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Press Conference: Joe Biden Holds a Solo Press Conference at The White House - January 19, 2022

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Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:00:00-00:00:31 (31 sec)
Hello, folks. Thanks for being here. Well, good afternoon, everyone. Tomorrow will mark one year since I took office. It's been a year of challenges, but it's also been a year of enormous progress. We went from 2 million people being vaccinated, at the moment I was sworn in, to 210 million Americans being fully vaccinated today. 1

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:00:31-00:00:52 (22 sec)
We've created 6 million new jobs, more jobs in one year than any time before. Unemployment dropped -- the unemployment rate dropped to 3.9 percent. Child poverty dropped by nearly 40 percent, the biggest drop ever in American history. New business applications grew by 30 percent, the biggest increase ever. 2

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:00:52-00:01:15 (23 sec)
And for the first time in a long time, this country's working people actually got a raise, actually got a raise -- people -- the bottom 40 percent saw their income go up the most of all the categories. We cut health insurance premiums for millions of American families, and we just made surprise medical bills illegal in this country. 3

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:01:15-00:01:38 (23 sec)
You know those bills you get that you don't expect that were $2,000 to $5,000 from the hospital beyond what you thought you were going to have to owe because at the consultation, you weren't told it was going to cost that much? No more. They're now illegal. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan and other actions we've taken, we've seen record job creation, record economic growth in the past year. 4

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:01:38-00:02:11 (33 sec)
Now, thanks to the bipartisan infrastructure bill, we're about to make a record investment in rebuilding America to take us to be the No. 1 best infrastructure in the world. Well, now, we're way below that. We'll be creating better jobs for millions of people, modernizing our roads, our bridges, our highways, our ports, our airports, everything from making clean water, lead -- removing lead pipes so that every American turn on -- every American can turn on a faucet and drink clean water in urban and rural, and suburban communities. 5

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:02:11-00:02:41 (29 sec)
It's going to make affordable high-speed internet available to every American in urban, rural, and suburban areas. We've never done that before. Now, we are. We are in the process of getting that done. Still, for all this progress, I know there's a lot of frustration and fatigue in this country. And we know why, COVID-19. Omicron has -- has now been challenging us in a way that -- it's the new enemy. 6

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:02:41-00:03:07 (26 sec)
But while it's cause of -- for concern, it's not cause for panic. We've been doing everything we can, learning and adapting as fast as we can, and preparing for a future beyond the pandemic. All I know that -- after almost two years of physical, emotional, and psychological weight of this pandemic and has -- the impact it's had on everyone, for many of us, it's been too much to bear. 7

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:03:07-00:03:34 (27 sec)
We're in a very different place now, though. We have the tools, vaccines, boosters, masks, tests, pills, to save lives and keep businesses and schools open. Seventy-five percent of adults are fully vaccinated. We've gone from 90 million adults with no shots in arms last summer and down to 35 million with no shots as of today. 8

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:03:34-00:04:04 (30 sec)
And we're adding about 9 million more vaccinations each week. We're going to stick with our vaccination efforts because vaccinations work. So, get vaccinated, please. And get your booster. Look, we're also increasing testing. Should we have done more testing earlier? Yes. But we're doing more now. We've gone from zero at-home tests a year ago to 375 million tests on the market in just this month. 9

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:04:04-00:04:44 (39 sec)
If you buy a test at a store, your insurance will reimburse you On top of that, we're making 1 billion, 1 billion at-home tests available for you to order and be delivered to your home for free, just visit covidtest.gov to know how to get that free test kit to your home. In addition, there are 20,000 sites where you can get tested in person for free now, and now we have more treatments that people can -- that for people keep out of the hospital than any other point in the pandemic, including lifesaving antiviral pills. 10

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:04:44-00:05:05 (22 sec)
We purchased 20 million of these new Pfizer pills more than any country in the world. And bottom line on COVID-19 is that we're in a better place than we've been and have been thus far, clearly better than a year ago. We're not going to back -- we're -- we're not going back to lockdowns. We're not going back to closing schools. 11

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:05:05-00:05:33 (28 sec)
Schools should stay open because the American Rescue Plan we provided to states $130 billion, $130 billion to keep our students and educators, safe and schools open. Funding for ventilation systems in schools, social distancing, hygiene for classrooms and school busses. In addition, we've added another $10 billion for COVID-19 tests to be able to be administered at schools. 12

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:05:33-00:05:59 (26 sec)
In many states and school districts have spent this money very well, unfortunately, some haven't. I encourage the states and school districts that use the funding to protect our children and keep our schools open, use it. The COVID-19 is not going to give up and accept things, you know, it's just -- it's not going to go away immediately, but I'm not going to give up and accept things as they are now. 13

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:05:59-00:06:26 (26 sec)
Some people may call what's happening now, the new normal, I call it, a job not yet finished, it will get better. We're moving toward a time when COVID-19 won't disrupt our daily lives, where COVID-19 won't be a crisis, but something to protect against and a threat. Look, we're not there yet, but we will get there. 14

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:06:26-00:06:58 (32 sec)
Now the second challenge we're facing are prices COVID-19 has created a lot of economic complications, including rapid price increases across the world economy. People see it at the gas pumps, the grocery stores and elsewhere. So, here's what we're going to do, a critical job in making sure that the elevated prices don't become entrenched rests with the Federal Reserve, which has a dual mandate, full employment and stable prices. 15

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:06:58-00:07:18 (20 sec)
The Federal Reserve provided extraordinary support during the crisis for the previous year and a half. Given the strength of our economy and the pace of recent price increases, it's appropriate as the Federal Chairman, Chairman Powell, the Fed Chairman Powell has indicated to recalibrate the support that is now necessary. 16

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:07:18-00:07:41 (23 sec)
I respect the Feds -- the Feds independence and I've nominated five superb individuals to serve on the Federal Board of Governors, men and women from a variety of ideological perspectives. They're eminently qualified, historically diverse and I've heard bipartisan praise, I call on the United States Senate to confirm them without any further delay. 17

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:07:41-00:08:04 (23 sec)
And here at the White House and for my friends in Congress, the best thing to tackle high prices is a more productive economy with greater capacity to deliver goods and services to the American people. And a growing economy where folks have more choices and more small businesses compete and win more goods can get to market faster and cheaper. 18

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:08:04-00:08:36 (32 sec)
I've laid out a three-part plan to do just that. First, fix the supply chain. COVID-19 has had a global impact on the economy when a factory shuts down in one part of the world, shipments to shops and homes and businesses all over the world are disrupted. COVID-19 has compounded that many times over. A couple of months ago, in this very room we talk that we heard dire warnings about how these supply chain problems could create real crisis around the holidays. 19

Joe Biden

Negative
00:08:36-00:09:04 (28 sec)
So, we acted, we brought together business and labor and that much predicted crisis did not occur. Ninety nine percent of the packages were delivered on time and shelves were stocked. And notwithstanding the recent storms that have impacted many parts of our country, the share of goods in stock at stores is 89 percent now, which is barely changed from the 91 percent before the pandemic. 20

Joe Biden

Slightly Negative
00:09:04-00:09:30 (26 sec)
I often see empty shelves being shown on television 89 percent are full, which is only a few points below what it was before the pandemic. But our work is not done, my infrastructure law will supercharge, upgrading everything from roads and bridges to ports and airports, railways and transit to make the economy move faster and reduce prices for families. 21

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:09:30-00:09:56 (26 sec)
Second thing my Build Back Better plan will address the biggest cost of working families face every day. No other plan will do more to lower the cost for American families. It cuts the cost for childcare, many families including the people sitting in this room, if they have children and their working full time, many families pay up to $14,000 a year for childcare in big cities less than that and smaller ones. 22

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:09:56-00:10:24 (28 sec)
My plan cuts that in half that, so it will not only be a game changer for so many family's budgets, but it will mean so much for nearly 2 million women of -- women who've left the workforce through the pandemic because of things like childcare. My Build Back Better plan cuts, the price of prescription drugs, so insulin, that today cost some people as much as $1,000 a month, will cost no more than $35.00 a month. 23

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:10:24-00:10:55 (31 sec)
It cuts the cost of elder care, it lowers energy cost and it will do all of this without raising a single penny in taxes on people making under $400,000 a year or raising the deficit. In fact, my plan cuts the deficit and boost the economy by getting more people into the workforce. That's why 17 Nobel Prize winners for economics say it will ease long term inflationary pressure. 24

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:10:55-00:11:17 (22 sec)
The bottom line, if price increases are what you're worried about, the best answer is my Build Back Better plan. Third thing we're going to do, promote competition, look in too many industries, a handful of giant companies dominate the market in sectors like meat processing, railroads, shipping and other areas. 25

Joe Biden

Positive
00:11:17-00:11:41 (25 sec)
This isn't a new issue. It's not been the reason we've had high inflation today, is not the only reason, it's been happening for a decade. But over time it has reduced competition, squeezed out small businesses and farmers, ranchers and increased the price for consumers. We end up with an industry like the meat processing industry where four big companies dominate the markets. 26

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:11:41-00:12:05 (24 sec)
Pay ranchers, less for their cattle they grow charge consumers more for beef, hamburger, meat, whatever they're buying, prices are up. Look, I'm a capitalist, but capitalism without competition is not capitalism, it's exploitation. So, I signed an executive order to tackle unfair competition in our economy. 27

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:12:05-00:12:40 (35 sec)
We're going to continue to enforce it along with working with Congress where we can. A close to this, we have faced some of the biggest challenges that we've ever faced in this country these past few years. Challenges to our public health, challenges to our economy, but we're getting through it and not only are we getting through it, we're laying the foundations for a future where America wins the 21st century by creating jobs at a record pace, now we need to get inflation under control. 28

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:12:40-00:13:05 (25 sec)
We have developed an extraordinarily effective booster shots and antiviral pills. Now I need to finish the job doing COVID-19 under control. I've long said it's never been a good bet to bet against the American people or America. I believe that more than ever today, we've seen the grit determination of the American people this past year, but the best days of this country are still ahead of us. 29

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:13:05-00:13:13 (7 sec)
Not behind us. Now, I'm happy to take questions. Yes. 30

Question

Very Negative
00:13:13-00:13:31 (19 sec)
Thank you, Mr. President. I know some of my colleagues will get into some specific issues, but I want to zoom out on your first year in office. Inflation is up, your signature domestic legislation is stalled in Congress. In a few hours from now the Senate -- an effort in the Senate to deal with voting rights and voting -- voting reform legislation is going to fail. 31

Question

Unknown
00:13:31-00:13:46 (14 sec)
COVID-19 is still taking the lives of 1,500 Americans every day and the nation's divisions are just as raw as they were a year ago. Did you overpromise to the American public what you could achieve in your first year in office? And how do you plan to course correct going forward? 32

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:13:46-00:14:15 (30 sec)
Why you're such an optimist? Look, I didn't over promise and what I have probably outperformed what anybody thought would happen. The fact of the matter is that we're in a situation where we have made enormous progress, you mentioned the number of deaths from COVID, well, it was three times at, not long ago, it's coming down everything is changing. 33

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:14:15-00:14:39 (23 sec)
It's getting better. Look, I didn't overpromise, but I think if you take a look at what we've been able to do, you'd have to acknowledge we made enormous progress. But one of the things that I think is something that -- one thing I hadn't been able to do so far is get my Republican friends to get the game of making things better in this country. 34

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:14:39-00:15:05 (26 sec)
For example, I was reading the other day and I wrote a quote down so I don't misquote it. A quote from Senator Sununu when he decided that he wasn't going to -- excuse me, Governor Sununu when he decided he wasn't going to run for the Senate in New Hampshire. Here's what he said. They were all for the most -- quote, "They were all, for the most part, content with the speed at which they weren't doing anything. 35

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:15:05-00:15:31 (26 sec)
It was very clear that we just had to hold the line for two years. OK. So, I'm just going to be a roadblock for the next two years? That's not what I do." Sununu said. He went on to say, "It bothered me that they were OK with that." And he goes on to say, "I said, OK. So, we're not going to get stuff done if we win the White House back -- if we win the White House back. 36

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:15:31-00:15:58 (27 sec)
Why didn't we do anything in 2017 and 2018?" And then he said, "How the Republican Sununu spoke to answer the challenge? He said, crickets, yeah, crickets. They had no answer. I did not anticipate that there would be such a stalwart effort to make sure that the most important thing was that President Biden didn't get anything done." Think about this. 37

Joe Biden

Positive
00:15:58-00:16:24 (26 sec)
What are the Republicans for? What are they for? Name me one thing they're for. And so, the problem here is that I think what's happened is what I have to do in the -- in the change in tactic if you will. I have to make clear to the American people what we are for. We've passed a lot. We passed a lot of things that people don't even understand what's all that's in it, understandably. 38

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:16:24-00:16:52 (27 sec)
Remember when we passed the Affordable Care Act and everybody thought that, you know, it really was getting pummeled and beaten and it wasn't until after we're out of office in that next campaign would -- and off your campaign. And I went into a whole -- I was in an office with a whole bunch of districts campaigning for Democrats and Republican districts who said they wanted to do away with -- with health care, with Obamacare. 39

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:16:52-00:17:22 (30 sec)
And I started pointing out that if you did that, preexisting conditions would no longer be covered. And they said, "Huh? We didn't know that. We didn't know that." And guess what, we won over 38 seats because we explained to the people exactly what in fact had passed. And one of the things that I remember saying, and I'll end this, I remember saying to President Obama when he passed the Affordable Care Act, I said you ought to take a victory lap. 40

Joe Biden

Slightly Negative
00:17:22-00:17:49 (27 sec)
And he said, 'There are so many things going on, we don't have time to take a victory lap." As a consequence, no one knew what the detail of the legislation was. They don't know a lot of the detail of what we passed. So, the difference is I'm going to be out in the road lot, making the case around the country with my colleagues who are up for reelection and others, making the case of what we did do and what we want to do, what we need to do. 41

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:17:49-00:18:23 (34 sec)
And so, I don't think I've overpromised at all and I'm going to stay on this track. You know, one of the things that I remember and I'll end this with -- I was talking with, you know, Jim Clyburn, who was a great help to me in the campaign in South Carolina. And Jim said and when he endorsed me and there was a clip on television in the last couple of days of Jim and he said that we want to make things accessible and affordable for all Americans. 42

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:18:23-00:18:48 (25 sec)
It's health care. It's education. It's prescription drugs that's making sure you have access -- access to all the things that everybody else has. We can afford to do that. We can't -- we can't afford not to do it. So, I tell my Republican friends, "Here, I come. This is going to be about what are you for, that are you for. 43

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:18:48-00:18:54 (6 sec)
And layout what we're for." Mary Bruce, ABC? 44

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:18:54-00:19:11 (17 sec)
Thank you, Mr. President. You mentioned your Republican colleagues, but right now your top two legislative priorities, your social spending package, and voting rights legislation are stalled, blocked by your own party after months of negotiation. You are only guaranteed control of Washington for one more year before the midterms. 45

Question

Unknown
00:19:11-00:19:17 (7 sec)
Do you need to be more realistic and scale down these priorities in order to get something passed? 46

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:19:17-00:19:40 (23 sec)
No, I don't think so. When you say more realistic, I think it's extremely realistic to say to people because -- let me back up. You all really know the politics in this country in your networks and others. You spend a lot of time, which I'm glad you do, polling this data, determining whether they mirror what the American people's attitudes are, etc. 47

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:19:40-00:20:01 (21 sec)
American people overwhelmingly agree with me on prescription drugs. They overwhelmingly agree with me on the cost of education. They overwhelmingly agree with me on early education. They overwhelming -- and go on the list on, on, on child care. And so, we just have to make the case what we're for and what the other team's not for. 48

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:20:01-00:20:25 (23 sec)
Look, we knew all along that a lot of this was going to be an uphill fight. And one of the ways to do this is to make sure we make the contrast as clear as we can. And one of the things that I think is we're going to have to do is just make the case. I don't think there's any unrealistic about risk. I'm not trying to -- I'm not asking for castles in the sky. 49

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:20:25-00:20:35 (11 sec)
I'm asking for practical things the American people have been asking for for a long time, a long time. And I think we can get it done. 50

Question

Unknown
00:20:35-00:20:42 (7 sec)
[Off-mic] that you're not going to scale down any of these priorities. But so far that strategy isn't working. You haven't been able to get some of these big legislative ticket item done -- 51

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:20:42-00:20:47 (5 sec)
Well, I got two real big wins done. Bigger than any president has ever gotten in the first year. 52

Question

Unknown
00:20:47-00:20:52 (5 sec)
But currently, Mr. President, you're spending package voting rights legislation, they're not going anywhere. 53

Joe Biden

Positive
00:20:52-00:20:53 (1 sec)
That's true. 54

Question

Positive
00:20:53-00:20:58 (5 sec)
So, is there anything that you are confident you can get signed into law before the midterm elections? 55

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:20:58-00:21:22 (24 sec)
Yes, I'm confident we can get pieces, big chunks of the Build Back Better Law signed into law and I'm confident that we can take the case to the American people that the people they should be voting for who are going to oversee whether elections in fact are legit or not should not be those who are being put up by the Republicans to do -- to determine that they're going to be able to change the outcome of the election. 56

Joe Biden

Positive
00:21:22-00:21:50 (28 sec)
So, whether or not we can actually get election -- and by the way, I haven't given up. We haven't finished the vote yet on what's going on, on -- on the -- on voting rights and the John Lewis Bill and others. But -- so, look, this is -- I've been engaged long time in public policy and I don't know many things that have been done in one fell swoop. 57

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:21:50-00:22:15 (25 sec)
And so, I think the best -- the most important thing to do is try to inform -- not educate, inform the public of what's at stake in stark terms and let them make judgments and let them know who's for them and who's against them. Who's there and who's not there. And make that the case. And that's why I'm going to be spending my time doing in this off-year election. 58

Question

Very Positive
00:22:15-00:22:26 (11 sec)
[Off-mic] you mentioned Republicans and reaching out to them. Some Republicans may be open to major changes on voting rights, for instance, like Mitt Romney. He says he never even received a phone call from this White House. Why not? 59

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:22:26-00:22:50 (24 sec)
Well, I like -- Mitt -- Look, Mitt Romney is a straight guy. He's -- and one of the things that we're doing, I was trying to make sure we got everybody on the same page in my party on this score. And I didn't call many Republicans at all. The fact is that I do think that Mitt is a serious guy. I think we can get things done. 60

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:22:50-00:23:14 (25 sec)
I think -- I predict you we'll get something done on the electoral reform side of this. But rather than judge what is going to get done and not get done, all I can say is I'm going to continue to make the case why it's so important to not turn the electoral process over to political persons who are set up deliberately to change the outcome of elections. 61

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:23:14-00:23:17 (3 sec)
The -- Allison Harris, please. 62

Question

Very Positive
00:23:17-00:23:35 (17 sec)
Thank you. Thank you, Mr. President. Speaking of voting rights legislation, if this isn't passed, do you still believe the upcoming election will be fairly conducted and its results will be legitimate? 63

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:23:35-00:24:03 (28 sec)
Well, it all depends on whether or not we're able to make the case to the American people that some of this is being set up to try to alter the outcome of the election. And it's one thing -- look, maybe I'm just being too much of an optimist. Remember how we thought not that many people were going to show up to vote in the middle of a pandemic? 64

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:24:03-00:24:32 (29 sec)
We had the highest voter turnout in the history of the United States of America. Well, I think if in fact no matter how hard they make it for minorities to vote, I think you're going to see them willing to stand in line and defy the attempt to keep them from being able to vote, I think you're going to see the people we're trying to keep from being able to show up, showing up and making the sacrifice that needs to be make in order to change the law back to what it should be. 65

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:24:32-00:24:43 (11 sec)
And -- but it's going to be difficult. I make no bones about that; it's going to be difficult. But we're not there yet, we've not run out of options yet, and we'll see how this moves. 66

Question

Unknown
00:24:43-00:25:03 (19 sec)
And on omicron and education, teachers are in result in some -- in revolt in so many places. Parents are at odds over closing schools and remote learning. You say we're not going to go back to closing schools, you said that just moments ago, yet they're closing in some areas. What do you say to those teachers and principals, and parents about school closings? 67

Question

Leans Positive
00:25:03-00:25:07 (4 sec)
And what can your administration do to help make up for learning loss for students? 68

Joe Biden

Positive
00:25:07-00:25:28 (22 sec)
Well, first of all, I'd put in perspective, the question you asked. Very few schools are closing. Over 95 percent are still open. So, you all phrase the questions when people -- I don't think it's deliberate on your part, but you phrase the question when everyone watches this on television. My God, there must be all those schools must be closing. 69

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:25:28-00:25:58 (30 sec)
What are we going to do? Ninety five percent are still open, number one. Number two, the idea that parents don't think it's important for their children to be in school and teachers know it as well, that's why we made sure that we had the ability to provide the funding through the Recovery Act, through the act that we -- the first act we passed, to be able to make sure schools were able to be safe. 70

Joe Biden

Leans Positive
00:25:58-00:26:26 (28 sec)
So, we have new ventilation systems available for them. We have the way they handle -- they scrub down laboratories and, I mean, the laboratories kids go to -- to go to the bathroom, cafeterias, buses, etc., all that money's there. There's billions of dollars made available. It's there. Not every school district has used it as well as it should be used, but it's there. 71

Joe Biden

Leans Positive
00:26:26-00:26:53 (27 sec)
And so, the -- in addition to that, there is now another $10 billion for testing of students in schools. So, I think as time goes on, it's much more likely you're going to see that number go back up from 95 percent, back up to 98, 99 percent. But the outfit, the individuals in the district that says we're not going to be open is always going to get -- and I'm not being critical of any of you, is always going to get front page. 72

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:26:53-00:27:11 (19 sec)
It's always going to be the top of the news. But let's put it in perspective. Ninety-five, as high as 98 percent of the schools in America are open, functioning, and capable of doing the job. How about Jen Epstein, Bloomberg? 73

Question

Neutral
00:27:11-00:27:42 (31 sec)
Here, Mr. President. Thank you. Your top foreign policy advisers have warned that Russia is now ready to attack Ukraine, but there's still little unity among European allies about what a package of sanctions against Moscow would look like. If the US and NATO aren't willing to put troops on the line to defend Ukraine and American allies can't agree on a sanctions package, hasn't the US and the West lost nearly all of its leverage over Vladimir Putin? 74

Question

Very Negative
00:27:42-00:27:51 (8 sec)
And given how ineffective sanctions have been in deterring Putin in the past, why should the threat of new sanctions give him pause? 75

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:27:51-00:28:17 (26 sec)
Well, because he's never seen sanctions like the ones I promised will be imposed if he moves, number one. Number two, we're in a situation where Vladimir Putin is about to -- we've had very frank discussions, Vladimir Putin and I. And the idea that NATO is not going to be united, I don't buy. I've spoken to every major NATO leader. 76

Joe Biden

Somewhat Negative
00:28:17-00:28:45 (28 sec)
We've had the NATO-Russian summit. We've had other -- the OSCE has met, etc. And so, I think what you're going to see is that Russia will be held accountable if it invades, and it depends on what it does. It's one thing if it's a minor incursion and then we end up having a fight about what to do and not do, etc. 77

Joe Biden

Slightly Negative
00:28:45-00:29:22 (38 sec)
But if they actually do what they're capable of doing with the force amassed on the border, it is going to be a disaster for Russia if they further invade Ukraine, and that our allies and partners are ready to impose severe cost and significant harm on Russia and the Russian economy. And, you know, we're going to fortify our NATO allies and I told them on the eastern flank, if, in fact, he does invade, we're going to -- I've already shipped over $600 million worth of sophisticated equipment, defensive equipment to the Ukrainians. 78

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:29:22-00:29:46 (23 sec)
The cost of going into Ukraine in terms of physical loss of life for the Russians, they will be able to prevail over time, but it's going to be heavy. It's going to be real. It's going to be consequential. In addition to that, Putin has, you know, has a stark choice, either de-escalation or diplomacy, a confrontation of the consequences. 79

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:29:46-00:30:14 (28 sec)
And, look, I think you're going to see, for example, everybody talks about how Russia has control over the energy supply that Europe absorbs. Well, guess what, that money that they earn from that makes about 45 percent of their economy. I don't see that as a one-way street. They go ahead and cut it off, it's like my mother used to say, you bite your nose off despite your face. 80

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:30:14-00:30:36 (22 sec)
It's not like they have all these wonderful choices out there. I spoke with the prime minister of Finland and, you know, we're talking about our concern on the part of Finland and Sweden about what Russia is doing. The last thing that Russia needs is Finland deciding to change its status. They didn't say they're going to do that. 81

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:30:36-00:30:55 (19 sec)
But they're talking about what, in fact, is going on and how outrageous Russia has been. We're finding ourselves in a position where I believe you'll see that there will be severe economic consequences. For example, anything that involves dollar denominations, if they make a -- if they invade, they're going to pay. 82

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:30:55-00:31:33 (38 sec)
They're not going -- their banks will not be able to deal in dollars. So, there's a lot that's going to happen, but here's the thing. My conversation with Putin, and we've been -- how can we say it? We have no problem understanding one another. He has no problem understanding me nor me, him. And in the direct conversations where I pointed out, I said, you know, you've occupied before, other countries, but the price has been extremely high. 83

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:31:33-00:32:00 (26 sec)
How long? You can go in and over time, at great loss, an economic loss, go in and occupy Ukraine, but how many years, one, three, five, 10? What is that going to take? What toll does that take? It's real, it's consequential. So, this is not all just a cakewalk for Russia. Militarily, they have overwhelming superiority and on -- as it relates to Ukraine. 84

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:32:00-00:32:07 (7 sec)
But they'll pay a stiff price immediately near-term, medium term, and long term if they do it. I'm sorry. OK, David Sanger, New York Times. 85

Question

Somewhat Negative
00:32:07-00:32:35 (28 sec)
Thank you, Mr. President. I wanted to follow up on your answer there about Russia and Ukraine. When you were in Geneva in June, you said to us about President Putin, I think the last thing he wants now is a Cold War. Now, since then, of course, you've seen him gather these troops, 100,000 troops around Ukraine. 86

Question

Very Negative
00:32:35-00:32:57 (22 sec)
Your secretary of State said today, he thought he could invade at any moment, you've seen the cyberattacks, and you've seen the demand that he have a sphere of influence in which you would withdraw all American troops and nuclear weapons from what used to be the Soviet Bloc. So, I'm wondering if you still think that the last thing he wants is a Cold War. 87

Question

Unknown
00:32:57-00:33:12 (15 sec)
And has your view of him changed in the past few months? And if it has and he does invade, would your posture be to really move back to the kind of containment policy that you saw so often when you were still in the Senate? 88

Joe Biden

Positive
00:33:12-00:33:37 (25 sec)
The answer is that I think he still does not want any full-blown war, number one. Number two, do I think he'll test the West, test the United States and NATO as significantly as he can? Yes, I think he will. But I think he'll pay a serious and dear price for it that he doesn't think now will cost him what it's going to cost him. 89

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:33:37-00:34:12 (35 sec)
And I think he will regret having done it. Now, whether or not I think that -- how can I say this in a public fora. I think that he is dealing with what I believe he thinks is the most tragic thing that's happened to Mother Russia in that the Berlin Wall came down, the empire has been lost, the near abroad is gone, etc. 90

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:34:12-00:34:51 (39 sec)
The Soviet Union has been split. But think about what he has. He's eight time zones, a burning tundra that will not freeze again naturally, a situation where he has a lot of oil and gas, but he is trying to find his place in the world between China and the West. And so, I'm not so sure that he has -- David, I'm not so sure he has -- is certain what he's going to do. 91

Joe Biden

Positive
00:34:51-00:35:23 (32 sec)
My guess is he will move in. He has to do something. And by the way, I've indicated to him, the two things he said to me that he wants guarantees on, one is Ukraine will never be part of NATO; and two that NATO or the -- there will not be strategic weapons stationed in Ukraine. We could work out something in the second piece, pretending what he does along the Russian line as well, or the Russian border in the European area of Russia. 92

Joe Biden

Positive
00:35:23-00:35:49 (26 sec)
On the first piece, we have a number of treaties internationally and in Europe that suggest that you get to choose who you want to be with. But the likelihood that Ukraine is going to join NATO in the near term is not very likely based on much more work they have to do in terms of democracy and a few other things going on in there, and whether or not the major allies in the West would vote to bring Ukraine in right now. 93

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:35:49-00:36:03 (15 sec)
So, there's room to work if he wants to do that. But I think, as usual, he's going to -- I probably shouldn't go any further, but I think it will hurt him badly. 94

Question

Very Positive
00:36:03-00:36:30 (26 sec)
Well, it sounds like you're offering some way out here, some off-ramp, and it sounds like what it is, is at least an informal assurance that NATO is not going to take in Ukraine any time in the next few decades. And it sounds like you're saying we would never put nuclear weapons there. He also wants us to move all of our nuclear weapons out of Europe and not have troops rotating through the old Soviet bloc. 95

Question

Slightly Positive
00:36:30-00:36:31 (1 sec)
Do you think there's space for there as well? 96

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:36:31-00:36:56 (25 sec)
No. No, there's not a space for that. We won't permanently station, but the idea we're not going to -- we're going to actually increase troop presence in Poland or Romania, etc. if, in fact, he moves because we have a sacred obligation on Article 5 to defend those countries, they are part of NATO. We don't have that obligation relative to Ukraine, although we have great concern about what happens in Ukraine. 97

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:36:56-00:36:59 (3 sec)
Thank you. Maureen, USA TODAY. 98

Question

Very Positive
00:36:59-00:37:19 (20 sec)
Thank you, Mr. President. I want to follow up on your comment on Build Back Better and also ask you a question about the pandemic. You said that you're confident you can pass big chunks of Build Back Better this year. Does that wording mean that you are thinking about you're looking at breaking the package up into individual portions? 99

Question

Very Positive
00:37:19-00:37:32 (13 sec)
And then, on the pandemic, now that the Supreme Court has blocked the vaccination or test rule for larger businesses, are you reconsidering whether to require vaccines for domestic flights as a way to boost vaccination rates? 100

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:37:32-00:37:56 (24 sec)
No, look, first of all, on the last part of the question, the Supreme Court decision, I think, was a mistake, but you still see thousands and thousands of people who work for major corporations having to be tested as a consequence of the decision made by the corporation, not by the standard I said that -- that is there. 101

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:37:56-00:38:06 (10 sec)
I think you see that increase, not decrease, number one. What was the first part of your question? 102

Question

Positive
00:38:06-00:38:08 (2 sec)
On your -- your comment that you made that you're confident -- 103

Joe Biden

Positive
00:38:08-00:38:08 (1 sec)
Yes. 104

Question

Positive
00:38:08-00:38:13 (4 sec)
That major chunks of Build Back Better -- 105

Joe Biden

Positive
00:38:13-00:38:13 (1 sec)
Yes. 106

Question

Unknown
00:38:13-00:38:16 (3 sec)
Can pass. Are you breaking it up? 107

Joe Biden

Positive
00:38:16-00:38:17 ( sec)
Yes. 108

Question

Unknown
00:38:17-00:38:17 (1 sec)
Does that mean -- 109

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:38:17-00:38:36 (19 sec)
Well, it's clear to me that -- that we're going to have to probably break it up. I think that we can get -- and I've been talking to a number of my colleagues on the Hill. I think it's clear that we would be able to get support for the four of the 500-plus billion dollars for energy and the environmental issues that are there, number one. 110

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:38:36-00:39:05 (28 sec)
Number two, I know that the two people who opposed, on the Democratic side at least, support a number of things that are in there. For example, Joe Manchin strongly supports early education, three and four years of age, strongly supports that. There are strong support for, I think, a number of the way in which to pay for these -- pay for this proposal. 111

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:39:05-00:39:24 (20 sec)
So, I think there is -- and I'm not going to -- I'm not going to negotiate against myself as to what should -- should be in it, but I think we can break the package up, get as much as we can now, and come back and fight for the rest later. Ken, The Wall Street Journal. Ken Thomas. 112

Question

Positive
00:39:24-00:39:33 (9 sec)
Thank you, Mr. President. I wanted to ask you about the economy. As you said earlier, Americans are feeling the squeeze -- 113

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:39:33-00:39:33 ( sec)
Yeah. 114

Question

Very Positive
00:39:33-00:40:06 (33 sec)
Of inflation. Oil prices have been at about a seven-year high recently. How long should Americans expect to face higher prices when they're at the grocery store, when they're at the gas pump? Is this something that they're going to see into the summer, into next fall? And separately, you talked about the importance of the Fed, but isn't that an acknowledgment that you're limited in what you can do if you -- if you're relying on the Fed to make decisions, and you're unable to get a Build Back Better proposal through? 115

Question

Neutral
00:40:06-00:40:09 (3 sec)
Aren't you simply limited in what you can do to deal with inflation? 116

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:40:09-00:40:45 (36 sec)
Well, look, as you know, Ken, the inflation has everything to do with the supply chain. And I think what you're seeing is that we've been able to make progress on speeding up the access to materials. For -- for example, one-third of the -- of the increase in cost of living is the cost of automobiles. The reason automobiles have skyrocketing prices is because of the lack of computer chips. 117

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:40:45-00:41:06 (21 sec)
So, we have the capacity, and we're going to do everything in our power to do it, to become self-reliant on the computer chips that we need in order to be able to produce more automobiles. That's underway. We've already passed, within the context of another bill, money for that in the House of Representatives -- before the House of Representatives now. 118

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:41:06-00:41:49 (43 sec)
But I think there's a way we can move to if we can move to get, for example, that one thing done, it can make a big difference in terms of the cost of -- the total cost of living. Now, with regard to the whole issue of energy prices, that gets a little more complicated. But you saw it happen when I was able to convince everyone from including China, India, a number of other countries to agree with us to go into their version of the -- of this -- of their petroleum reserve to release more into the market so that -- that brought down the price about 12, 15 cents a gallon in some places; in some places, more. 119

Joe Biden

Leans Negative
00:41:49-00:42:20 (31 sec)
There's going to be -- there can be a reckoning along the line. Here is whether or not we're going to continue to see oil prices continue to go up in ways that are going up now relative to what is going to -- what impact that's going to have on the producers. And so, it's going to be hard. I think that's the place for most middle-class people, working-class people get hit the most, pull up to a pump, and all of a sudden, instead of paying $2.40 a gallon, they're paying $5 a gallon. 120

Joe Biden

Leans Positive
00:42:20-00:42:40 (20 sec)
That's going to be really difficult. But so, we're going to continue to work on trying to increase oil supplies that are available. And I think there's ways in which we can be of some value-added in terms of the price of gas, natural gas, like, to take the burden off of European countries that are now totally dependent on Russia. 121

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:42:40-00:43:02 (22 sec)
But it's going to be hard. It's going to be very hard, but I think that we have to deal with, for example, like I said, you have a circumstance where people are paying more for a pound of hamburger meat than they ever paid. Well, one of the reasons for that is you don't have that many folks out there that are the ones that are -- that the big four are controlling and all. 122

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:43:02-00:43:42 (39 sec)
And so, you're going to see more and more who are going to move on this competition pace to allow more and more smaller operations to come in and be able to engage in providing, buying, and providing the access to much cheaper meat and -- and it exists now. But there's going to be a hole. Now, and as you -- I assume the reason you said if I can't get Build Back Better is -- relates to what those 17 Nobel laureate economists said that if, in fact, we could pass it, it would actually lower the impact on inflation, reduce inflation over time, etc. 123

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:43:42-00:44:03 (22 sec)
So, there's a lot we have to do. It's not going to be easy, but I think we can get it done. But it's going to be painful for a lot of people in the meantime. That's why the single best way, single best way, to take the burden off middle-class and working-class folks is to pass the Build Back Better piece, that are things that they're paying a lot of money for now. 124

Joe Biden

Positive
00:44:03-00:44:30 (27 sec)
If you get to trade off higher gases, you're putting up with higher price of hamburgers and gas versus whether or not you're going to have to -- you're going to be able to pay for education and/or child care and the like. I think most people would make the trade. Their bottom line would be better in middle-class households, but it's going to be hard and it's going to take a lot of work. 125

Question

Very Positive
00:44:30-00:44:51 (21 sec)
[Inaudible] you mentioned China. Do you think the time has come to begin lifting some of the tariffs on Chinese imports, or is there a need for China to -- to make -- do on some of its commitments in the Phase One Agreement? Some business groups would like you to begin raising -- lifting up those tariffs on. 126

Joe Biden

Leans Positive
00:44:51-00:45:13 (21 sec)
Well, I know that, and that's why my trade rep is working on that right now. The answer's uncertain. It's uncertain. I'd like to be able to be in a position where I could say they're meeting the commitments where -- more of their commitments and be able to lift some of it, but we're not there yet. Nancy, CBS. 127

Question

Very Positive
00:45:13-00:45:34 (21 sec)
Thank you so much, Mr. President. This afternoon, the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the midterm elections are going to be a report card on your progress on inflation, border security, and standing up to Russia. Do you think that that's a fair way to look at it? And if so, how do you think that report card looks right now? 128

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:45:34-00:46:01 (27 sec)
I think report cards look pretty good if that's where at. But, look, the idea that -- Mitch has been very clear. He'd do anything to prevent Biden for being a success. I get on with Mitch. I actually like Mitch McConnell. We like one another. But he has one straightforward objective: make sure that there's nothing I do that makes me look good in the mind -- in his mind with the public at large. 129

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:46:01-00:46:32 (31 sec)
And that's OK, I'm a big boy. I've been here before. But the fact is that I think that the -- I'm happy to debate and have a referendum on how I handle the economy, whether or not I've made progress. Look, again, how can I -- I've taken too long to answer your questions, I apologize. I think that the fundamental question is what's Mitch for? 130

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:46:32-00:47:00 (28 sec)
What is he for on immigration? What is he for? What's he proposing to be anything better? What's he for dealing with Russia? It's different than I'm proposing many of his Republican friends or his colleagues are supporting as well. What's he for on these things? What are they for? So, everything's a choice, a choice. 131

Joe Biden

Leans Negative
00:47:00-00:47:34 (34 sec)
I think -- look, I've laid out a proposal on immigration that if we passed it, we'd be in a totally different place right now, but we're not there because we don't have a single Republican vote. My buddy, John McCain, is gone. So, I mean, it's just -- it's going to take time. And again, I go back to -- I go back to Governor Sununu's quote, how long -- I mean, rhetorical question, I know that's not fair to ask the press the question, I'm not asking you. 132

Joe Biden

Negative
00:47:34-00:48:12 (38 sec)
But think about it, did you ever think that one man out of office could intimidate an entire party where they're unwilling to take any vote contrary to what he thinks should be taken for fear of being defeated in the primary? I've had five Republican Senators talk to me, bumping to me, or "sit with me." They told me that they agree with whatever I'm talking about I'm going to do. 133

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:48:12-00:48:45 (34 sec)
But, Joe, if I do, I'm being defeated in a primary. We got to break that. It's got to change. And I doubt you're all -- I sound like a business, you're all bright as hell and well-informed, more informed than any group of people in America. But did any of you think that you get to a point where not a single Republican would diverge on a major issue? 134

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:48:45-00:48:50 (5 sec)
I want -- anyway -- 135

Question

Unknown
00:48:50-00:48:53 (3 sec)
Can you tell us who those five Republican Senators are? 136

Joe Biden

Leans Positive
00:48:53-00:49:00 (7 sec)
Sure. No, are you kidding me? I -- I maintain confidentiality. 137

Question

Unknown
00:49:00-00:49:01 (1 sec)
On voting rights -- 138

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:49:01-00:49:03 (2 sec)
But I'm sure you've spoken to some. 139

Question

Unknown
00:49:03-00:49:05 (1 sec)
On voting rights, sir. 140

Joe Biden

Positive
00:49:05-00:49:05 ( sec)
Yes. 141

Question

Leans Negative
00:49:05-00:49:28 (23 sec)
At your first press conference 10 months ago, I asked you if there was anything you could do beyond legislation to protect voting rights. And at that time, you said, "Yes, but I'm not going to lay out a strategy before you and the world now." Now, that legislation appears to be hopelessly stalled, can you now layout your strategy to protect voting rights? 142

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:49:28-00:49:58 (30 sec)
Well, I'm not prepared to do that in detail in terms of the executive orders and I may be able to engage in, and other things I can do. But one of the things we have done, we have -- we have significantly beefed up a number of enforcers in the Justice Department who are there to challenge the -- these -- these unconstitutional efforts in our view, unconstitutional efforts on the part of the Republicans to stack the election and subvert the outcomes. 143

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
00:49:58-00:50:38 (40 sec)
We have began to organize in ways that we didn't before the communities beyond the civil rights community to make the case to the rest of the American people what's about to happen. What will happen if in fact these things move forward. If I talk to you, not you, I'm using you at other choices. If I talk to the public about the whole idea of subversion of elections by deciding who the electors are after the fact, I think people have looked at me like, "Oh." I mean, I got -- took constitutional law for 20 years, got a three-credit course in the separation of powers, and -- on Saturday mornings, when I was a Senator. 144

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:50:38-00:51:06 (29 sec)
And I never thought we'd get into a place where -- where we were talking about being able actually -- what they tried to do this last time out, send different electors to the state legislative bodies to represent who won the election saying that I didn't win, but the Republican candidate won. I doubt that anybody thought that would ever happen in America in the 21st century, but it's happening. 145

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:51:06-00:51:30 (24 sec)
And so, I think -- I guess what I'm saying is, Nancy, is that I think that there are a number of things we can do, but I also think we will be able to get significant pieces of legislation if we don't get it all now to build -- to get it so that we get a big chunk of the John Lewis legislation as well as the fair elections for us. 146

Question

Neutral
00:51:30-00:51:43 (12 sec)
Sir, on COVID, if you don't mind, you touted the number of Americans who are now fully vaccinated with two shots. But even some of your own medical advisers say that people aren't fully protected unless they have that third shot 147

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:51:43-00:51:43 ( sec)
Yeah. 148

Question

Unknown
00:51:43-00:51:56 (13 sec)
A booster. Why hasn't this White House changed the definition of fully vaccinated to include that third booster shot? Is it because the numbers of fully vaccinated Americans would suddenly look a lot less [Inaudible] 149

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:51:56-00:52:22 (26 sec)
No, it's not that at all. It's just -- this is -- this has become clear and clear, and every time I speak of I say, "If you've been vaccinated, get your booster shot." Everybody get the booster shot. It's the optimum protection you can have. You're protected very well with two shots. If it's the Pfizer -- anyway, you're protected, but you are better protected with the booster shot. 150

Question

Unknown
00:52:22-00:52:26 (4 sec)
[Naudible] the definition, right now? 151

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:52:26-00:52:41 (15 sec)
I'm following what the -- the answer is, yes, get the booster shot. It's all part of the same thing. You're better protected. OK, Alex Alper, Reuters. 152

Question

Slightly Positive
00:52:41-00:53:10 (29 sec)
Thank you. Mr. President. I wanted to follow up briefly on a question asked by Bloomberg. You said that Russia would be held accountable if it invades, and it depends on what it does, "It's one thing if it's a minor incursion and we end up having to fight about what to do and what not to do." Are you saying that a minor incursion by Russia into Ukrainian territory would not lead to the sanctions that you have threatened, or are you effectively giving Putin permission to make a small incursion into the country? 153

Joe Biden

Leans Positive
00:53:10-00:53:41 (31 sec)
Good question. So, it did challenge it, didn't it? The most important thing to do -- big nations can't bluff, number one. Number two, the idea that we would do anything to split NATO, which would be -- have a profound impact on one of, I think, profound impact on -- one of Putin's objectives is to weaken NATO would be a big mistake. 154

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:53:41-00:54:19 (38 sec)
So, the question is if it's a -- something significantly short of a significant invasion, or not even significant, just major military forces coming across. For example, it's one thing to determine that if they continue to -- to use cyber efforts, well, we -- we can respond the same way with cyber. They have FSB people in Ukraine now trying to undermine the solidarity within Ukraine about Russia and to try to promote Russian interests. 155

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:54:19-00:54:42 (23 sec)
But it's very important that -- that we keep everyone in NATO on the same page, and that's what I'm spending a lot of time doing. And there are differences. There are differences in NATO as to what countries are willing to do depending on what happens, the degree to which they are able to go. And I want to be clear with you. 156

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:54:42-00:55:02 (20 sec)
The serious imposition of sanctions relative to dollar transactions and other things are things that are going to have a negative impact on the United States, as well as a negative impact on the economies of Europe as well, a devastating impact on Russia. And so, I got to make sure everybody's on the same page as we move along. 157

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:55:02-00:55:21 (19 sec)
I think we will if there's something that is -- that -- whether it's Russian forces crossing the border, killing Ukrainian fighters, etc., I think that changes everything. But it depends on what he does as [Inaudible] to what extent, we're going to be able to get total unity on the Russia -- on the NATO front. 158

Question

Very Positive
00:55:21-00:55:35 (14 sec)
If I may ask a quick one on Iran, I just wanted to get your sense of whether the Vienna talks are making any progress. If you still think it's possible to reach a deal for both sides to resume compliance with the Iran nuclear deal or if it's time to give up on that? Thank you. 159

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:55:35-00:55:51 (16 sec)
I'll do it in reverse. It's not time to give up. There is some progress being made. The P5+1 is on the same page, but it remains to be seen. OK. Kristen, NBC. 160

Question

Very Positive
00:55:51-00:56:11 (21 sec)
Mr. President, very quickly on Russia -- I do have a number of domestic policy issues, but on -- on Russia very quickly. It seemed like you said that you have assessed, you feel as though he will move in. Has this administration -- have you determined whether President Putin plans to invade or move into Ukraine as you said? 161

Joe Biden

Neutral
00:56:11-00:56:39 (28 sec)
Look, the only thing I'm confident of is that decision is totally, solely, completely a Putin decision. Nobody else is going to make that decision. No one else is going to impact that decision. He's making that decision. And I suspect it matters which side of the bed he gets up on in the morning as to exactly what he's going to do. 162

Joe Biden

Very Positive
00:56:39-00:57:22 (43 sec)
And I think it is not irrational, if he wanted to, to talk about dealing with strategic doctrine and dealing with force structures in Europe and in -- in the European parts of Russia. But I don't know if he's decided he wants to do that or not. So far, in the three meetings we've had, OSCE and -- anyway, have -- have not produced anything because the impression I get from my secretary of state, my national security advisor, and my other senior officials that are doing these meetings is that there's a question of whether the people they're talking to know what he's going to do. 163

Joe Biden

Leans Positive
00:57:22-00:57:49 (27 sec)
So, the answer is -- but based on a number of criteria as to what he could do, for example, for him to move in and occupy the whole country, particularly from the North, from Belarus, it's a -- he's going to have to wait a little bit until the ground is frozen so he can cross, to move in a direction where he wants to talk about what's going on. 164

Joe Biden

Positive
00:57:49-00:58:12 (23 sec)
We -- we have -- we're continuing to provide for defense capacities to the -- to the Ukrainians. We're talking about what's going on in both the -- the Baltic and the Black Sea, etc. There's a whole range of things that I'm sure he's trying to calculate how quickly he can do what he wants to do and what does he want to do. 165

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:58:12-00:58:31 (19 sec)
But I -- he's not -- he's an informed individual. And I'm sure -- I'm not sure. I believe he's calculating what the immediate short-term and the near-term and the long-term consequences of Russia will be. And I don't think he's made up his mind yet. 166

Question

Very Positive
00:58:31-00:58:43 (12 sec)
I want to ask you about your domestic agenda. You've gotten a lot of questions about voting rights, Mr. President, but I want to ask you about Black voters, one of your most loyal constituencies. 167

Joe Biden

Unknown
00:58:43-00:58:43 ( sec)
Yup. 168

Question

Leans Negative
00:58:43-00:59:10 (27 sec)
I was in Congressman Clyburn's district yesterday in South Carolina. You opened this news conference talking about him. I spoke to a number of Black voters who fought to get you elected. And now, they feel as though you are not fighting hard enough for them and their priorities. And they told me they see this push on voting rights more as a last-minute PR push than it is a legitimate effort to get legislation passed. 169

Question

Somewhat Positive
00:59:10-00:59:18 (7 sec)
So, what do you say to these Black voters who say that you do not have their backs as you promised on the campaign trail? 170

Joe Biden

Very Negative
00:59:18-00:59:47 (30 sec)
I've had their back. I've had their back my entire career. I've never not had their back. And I started on the voting rights issues long, long ago. This is what got me involved in politics in the first place. And I think part of the problem is -- look, there's -- there's significant disagreement in every community on whether or not the timing of assertions made by people has been in the most timely way. 171

Joe Biden

Slightly Positive
00:59:47-01:00:24 (36 sec)
So, I'm sure that there are those who are saying that why didn't Biden push John Lewis Bill as hard as he pushed it the last month? Why did he push it six months ago as hard as he did now? The fact is that there is -- there's a timing that is not of one's own choice. It's somewhat dictated by events that are happening in country and around the world as to what the focus is. 172

Joe Biden

Leans Positive
01:00:24-01:00:51 (28 sec)
But part of the problem is as well, I have not been out in the community nearly enough. I've been here an awful lot. I find myself in a situation where I don't get a chance to look people in the eye because of both COVID and things that are happening in Washington, to be able to go out and do the things that I've always been able to do pretty well, connect with people. 173

Joe Biden

Unknown
01:00:51-01:01:14 (23 sec)
Let them take a measure of my sincerity. Let them take a measure of who I am. For example, I mean, as I pointed out in South Carolina, you know, last time when I was chairman of the Judiciary Committee, I got the Voting Rights Act extended for 25 years, and I got Strom Thurmond to vote for it. That's what I've been doing my whole career. 174

Joe Biden

Positive
01:01:14-01:01:46 (32 sec)
And so, the idea that I -- that -- that I didn't either anticipate or because I didn't speak to it as fervently as they want me to earlier, in the meantime, I spent a lot of time, spent hours and hours and hours talking with my colleagues on the Democratic side, trying to get them to agree that if, in fact, this occurred, if this push continues, that they would be there for John Lewis and -- anyway. 175

Joe Biden

Very Positive
01:01:46-01:02:11 (25 sec)
So -- but I think that's -- that's a problem that is my own making by not communicating as much as I should have. Yet, you find that when you deal with members of the Black Caucus and others in the -- in the United States Congress, I still have a very close working relationship. So, it's like every community. 176

Joe Biden

Very Positive
01:02:11-01:02:23 (12 sec)
I'm sure that there are those in the community, and I'm a -- I'm a big labor guy. I'm sure there's people in labor saying, "Why haven't I've been able to do A, B, C, or D?" So, it's just going to take a little bit of time. 177

Question

Very Positive
01:02:23-01:02:38 (14 sec)
Your -- you put Vice President Harris in charge of voting rights. Are you satisfied with her work on this issue, and can you guarantee -- do you commit that she will be your running mate in 2024 provided that you run again? 178

Joe Biden

Very Positive
01:02:38-01:02:39 (2 sec)
Yes and yes. 179

Question

Very Positive
01:02:39-01:02:44 (5 sec)
OK. Do you care to expand? 180

Joe Biden

Somewhat Positive
01:02:44-01:02:45 (1 sec)
Pardon me. 181

Question

Very Positive
01:02:45-01:02:46 (1 sec)
Do you care to expand on [Inaudible] 182

Joe Biden

Neutral
01:02:46-01:02:54 (8 sec)
No, there's no need to. I mean, I asked the question. He -- she's going to be my running mate, number one. And number two, I did put her in charge. I think she's doing a good job. 183

Question

Positive
01:02:54-01:03:14 (20 sec)
Let me ask you, big picture, particularly when you think about voting rights and the struggles you've had to unify your own party around voting rights, unity was one of your key campaign promises. In fact, in your inaugural address, you said your whole soul was in bringing America together, uniting our people. 184

Question

Slightly Positive
01:03:14-01:03:33 (19 sec)
People heard the speech that you gave on voting rights in Georgia recently in which you described those who are opposed to you to George Wallace and Jefferson Davis. And some people took exception to that. What do you say to those who are offended by your speech, and is this country more unified than it was when you first took office? 185

Joe Biden

Positive
01:03:33-01:03:55 (22 sec)
Number one, anybody who listened to the speech, I did not say that they were going to be George Wallace or Bull Connor. I said we're going to have a decision in history that is going to be marked just like it was then. You either voted on the side, that didn't make you George Wallace or didn't make you Bull Connor. 186

Joe Biden

Very Positive
01:03:55-01:04:21 (26 sec)
But if you did not vote for the Voting Rights Act back then, you were voting with those who agreed with Connor, those who agreed with -- with -- and so -- and I -- I think Mitch did a real good job of making it sound like I was attacking them. If you noticed, I haven't attacked anybody publicly. Any senator, any, any, any, any, any congressman publicly. 187

Joe Biden

Positive
01:04:21-01:04:59 (38 sec)
And my disagreements with them have been made to them, communicate to them privately or in-person with them. My desire still is, look, I underestimated one very important thing. I never thought that the Republicans -- like for example, I said they got very upset. I said there's 16 members of the present United States Senate who voted to extend the Voting Rights Act. 188

Joe Biden

Very Negative
01:04:59-01:05:17 (19 sec)
Now they got very offended by that. That's not an accusation, just stating the fact. What has changed? What happened? What happened? Why is there no single Republican? Not one. It's not the Republican Party. So, that's not an attack -- 189

Question

Very Positive
01:05:17-01:05:22 (4 sec)
Is the country more unified -- is the country more unified than when you first took office? 190

Joe Biden

Leans Positive
01:05:22-01:06:08 (46 sec)
The answer is, based on some of the stuff we've got done, I'd say yes, but it's not nearly unified as it should be. Look, I still contend and I know you'll have a right to judge me by this. I still contend that unless you can reach consensus in a democracy, you cannot sustain the democracy. And so, this is a real test, whether or not my -- my -- my -- my counterpart in China is right or not when he says autocracies are the only thing that are going to prevail because democracies take too long to make decisions and countries are too divided. 191

Joe Biden

Unknown
01:06:08-01:06:48 (40 sec)
I believe we're going through one of those inflection points in history that occurs every several generations or even more than that, even more time than that where things are changing almost regardless of any particular policy. The world's changing in big ways. We're going to see -- if you heard me say this before, we're going to see more change in the next 10 years than we saw in the last 50 years because of technology, because of fundamental alterations and alliances that are occurring not because of any one individual, just because of the nature of things. 192

Joe Biden

Very Negative
01:06:48-01:07:07 (20 sec)
And so, I think you're going to see an awful lot of transition. And the question is can we keep up with it? Can we maintain the democratic institutions that we have, not just here but around the world, to be able to generate democratic consensus on how to proceed? It's going to be hard. It's going to be hard. 193

Joe Biden

Very Positive
01:07:07-01:07:21 (13 sec)
But it requires -- it requires leadership to do it. And I'm not giving up on the prospect of being able to do that. Thank you. 194

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