Democrat nominee Joe Biden said several times over the summer that he favored redirecting money from law enforcement, but his stance started to change when poll numbers did, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise said Monday.
"What you have heard them talk about for the whole summer was defunding police, and, in fact, Joe Biden said multiple times that he was for redirecting money away from police," the Louisiana Republican said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "I don't think there is a difference between those two. But, all of a sudden the poll numbers start changing, and then he has tried to back away from that."
But in the end, he added, there should not be a "nuance" about taking money away from the police, and Biden should not have stayed on the sidelines this summer and during the convention.
Meanwhile, Scalise said he believes the economy will be the deciding matter in the election.
"President [Donald] Trump had the greatest effort, maybe of any president, before the coronavirus," said Scalise. "It was the greatest economy and it was working for everybody, for African Americans, for Hispanics, for every demographic group and COVID came along and we will have to rebuild the economy."
Biden's party, he added, is blocking the ability to bring another coronavirus relief bill, while Trump will be the best candidate to bring back a robust, healthy economy, as he has already built one.
"I haven't heard Joe Biden saying that [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer should stop blocking those bills," said Scalise. "President Trump has been standing up for families and he has been delivering for those hardworking men and women of this country before COVID-19 and is he going to deliver again."
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