Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet defended his party on the issue of inflation on Sunday, arguing that the US is facing a global problem, as his GOP rival sought to blame the incumbent senator for rising prices.
In interviews with CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union,” Bennet and his opponent, Republican Joe O’Dea, discussed some of the key issues in their race. Candidates who focus on consumer prices.
“This is a global problem. Canada has the same inflation that we have, the Europeans, all European countries have the same inflation that we have. So does the UK. Because India is also facing a broken global supply chain,” Bennett said.
The senator added that the benefits of the August 2022 Anti-Inflation Act cannot be counted yet because they have not all been rolled in, saying that “Elements of the Anti-Inflation Act will not be rolled in for a while. The drug price cap and requirement for seniors – we finally, finally, passed pharma – on behalf of the American people for Medicare to have the obligation to negotiate the prices of medicines”.
O’Dea, a moderate who has distanced himself from former President Donald Trump, blamed rising costs on a massive $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief package passed by Democrats last year, calling it a “reckless spending bill” and pointing to his opponent’s voting record. the package
“This inflation has been caused by the $1.9 trillion reckless spending bill that Michael Bennet put in place. He passed the deciding vote in March of last year, resulting in record inflation,” O’Dea told Bash.
The nearly $2 trillion package included $1,400 stimulus checks for many Americans, but President Joe Biden and other Democrats have previously denied that the massive Covid aid package contributed to the problem of rising prices.
“They’ve thrown over $5 trillion over the last year and a half,” O’Dea said Sunday. “In addition, the war on energy caused the price of diesel to go through the ceiling and it is still there today. We have a Fed that has been asleep at the wheel, big government in our way.’
Bash also questioned both candidates about gun safety reform, with O’Dea calling for police to enforce “existing laws” and saying Democrats in his state are ignoring existing laws on the issue.
“Democrats here in Colorado have ignored the laws on the books. As a drug dealer, you can have a gun, it should be a crime, they don’t take them off the streets. We need more police on our streets,” he said. “We have to make sure that we are complying with the laws we have. We don’t need a bunch of new laws. What we have to do is make sure that we are fulfilling what we have.’
The Republican candidate also said he believed Trump should have done more to prevent the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol and added that if Trump ran for re-election in 2024, he would support another Republican candidate.
“I think January 6 was a black eye for the country. I’ve been very vocal that (Trump) should have done more to keep the violence from going to the Capitol. Anyone who was violent or broke something in the Capitol should be held accountable,” he said.
O’Dea also said she believes in a woman’s right to choose to keep or terminate a pregnancy. He believes that women should have the right to terminate their pregnancy in the first five months of pregnancy.
“I think in the first five months that decision should be between a woman and her doctor. After that, rape, incest, the life of the mother, due to medical necessity, I think that decision should also be between the woman and her doctor,” he said.
Although O’Dea has been introduced as a moderator, Bennet weighed in at the end of his interview, saying that he is very conservative and would support Trump’s Supreme Court nominees if he were in office.
“Well, I think he’s painting himself that way. I mean, it’s unbelievable. He said he would vote for Donald Trump’s three Supreme Court nominees, Roe v. Despite knowing that Wade was overruled. As you just heard, it’s against the Colorado law that codifies a woman’s right to choose,” Bennett said. “It says that Donald Trump, although he probably knows better, is not responsible for what happened on January 6.”
Inside Elections has called the Colorado Senate race likely Democratic.