,” he said.
The CNN message, which came Friday morning, came after a record request, although it also had the cooperation of the administration.
“It’s hard not to chuckle,” Buttigieg told the station.
Emmer has released a statement explaining his support for the highway program in his district of Minnesota. “We will always heed the call to advocate for real infrastructure improvements in the Sixth District as part of smart spending practices,” he said.
Paul had pitched 10 projects despite rejecting the infrastructure bill, which received some Republican support, for wasteful spending.
‘Resisting a spending law does not always mean resisting the purpose of that spending; opposition to a spending bill could mean opposition to spending that widens the deficit and is not offset by spending cuts elsewhere,” his spokesperson told the network.