Kevin McCarthy: Biden’s First 100 Days Have Been “Bait and Switch”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy criticized President Biden’s first 100 days in office over lack of bipartisanship, accusing the president of pulling a “bait and switch” in his approach to governance.
“If I look at the 100 days, it’s more of like bait and switch. The bait was he was going to govern as bipartisan, but the switch is he’s governed as a socialist,” McCarthy said during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”
“I have not met with the president one time, nor had one conversation,” he said.
McCarthy told host Chris Wallace that Republicans are more than willing to collaborate with Democrats on improving the country’s infrastructure.
“Republicans would be the first ones who would work with him [on infrastructure], but the first thing we would need to do is define what [that] is,” he said. “Roads, bridges, airports, Broadcom? We would get this done. He’s trying to pick a number instead of foreseeing what do we need to make America competitive.”
Since taking office President Biden has enacted or called for policies that Republicans have labeled as “radical.” In one of his first acts as President, Biden canceled the Keystone XL Pipeline killing thousands of energy sector jobs. Biden rescinded the “Mexico City policy” which blocked U.S. federal funding for foreign non-government organizations that provide abortion services.
President Biden recently earned the praise of Democratic socialist, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for adopting a much more liberal agenda than those in the progressive wing of his party expected.
Ocasio-Cortez said during a virtual town hall on Friday that the Democratic president has already “exceeded expectations that progressives had.”
“You know, I’ll be frank. I think a lot of us expected a much more conservative administration,” she said. Biden’s “active invitation and willingness and collaboration with progressives in his first 100 days, or almost 100 days, has been very impressive,” she added.