Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during a Republican response to President Biden’s State of the Union address in Little Rock, Arkansas, US (Image: Reuters)
While Biden aimed to woo the Republican Party on national TV on the issues of spending cuts and raising the debt ceiling, Republicans chose to attack the president on the culture wars.
During his State of the Union speech, US President Joe Biden remained critical of some Republican moves related to the US debt ceiling, gun laws, abortion, immigration and China.
While Republicans mocked and jeered Biden, experts who spoke to US-based news agencies said Republicans actually took the bait and were committed to Medicare and Social Security.
Joe Biden said in his speech that a section of Republicans wanted to phase out Social Security and Medicare for All. After a modest victory in the midterm elections and reelection to the US House of Representatives, some Republicans considered cutting benefits for some retirees and raising the retirement age for both Social Security and Medicare.
These were part of the spending cuts Republicans wanted the Biden administration to agree to as part of future budget negotiations and also the recent debate about raising the debt ceiling.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders: “We are under attack in a leftist culture war we didn’t start, and we never wanted to fight. Every day we are told we must participate in their rituals, salute their flags and worship their false idols…that’s not normal. It’s insane, and it’s wrong.”🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/p571fv9cJ1
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“Some of my Republican friends want to hold the economy hostage until I agree with their economic plans. Instead of paying the rich their fair share, some Republicans want Medicare and Social Security to expire every five years,” Biden said, inviting derision and heckles from Republican lawmakers.
“Republicans say that if we don’t cut Social Security and Medicare, they will let America default on its debt for the first time in our history. I will not let that happen,” he said.
Biden said any move to raise the cost of prescription drugs and pass a national abortion ban would be vetoed.
“Make no mistake; if Congress passes a national abortion ban, I will veto it,” Biden said. “Make no mistake, if you want to do anything to raise the cost of prescription drugs,” the president said. I will veto it,” once again using the phrase ‘make no mistake’ to warn Republicans who control the US House.
Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene denounced Biden and called him a “liar,” but many say Republican responses indicate they will not touch on these issues during the debate on raising the debt ceiling.
Biden didn’t pay much attention to China (or spy balloons that recently entered US airspace), and Republicans latched onto it.
In response to the SOTU speech, Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Biden has weakened the country. He said that the US President is not fit to be the Commander-in-Chief of the country and his weakness has put America and the world at risk.
Sanders said in the Republican response to SOTU, “At 40, I am the youngest governor in the country, and at 80, he is the oldest president in American history.”
Sanders also waded into the culture war that has gripped America and said Democrats have failed to define ‘what is a woman?’
“When you cut through the consequences of their failures, the Biden administration seems more interested in woke fantasies than the hard realities facing Americans every day,” Sanders said.
“The dividing line in America is no longer right or left. The choice is between sane or insane,” Sanders continued. She said she banned the use of the gender-neutral term Latinx.
When Biden said he was prioritizing ‘Make in America, Buy in America’, Republicans also accused Biden and Democrats of outsourcing American jobs to other countries.
“Biden and the Democrats have failed you … and it’s time for change,” Sanders said.
US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said, “Republicans offer a vision for a future built on freedom, not cowardice.”
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