Failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is “thrilled” President Joe Biden is pushing his agenda “as far as possible” amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying a working majority of Americans “suddenly” realized they “need the government.”
COVID-19 brought on a “new age” of government assistance, Clinton noted in response to a comment from her husband, former President Bill Clinton, who said in the 1990s that a smaller executive infrastructure was preferable to a larger one.
Her husband’s administration saw “positive economic growth” from government policy, and that sentiment was built upon during the Obama era with the expansion of healthcare, she said.
“In the Obama administration, the biggest expansion of healthcare that could happen … but it wasn’t until the pandemic that I think a truly working majority of Americans, crossing party lines, as we’ve seen because of the approval that Republicans and independent voters are giving Biden, suddenly understood, in a clear way, that ‘You know what? There’s lots of times when we need the government,'” Clinton told CNN‘s Fareed Zakaria.
“We’ve been exposed as lacking in the kind of investments and support that we as Americans should be providing each other with the government as our partner,” she said. “I’m thrilled that President Biden is taking advantage of this moment to try to push the agenda as far as possible.”
Biden, on March 11, passed his $1.9 trillion dollar American Rescue Plan, which was met with ire from Republicans who insisted the legislation was wasteful. The president has his sights set on a $2.25 trillion jobs and infrastructure bill, which the GOP is also resisting. Biden has dubbed it the American Families Plan.
When the former presidential candidate was asked if she feels the massive spending will lead to adverse effects such as inflation, she said she’s “not worried yet.”
“I’m not worried yet, and really, for a couple of reasons,” she said. “We have seen signs of very robust economic growth. California, for example, given the existing tax structure, has seen a huge infusion of tax revenue because of stock market gains and then the capital gains that came with those. I think the same is beginning to happen elsewhere in the country.”
Biden is attempting to “right-size the government to meet the challenges of today” in the wake of Obama-era economic hardships and pandemic issues, Clinton added.
Biden pushed his infrastructure package during his first congressional address Wednesday. Republicans, many of whom have not bought his pitch, in February, countered with a $600 billion proposal.