Moran Pours Cold Water on Dem Midterm Hopes: ‘They Don’t Want Biden Around’

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Every once in a while the media will accidentally tell the truth about the Democrats, and Sunday’s This Week on ABC was the most recent example. During the “PowerHouse Roundtable” discussion on the upcoming 2022 midterm elections, co-moderator Martha Raddatz turned to ABC’s senior national correspondent Terry Moran and asked if Democrats still feel optimistic about their chances to hold onto congress. Moran’s answer was not what ABC’s leftist viewers were hoping for. 

“Terry, 30 days to the midterms, less than a month to go. The Democrats were feeling pretty hopeful about their chances. Do you still get that sense?” Raddatz asked Moran. 

“Nope, I think the air went out of that balloon,” Moran replied with shocking candor for an ABC reporter. “The economy is so tough for so many people, food prices, rent, spiking, if they’ve got retirement funds, those are evaporating,” he added.  

Democrats have been hanging their hopes that the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade would help them ride the wave of angry purple-haired feminists to victory. Much to their disappointment, Moran shot that idea down:

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Even the issue of abortion, which did drive several special elections in that remarkable referendum result in Kansas, while there are millions for whom that will be the number one issue, I just think the economic headwinds are so tough. 

Moran even had harsh words for Biden and his abysmal approval ratings: “Biden is–he just—doesn’t have the oomph as a candidate anymore,” he said before adding that Democrats “don’t really want him around and he can’t really make his case.” 

He finished by noting that the polls aren’t accounting for Republicans who won’t answer questions when called by pollsters: “so you look at those polls, it’s close. If it’s close it’s a Republican win.” 

To read the relevant transcript click “expand”: 

ABC’s This Week
10/9/2022
9:29:32 a.m. Eastern

MARTHA RADDATZ: Terry, 30 days to the midterms, less than a month to go. The Democrats were feeling pretty hopeful about their chances. Do you still get that sense? 

TERRY MORAN: Nope, I think the air went out of that balloon. In part because, look, the economy is so tough for so many people, food prices, rent, spiking, if they’ve got retirement funds, those are evaporating and even the issue of abortion, which did drive several special elections in that remarkable referendum result in Kansas, while there are millions for whom that will be the number one issue, I just think the economic headwinds are so tough and Biden is–he just—doesn’t have the oomph as a candidate anymore. 

People don’t really want him around and he can’t really make his case that I don’t think the Democrats are in any better place and I would also say, in this country and in other countries polls are broken, right? It is clear that lots of people on the right just don’t answer anymore. They were worse in 2020 than they were in 2016 and so you look at those polls, it’s close. If it’s close it’s a Republican win. 

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