Hot mic catches Ron Klain delivering some truth about the Biden economy

Former White House chief of staff Ron Klain was caught on leaked audio telling the truth about the current administration.

Klain appeared to come after his former boss, President Joe Biden, in the hot mic moment reported by Politico in which he dropped a truth bomb about the economy and “too much talking about bridges.”

“I think the president is out there too much talking about bridges,” Klain reportedly said, according to the audio obtained by Politico.

“He does two or three events a week where he’s cutting a ribbon on a bridge. And here’s a bridge,” Klain said. “Like I tell you, if you go into the grocery store, you go to the grocery store and, you know, eggs and milk are expensive, the fact that there’s a f–king bridge is not [inaudible].”

Over on CNN, there was some thought that Klain is likely “kicking himself” over the leaked audio.

“He’s not a congressman. He’s not running for Congress,” Klain had said at the event hosted by the publication, “Democracy: A Journal of Ideas.”

“I think it’s kind of a fool’s errand. I think that [it] also doesn’t get covered that much because, look, it’s a f—ing bridge. Like it’s a bridge, and how interesting is the bridge? It’s a little interesting but it’s not a lot interesting,” added the former Biden adviser who left the administration in February 2023.

Politico reported:

In a follow up interview, Klain noted that elsewhere in Tuesday evening’s event, he expressed pride over Biden’s accomplishments. But he also did not back down from the main thrust of his critique, noting that it was incumbent on Biden and his campaign to turn the election into a debate about the future and not a referendum on what they’ve done.

 

“The president’s most effective economic message is contrast around whose side are you on, and compassion for the [pinch] of family budgets, and his agenda to bring down costs and raise incomes — and that lauding achievements — especially ones with abstract benefits — is less persuasive with voters,” Klain reportedly said.

Klain also weighed in on “high” prices during an interview on MSNBC’s “All In.”

“Although inflation has moderated, prices are still high, the price of gasoline is still high, other prices are still high, and people feel that pinch,” he said. “And though wages have gone up, and the statistics say wages have gone up faster than prices, people still feel pinched in their pocketbooks. And so, I think the president needs to make more progress on that.”

“Although inflation has moderated, prices are still high, the price of gasoline is still high, other prices are still high, and people feel that pinch,” Klain said on MSNBC recently. “And though wages have gone up, and the statistics say wages have gone up faster than prices, people still feel pinched in their pocketbooks. And so, I think the president needs to make more progress on that.”

His remarks about the Biden economy drew a response from White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates.

“Like Ron says, President Biden is crisscrossing the country building on his State of the Union message, highlighting that he is fighting to grow the middle class and lower costs like prescription drugs while blocking the trickle-down agenda Republican officials have proposed on behalf of rich special interests, including Medicare cuts and tax giveaways to big corporations,” Bates told Politico.

Frieda Powers

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