White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Tuesday that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden "lost" the crucial battlefield state of Pennsylvania because of his comments on the oil and fracking industry.
McEnany Torches Joe Biden
"Oh, no doubt about it, that moment in the debate was Joe Biden's death knell," McEnany said as he appeared on America's Newsroom.
"He looked at the cameras, looked the American public and the Pennsylvania voters in the eye, and said," I'm going to ruin your economy for generations. "That's what he said when he swore to ban oil when he swore to ban fracking," McEnany said.
She went on to say that in the United States, 25% of fracking occurs in Pennsylvania, which is why she firmly believes that Biden "lost" that state "at that moment."
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"I was just looking at the numbers and if you were in Pennsylvania and just sitting there, his vow to end fracking, which does 25% of fracking in Pennsylvania, would cost 609,000 jobs and increase the cost of living by $ 5,000 each" , added her.
"That's exactly what Joe Biden would do in this country, and that's just about fracking. In that moment, he lost Pennsylvania," said McEnany.
Biden's comments during the debate
Biden found himself in hot water in the latest debate when he said the oil industry is "severely polluted" and "needs to be replaced with renewable energy over time," according to Fox News.
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President Donald Trump has since called on voters in Pennsylvania and other states that will be affected to remember what Biden said when it came to the vote.
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Biden later tried to withdraw, saying he hadn't called for "getting rid of fossil fuels for a long time". Given how close he is to Trump in Pennsylvania, it may be too late to clarify at this point.
While Biden has a five point lead (50-45 percent) in Pennsylvania, that is not out of error. Trump won this state in the 2016 elections by less than one percentage point.
This piece was written by James Samson on October 27th, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used with permission.
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