BY JACK CROWE
November 08, 2021
Nearly two-third of Americans don’t want President Biden to run for a second term in 2024, according to a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll.
The poll, which was conducted Wednesday through Friday last week, showed 64 percent of respondents do not want Biden to run again, including 28 percent of Democrats. Thirty-nine percent of respondents who voted for Biden last year said they hope he doesn’t run for another term, while 50 percent hope he will run.
Meanwhile, Biden’s approval rating continues to fall: just 38 percent of Americans approve of the job the president has done, while 59 percent disapprove and 3 percent are undecided, the survey found.
Former President Trump on Sunday said Republican lawmakers who voted in favor of the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill are “RINOs,” or “Republicans in name only” and took a shot at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“Very sad that the RINOs in the House and Senate gave Biden and Democrats a victory on the ‘Non-Infrastructure’ Bill,” Trump said in a statement. “Where only 11% of the money being wasted goes to real infrastructure.”
“How about all of those Republican Senators that voted thinking that helping the Democrats is such a wonderful thing to do, so politically correct. They just don’t get it!” he added.
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said the Biden administration would defend its coronavirus vaccine mandate for employers with at least 100 workers, in an interview on ABC’s This Week on Sunday.
“The president and the administration wouldn’t have put these requirements in place if they didn’t think that they were appropriate and necessary, and the administration is certainly prepared to defend them,” Murthy told host Martha Raddatz.
Senator Mark Warner (D., Va.) claimed on Sunday that former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe could have defeated Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin if Congress had passed the Biden administration’s infrastructure bill sooner.
“What a difference a week makes,” Warner told host Dana Bash on CNN’s State of the Union. “I think if we could have been talking about that win, and showing the kind of job creation that actually has been taking place, things might have been different.”
Bash asked, “Different in that you think Terry McAuliffe could have pulled off a win?”
Warner responded, “Absolutely. Absolutely. The voters in Virginia and the voters of America gave us the presidency, the Senate and the House. They expected us to produce.”
Spain’s health minister signed an order on Friday making free fertility treatment available to single women, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people.
State-funded fertility treatment had previously only been available to heterosexual women who had trouble conceiving children, the Associated Press reported. The change is likely to benefit roughly 8,500 people.
Health Minister Carolina Darias on Friday called the order a “restitution” of rights for single, lesbian and bisexual women, as well as transgender people after the conservative People’s Party restricted state-funded fertility care to straight women with partners in 2014.
President Biden had a tense exchange with a reporter on Saturday who pressed the president over his previous comments disputing a Wall Street Journal report that the administration is considering issuing $450,000 payments to illegal immigrants who were separated from their families at the southern border under the Trump administration.
“You said last week that this report about migrant families at the border getting payments was garbage,” the reporter said, before Biden interrupted him to say, “No, I didn’t say that.”
“Let’s get it straight,” the president said. “You said everybody coming across the border gets 450,000 dollars.”
The reporter then clarified, “So the number is what you had the problem with?”
Biden responded that it was the number he took issue with.
“If in fact, because of the outrageous behavior of the last administration, you coming across the border — whether it was legal or illegal — and you lost your child,” Biden said, raising his voice and pointing his finger. “You lost your child, he’s gone, you deserve some kind of compensation no matter what the circumstances.”
He said he has “no idea” what the final settlement figure will be.
Republican National Committee (RNC) chair Ronna McDaniel said Friday that the GOP wins in this week’s elections in Virginia showed that the party’s get-out-the-vote efforts have been successful.
She also said that the committee plans to scale up its efforts ahead of the 2022 midterms, when Republicans hope to take back the House and Senate.
“Virginia was a great test run for next year and it was successful,” McDaniel told Fox News during an interview at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting.
“We had 120 staff on the ground,” she said. “We had 13 offices and we were really, really, effective at finding unexpected votes. We found 100,000 unexpected voters, which was a key factor in winning.”
The House passed the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill on Friday night following months of negotiations, sending the legislation to the White House for President Biden’s signature.
Lawmakers voted 228-206 to pass the legislation, and representatives broke into cheers at the end of the vote. While six Democrats voted against the bill, 13 Republicans voted in favor, giving the bill the necessary backing to pass.
Earlier on Friday, Democratic leadership scheduled a “rule” vote to set parameters for debate on the Biden administration’s $1.75 trillion reconciliation spending bill, before moving to vote on the infrastructure plan.