MI Democrat says party needs ‘a new generation’ of leaders, admits left ‘can’t dance away from’ inflation

With the all-important midterm elections just 28 days away, cracks in the Democrat Party are widening into full-blown chasms, as more Democrats, such as Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin, voice their displeasure with the current leadership and the reality of issues, such as inflation, that are affecting all Americans, including those most likely to vote blue.

(Video: NBC News)

Speaking on “Meet the Press,” Slotkin, a former CIA analyst, criticized her party’s dismissal of inflation while voters struggle with the soaring cost of just about everything.

“We don’t win any points by trying to pretend it’s not there,” Slotkin told NBC’s Kristen Welker. “It’s there.”

Should President Joe Biden decide to run in 2024, Slotkin says she will vote for him, but she wasn’t shy about her desire for “new blood” in the Democrat Party.

“He’s the sitting president,” she said of Biden. “If he decides to run again, I’m going to support him, the party’s going to support him.”

“But I have been very vocal, including with my own leadership in the House, that we need a new generation, we need new blood, period, across the Democratic Party,” she continued, adding that her belief extends to “the House, the Senate, and the White House.”

“I’m one of just a handful of members of Congress who hasn’t voted for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker, and I’ve said, ‘I think we need new leaders,'” she stated. “I would love to see some Midwestern leaders in there, right? That’s been important to me, to reflect the middle of the country. We’re here too. But I do think new blood is a good thing.”

It’s a refreshing hint of honesty from a Democrat after years of party members who parrot progressive talking points even as the nation crumbles under the policies they insist on pushing.

While the majority of Democrats seem more concerned with pronouns, Democratic voters have repeatedly stated in polls that the economy, crime, and the flood of migrants coming from the southern border are the issues they care most about.

As American Wire reported back in June, an online I&I/TIPP Poll found that 53% of Democrats blamed Biden’s policies for inflation — not Russian President Vladimir Putin, as the White House would want Americans to believe.

“I think we can’t dance away from the fact that inflation is a real issue that’s affecting every single person in this country,” Slotkin said. “I don’t know one family that isn’t making different decisions because of how bad inflation is.”

Indeed, the polls again bear this out.

And it isn’t just inflation that is causing Americans’ wallets to shrink.

In a poll released earlier this month, TIPP/Insight found that, across the political spectrum, rising energy prices have forced the majority of Americans “to reduce spending.”

Asked “Have spikes in energy prices forced you to reduce spending on other things?” the poll revealed that, “75% of Republicans, 64% of Democrats, and 62% of independents” all responded “in the affirmative.”

While Slotkin claimed some Republicans, including her opponent, Republican Army veteran Tom Barrett, exude a “gleefulness” about “how bad inflation is,” she conceded that Democrats do bear some of the responsibility.

“While I think inflation is obviously a worldwide phenomenon, I’m open to the fact that we have to make decisions here in the United States,” she said. “Democrats are in power, we’re in the White House, in the House, in the Senate, even if it’s slim margins.”

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