How desperate is Gov. Kathy Hochul in her race against House Republican Lee Zeldin that she needed President Joe Biden to travel to upstate on Thursday in a last-minute bid to stump for her?
Biden in a speech outside Syracuse praised Hochul and other upstate Democrats while spewing wrong economic data to bolster his poor handling of the economy.
“Even though my Republican friends in Congress seem to be hoping for a recession — many of them, present company excluded — today the GDP results came out and the economy in fact is growing,” Biden said in his remarks at Onondaga Community College.
“In fact, the economy grew at a 2.6% rate last quarter, and although it may not feel like it for everyone, people’s incomes went up last quarter more than inflation went up,” he added. However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that real average hourly earnings decreased 2.5% between September 2021 and September 2022.
Biden also misled his audience when it came to prices at the pump, saying: “The most common price of gas in America is $3.39, down from over $5 when I took office.” The price of gas actually was about $2.39 when he took office before soaring to all-time highs of more than $5 in June.
The president, who turns 80 next month, also incorrectly introduced Sen. “Kristen” Gillibrand (D-NY), whose first name actually is Kirsten.
According to RealClearPolitics, the average of recent polls shows Hochul beating Zeldin by just 6.1%, despite Biden carrying the Empire State by more than 23 percentage points two years ago.