Senate Republicans debuted a blistering video Friday hammering President Biden for “putting America on the wrong track” during his first two years in office.
The two-and-a-half minute ad, titled “The First Two Years” and narrated by Sen. John Barrasso, (R-Wyo.), premiered on YouTube fewer than six weeks before the midterm elections in which the GOP is vying for control of both the House and Senate.
“We’re two years into the Biden presidency. America is on the wrong track,” Barasso declares at the start of the video, before listing some of the commander-in-chief’s greatest blunders, including blocking the Keystone XL Pipeline and going on a “massive spending spree.”
The ad also strings together dozens of clips of Biden’s critics and pundits picking apart his policy decisions on cable news shows over the past two years.
The overarching message is that Biden’s economic initiatives have caused inflation to skyrocket, while his lax border enforcement has resulted in record numbers of migrants pouring into the US and “bringing deadly drugs into communities.”
The Senate Republican Conference’s highly critical ad also mentions US forces’ “disastrous and deadly” withdrawal from Afghanistan in August of 2021, arguing the botched pullout emboldened Russia’s Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine, and gave China’s Xi Jinping the license to threaten Taiwan.
Turning back to domestic affairs, Barrasso narrates that despite the US entering a recession this year, “Democrats passed even more reckless spending, and inflation got worse.”
The third act of the withering ad makes hay of high gas prices, inflation, recession and surging crime in American cities like New York and Chicago.
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“That is the Biden legacy in just two years,” the Wyoming senator gravely notes, before encouraging viewers to vote for Republican candidates come November.
“A new Senate Republican majority is prepared to lead in a different direction,” Barasso narrates over a montage featuring Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and GOP stalwart Mitt Romney.