One of former President Bill Clinton’s top pollsters and political advisers has admitted he doesn’t understand President Joe Biden’s political strategy ahead of crucial midterms as Democrats will attempt to hold onto their thin majorities in the House and Senate.
Mark Penn slammed Biden during a Wednesday appearance on Fox News, saying that the president is ignoring gas prices, which he said is “an important factor in politics.”
His remarks come after Biden announced he would release another 14 million barrels from the country’s strategic reserves, which Republicans immediately denounced as dangerous and politically motivated. Currently, the average cost of a gallon of gas is $3.85, according to AAA, up from $3.34 a year ago. When Biden took office, the average price was $2.37 a gallon and had been edging upward in the weeks before he was inaugurated, likely due to his campaign rhetoric of wanting to shut down the fossil fuel industry.
“Even small amounts in a supply and demand market can have a significant impact on price. We’ll see what happens to the price, the projection is it was going to go up,” Penn said, in an interview with Townhall columnist Katie Pavlich. “I think Katie is right in the sense these things were meant to be in conditions of war or things like [Hurricane] Katrina and I don’t think we’re going to run out of oil any day, but look, the voters aren’t stupid.
“It is just before the election,” Penn continued. “It is per day, every day, before the election; they understand this is a part of a series of election-timed moves that the administration is using to put the best face on it.”
Pavlich also railed at Biden, calling the release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve a “scandal” while also accusing him of using the reserve “for political purposes.”
“When I worked with President Clinton, we had a $2 a gallon trip wire. If it got above $2, we would do everything within our power to bring it down,” Penn explained. “I don’t know where the trip wire is in this administration, but it is an important factor in politics, an important factor in this particular election.”
Earlier, Biden claimed his decision had nothing to do with politics.
“It’s not politically motivated at all,” he told a reporter, incredibly.