Biden: We Didn’t Hear McCarthy Mention ‘The Right to Choose,’ Medicare or Social Security

Melanie Arter | September 23, 2022 | 6:56pm EDT
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President Joe Biden speaks to supporters at the National Education Association Headquarters about the upcoming midterm elections September 23, 2022, in Washington, DC. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
President Joe Biden speaks to supporters at the National Education Association Headquarters about the upcoming midterm elections September 23, 2022, in Washington, DC. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - President Biden panned House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) Commitment to America on Friday as “a thin series of policy goals, with little or no detail” that fails to mention abortion, Medicare or Social Security.

“In the course of nearly an hour, here’s a few of the things we didn’t hear. We didn’t hear him mention the right to choose. We didn’t hear him mention Medicare. We didn’t hear him mention Social Security, and the path offered by Democrats is contrasted with the one offered by the MAGA Republicans, and by the way, not all Republicans are MAGA Republicans,” he said at an event on education hosted by the Democratic National Committee at National Education Association headquarters.

“So I want to make that clear, and for years and years, I had a reputation — I remember I got beat up in the campaign by saying that I wanted to unify the country and unify the parties. You used to be able to do that, but things have changed a whole bunch. The MAGA Republicans control the Republican Party right now, and that’s self-evident. That’s self-evident. So there’s a lot at stake here, and I’m going to talk a little bit about that right now. 

Earlier today, after opposing and obstructing everything we tried to do to stop progress for the last two years, the House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy went to Pennsylvania and unveiled what — what he calls a “Commitment to America.” That’s a — that’s a thin series of policy goals, with little or no detail, that he says Republicans are going to pursue if they regain control of the Congress. 

In the course of nearly an hour, here’s a few of the things we didn’t hear. We didn’t hear him mention the right to choose. We didn’t hear him mention Medicare. We didn’t hear him mention Social Security. 

So let’s take a look at what Kevin said today. He said Republicans want to, quote, “preserve our constitutional freedom.” That sounds great. I’m for doing that as well; we all are, but look at what they’ve actually done.

The MAGA Republicans just cheered and embraced the first Supreme Court decision in our entire history — the first one in our entire history that just didn’t fail to preserve a constitutional freedom, it actually took away a fundamental right that had been granted by the same court to so many Americans: the constitutional right to choose.  

And now nearly half the states in the United States of America have either passed a ban on abortion or will shortly, and in many states, abortion is already banned even in cases of rape and incest — a fundamental change.

Already, 166 House Republicans have signed on to a bill that would ban abortion nationwide, and the senior senator from South Carolina, Lindsey Graham, has proposed a national ban on abortion with criminal penalties put on doctors and put them in jail if they, in fact, violate the ban. 

So, in 46 days, America is going to choose: If Republicans win control of the Congress, abortion will be banned.  And, by the way, it will be initially banned, but if they win Congress, I will veto it, but think what’s happening. They’re banning in the case of — in the case of rape and incest in many states. 

No exceptions, and they’re going to be — they’re trying to criminalize it nationwide, but if you give me two more Democratic senators in the United States Senate, I promise you — I promise you we’re going to codify Roe.  We’ll once again make Roe the law of the land.  And we’ll once again protect a woman’s right to choose, and the power to get this done is in the hands of the American people, especially the women of America. 

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