AP: Biden, McCarthy in different worlds on debt standoff

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President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy are addressing different groups of people with opposite approaches as the nation faces a looming crisis over the national debt.

While the Republican leader took to Wall Street to set forth his terms for raising the country’s borrowing limit, the Democratic president has planned to speak out against Republicans for “holding hostage” the nation’s ability to pay its debts at a union hall in Maryland on Wednesday.

According to excerpts of his speech, Biden planned to criticize McCarthy’s MAGA economic vision as “the same old trickle-down dressed up in MAGA clothing. Only worse,” as reported by the Associated Press.

Both leaders need to work together to secure the US economy, but they are banking on opposing strategies to appeal to their respective audiences.

Despite the lack of active negotiations between the two parties so far, they have engaged each other only to provide ammunition for attacks.

McCarthy has criticized Biden, accusing him of “bumbling” into a default by refusing to meet with him.

In response, Biden has accused McCarthy of being the first speaker to default on the national debt by threatening to do so unless he receives what he wants in the budget, the AP reported.

A failure to reach an agreement between Congress and Biden regarding the debt limit in the coming weeks may result in the government’s inability to pay its bills, potentially leading to a disastrous impact on the economy.

Written by staff