Kevin McCarthy Addresses Why Republicans Heckled President Biden


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House Speaker and Republican California Rep. Kevin McCarthy did not want his caucus heckling President Joe Biden during the State of the Union address and Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy wanted to know why.

“It looked like Joe Biden was standing up to the Republicans,” the reporter said. “It looked like you were trying to shush your side of the aisle.”

“What happened?” he said.

“Well, the president was trying to goad the members, and the members are passionate about it,” the Speaker said. “The one thing the president was saying is something he knew was not true. I just spent an hour with him, I’ve said it many times before: social security and Medicare are off the table.


“He tries to use that for a political ploy. But the one thing we need to be is we need to be smart. He’s trying to play politics with the debt ceiling by not negotiating, by lying about our position,” he said.

“We need to be smart, don’t take the bait, stay with the American public about what we want to do,” he said.


According to an AP-NORC poll, Biden only has support from 37 percent of Democrats for a second term. Prior to the midterms in November 2022, the same poll found that 52 percent wanted Biden to run again in 2024. A sizeable chunk of Democrat voters do not want him to seek a second term in office.

“While Biden has trumpeted his legislative victories and ability to govern, the poll suggests relatively few U.S. adults give him high marks on either. Follow-up interviews with poll respondents suggest that many believe the 80-year-old’s age is a liability, with people focused on his coughing, his gait, his gaffes, and the possibility that the world’s most stressful job would be better suited for someone younger,” the Associated Press reported.

“I, honestly, think that he would be too old,” said Sarah Overman, a Democrat in Raleigh, North Carolina. “We could use someone younger in the office.”


A lawyer in Michigan, who the AP referred to as “Truckey,” said he did not vote for Biden or Donald Trump in 2020 but said Biden has been a “subpar” president.

“His age and possibly his mental acuity is not where I would want the leader of the country to be,” Truckey said. “He, at times, appears to be an old man who is past his prime. Sometimes I feel a little bit of pity for the guy being pushed out in front of crowds.”

John Rodriguez, who supports Trump, told the AP he thinks Biden is merely doing the bidding of his aides. That creates a challenge for a president who promised to unite the country.

“I believe he’s not the one who’s calling the shots,” said Rodriguez, who lives in Cutler Bay, Florida. “He’s a puppet being told where to go, what to say.”


The AP report added:

Overall, 41% approve of how Biden is handling his job as president, the poll shows, similar to ratings at the end of last year. A majority of Democrats still approve of the job Biden is doing as president, yet their appetite for a reelection campaign has slipped despite his electoral track record. Only 22% of U.S. adults overall say he should run again, down from 29% who said so before last year’s midterm elections.


The decline among Democrats saying Biden should run again for president appears concentrated among younger people. Among Democrats age 45 and over, 49% say Biden should run for reelection, nearly as many as the 58% who said that in October. But among those under age 45, 23% now say he should run for re-election after 45% said that before the midterms.

During an event over the weekend in front of Democratic officials and activists, Biden hinted to the crowd that a 2024 re-election announcement would likely come in the near future.

“We’re just getting started. I intend to get… more done,” Biden told the crowd in Philadelphia. “As of this month, we’ve created 12 million new jobs. We’ve created more new jobs in two years than any president did in their entire term.”


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