On Sunday, Jen Psaki, a former press secretary for the White House, acknowledged that the Democratic Party would undoubtedly lose if it permitted the soon-to-be-held midterm elections to serve as a referendum on President Joe Biden.
Psaki, who recently switched from her post at the Biden White House to one at MSNBC, spoke on “Meet the Press” on Sunday morning. She told host Chuck Todd that if the Dems were smart, they would deliberately strive to keep the attention on extremism, especially within the Republican Party.
Todd opened the interview by bringing up a Democratic Party attack commercial against Arizona Gop candidate for governor Kari Lake that seemed to link abortion rights to crime. Todd then questioned whether Dems were making an effort to connect the two subjects too strongly.
Todd responded to the advertisement, saying, “I don’t know how this is either — extremely successful, or you’re trying to persuade the voter to take two concerns and connect them together, you’re trying way too hard, I really do not know. However, an intriguing reply.”
According to Psaki, “Look, I think that Dems will win if the race comes down to who is the more extreme, as we witnessed, you know, Kevin McCarthy touches on that with Marjorie Taylor Greene, I’ll mention her name, seated on his left side. They will lose if it’s a referendum on the president,”
Psaki continued by listing a few crucial concerns, including crime and the economy, as well as the states in which they might significantly influence voter turnout.
“For Democrats, crime is a major weakness,” said Psaki. “One of the major vulnerabilities, I’d think. And if you take a look at Pennsylvania as an example, it’s always intriguing to me to follow the money and see where people are spending it. Additionally, because they perceive John Fetterman, a Democrat, to be vulnerable on the issue of crime in Pennsylvania, the Republicans have been airing crime-related advertisements against him.”
“So, absolutely, the economy is a concern for everyone and everything,” Psaki said. “However, you do need to consider state-specific considerations. Additionally, crime is a major concern in the Pennsylvania election.”