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 March 22, 2024

Biden offers rides on Air Force One for cheap prescription drugs in Iraq

President Joe Biden expanded the list of destinations for potential Air Force One trips aimed at securing cheaper prescription drugs, now including Baghdad, Iraq.

On Wednesday, Biden addressed dignitaries, workers, and supporters in Chandler, Arizona, following a tour of Intel's Ocotillo Campus, which has benefited from the recent passage of the CHIPS and Science Act.

The comments

Tuesday and Wednesday, the president visited two critical swing states, Nevada and Arizona, announcing $8.5 billion in direct funding to Intel at the Chandler campus, thanks to the CHIPS Act.

During his speech highlighting his administration's job creation efforts, Biden reiterated familiar points, including one he recently made in error, referencing a plan to fly Americans to Moscow for affordable prescription drugs during the State of the Union address earlier this month.

"Whatever prescription you have from any American drug manufacturer, hop on Air Force One, and they'll fly you to any major city in the world—from Toronto to Berlin to Baghdad," Biden stated.

"Anywhere around the world, I'll get off the plane, you bring that prescription to that country, and you'll be able to buy it for 40 to 60 percent less," he added.

The latest campaign blunder

Currently on a three-day trip through three states, Biden's itinerary includes both official duties and campaign stops, coinciding with his and former President Donald Trump's official presumptive nominations last week.

During his visit to Chandler, Biden made reference to Trump, identifying him as "my predecessor." "Unlike my predecessor, I was determined to turn things around to invest in America—all-American, all Americans," Biden asserted. "And that's what we've been doing."

He further critiqued Trump's policies, stating, "My predecessor would let the future rebuild in China and other countries, not America, because it may be cheaper."

Biden's concerning poll numbers

Regarding the Intel funding, Biden emphasized its impact on workers across four states—Arizona, Ohio, New Mexico, and Oregon—highlighting the importance of Arizona's role in the 2024 presidential election.

An Emerson College poll released Wednesday showed Biden trailing Trump in Arizona, with Trump leading 52 percent to Biden's 48 percent among likely voters.

During this week's tour, Biden aims to solidify support among Latino voters, a demographic targeted by Trump and Republicans.

In an interview with Univision Radio on Monday, Biden criticized Trump's record on immigration, citing policies such as child separations at the border and disparaging remarks against migrants in an effort to strengthen support among Latino voters.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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