COVID-19, the economy and voting rights: 5 takeaways from the Biden CNN town hall in Ohio

Written by on July 21, 2021

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Biden preaches vaccinations in Cincinnati city corridor

President Joe Biden was fielded key questions on the financial system, infrastructure and extra within the CNN city corridor.

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WASHINGTON – In a city corridor roughly six months into his administration, President Joe Biden confronted questions from the coronavirus pandemic nonetheless plaguing the US and vaccine hesitancy to considerations of gun violence and limits on voting rights.

Biden took half in a CNN city corridor in Cincinnati, Ohio at Mount St. Joseph College. The city corridor got here as worries in regards to the delta variant of COVID-19 are on the rise and the financial system continues to be recovering from the pandemic. 

Listed here are the important thing takeaways from Biden’s city corridor:

Vaccinations for kids underneath 12 coming ‘quickly’

Biden mentioned that kids underneath the age of 12 could possibly get vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 “quickly.”

“I don’t inform any scientist what they need to do. I don’t intervene,” Biden mentioned when discussing the timeline of how quickly kids might get the vaccine. “What they’re telling me, is allow us to determine based mostly on scientific knowledge and the way we proceed. Do it the way in which we’d ordinarily.”

Biden mentioned “the expectation,” though scientists aren’t “promising me any particular date,” is for kids to probably have the ability to get vaccinated by the start of the college 12 months within the fall.

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“My expectation speaking to the group of scientists we put collectively, over 20 of them plus others within the subject, is that a while, perhaps to start with of the college 12 months, on the finish of August, starting September, October, you will get a last approval saying the FDA mentioned ‘no, that is it. It is good,” Biden mentioned.

The president additionally mentioned that the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention will probably challenge a suggestion for kids underneath the age of 12 to “in all probability be carrying a masks at school. 

“That is in all probability what is going on to occur,” Biden mentioned.

Biden believes Democrats and Republicans can work collectively on Jan. 6 fee

Throughout Wednesday’s city corridor, Biden was requested to answer Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s choice to reject two Republicans from the January sixth fee, which is tasked with investigating the assault on the US Capitol earlier this 12 months. 

CNN moderator Don Lemon requested Biden that if Democrats and Republicans “cannot come collectively proper to research the most important assault on our Capitol in 200 years,” what makes him assume that they may come collectively on something.

Pointing to the gang sitting in an auditorium at Mount St. Joseph, Biden mentioned: “these individuals.”

“I do not care should you assume I am Devil reincarnated,” Biden mentioned. “The actual fact is, you may’t have a look at that tv and say nothing occurred on the sixth.”

Biden went on to say that he believes that Republicans and Democrats will discover frequent floor.

“I place confidence in the American individuals,” Biden mentioned. “I actually do to in the end get to the fitting place. And by the way in which, many occasions, Republicans are in the fitting place.”

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Voting rights vs. the filibuster

Final week, Biden mentioned the motion to limit voting rights is the “most important check of our democracy because the Civil Struggle.” On Wednesday, a member of the viewers on the city corridor requested the president that if really believed that, why did not he finish the filibuster to move by way of laws that might shield voting rights.

“I stand by what I mentioned. By no means earlier than has there been an try by state legislatures to take over the power to find out who gained,” Biden responded. “That is Jim Crow on steroids.”

Biden went on to speak about his assist for the filibuster to return to the “speaking filibuster,” a stance he has taken prior to now.

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“The abuse of the filibuster is fairly overwhelming,” Biden mentioned of the present construction.

Nonetheless, when pressed by Lemon on “why defending the filibuster is that extra vital than defending voting rights, particularly for individuals who fought and died for that.”

Biden responded saying no the filibuster is not extra vital and that he needs Congress to move the For The Folks Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act so he might signal it into regulation.

“I wish to be sure we deliver alongside, not simply all of the Democrats, we deliver alongside Republicans who I do know know higher, they know higher than this,” Biden mentioned. “What I do not wish to do is get wrapped up proper now within the argument about whether or not that is all in regards to the filibuster.”

Lemon added that former President Barack Obama, who Biden served underneath, famous that the filibuster is a “relic of Jim Crow.” Biden mentioned he agreed, however mentioned that in the event that they removed it nothing would get executed.

“There isn’t any motive to guard it,” Biden mentioned of the filibuster. “Apart from you are going to throw the whole Congress within the chaos. Nothing will get executed, nothing in any respect will get executed, and there is a lot at stake.”

Biden says possibilities of long run inflation are slim

When requested about rising inflation in the US, Biden mentioned that he is aware of of us are apprehensive however would not consider it will likely be a long run challenge in the US.

“The overwhelming majority of the consultants, together with Wall Road, are suggesting that it is extremely unlikely that it is going to be long-term inflation that is going to get out of hand,” Biden mentioned.

He added: “There can be near-term inflation as a result of every part is now making an attempt to be picked again up,” he added.

Biden additionally famous that proper now some companies, like eating places, will seemingly proceed to wrestle. He mentioned that proper now some individuals aren’t returning to their jobs as a result of they’re switching careers or may not be making sufficient to outlive on a minimal wage job.

“I believe your enterprise and the vacationer enterprise is actually going to be in a bind for just a little whereas,” Biden informed an viewers member, who’s an proprietor and co-founder of a restaurant group.

Dreamers are ‘good, good individuals’

Biden through the city corridor supplied his assist to Dreamers — individuals who would not have citizenship after being introduced with out authorization to the US as kids — moments after telling new migrants to not come to the US.

An viewers member requested in regards to the Biden Administration’s stance on immigration, noting that Vice President Kamala Harris informed migrants “don’t come” to the US throughout a speech in Guatemala final month.

“They need to not come,” Biden mentioned, noting that his administration is making an attempt to arrange a system for migrants in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala to use for asylum of their house nations. Lots of the migrants coming to the US are from these Northern Triangle nations. Nonetheless, there’s a small portion are coming from different nations in Latin America and different components of the world.

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Biden famous that extra immigrants are coming into America, saying that individuals in Afghanistan who helped American troopers will have the ability to search refuge in America as U.S. troops are being withdrawn in that nation.

“It appears to me it is the one first rate factor that we will do,” Biden mentioned.

On Dreamers, Biden mentioned “I am not letting this go.” Final week, a federal choose in Texas dominated that the Obama-era Deferred Motion for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, was created illegally.

“They arrive right here with actually no selection, and so they’re right here and so they’re good, good individuals,” Biden mentioned of dreamers. “They need to have the ability to keep in the US of America.”

Attain Rebecca Morin at Twitter @RebeccaMorin_


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