Democrat White House hopeful Joe Biden may have just destroyed his own chances at winning a number of key states, including New Mexico, this November.
Two of the state’s top Republicans suggested in an interview with Sirius XM’s Breitbart News Saturday that the stance Biden took on energy and fuel at the final presidential debate could cost him voters in New Mexico.
According to Breitbart, the sentiment was shared over the weekend by Yvette Herrell — the Republican nominee for New Mexico’s Second Congressional District — and Steve Pearce, the state’s Republican Party Chairman. The pair appeared on the radio show to discuss how Biden’s position might affect Democrats’ chances in the Land of Enchantment.
“Forty percent of our tax revenues come from oil, thousands of jobs come from oil, and it is just going to decimate our state if Joe Biden is elected because he has said many times that fossil fuels have no place in his administration, that he will ban fracking,” Pearce said, according to Breitbart.
Joe’s “big statement”
It was one of the most memorable moments of the final presidential debate: President Donald Trump asked Biden plainly, “Would you close down the oil industry?”
“I have a transition from the old industry yes,” the former vice president responded, according to a transcript from Rev.
Trump then pointed out that this was a “big statement” from Biden — and the president was right on the money there. Since the debate, Biden’s claim that he would transition away from oil has dominated headlines.
In fact, Biden’s comments garnered so much attention that, on Friday, he decided to soften his position. “We’re not getting rid of fossil fuels for a long time,” he clarified, according to the Washington Examiner.
Biden sinks the ship
The other major issue Biden has in the realm of energy is his flip-flopping stance on fracking. At the final debate, the former VP claimed that he “never said” he opposed fracking, which is simply false — and even CNN has admitted it.
Now, Americans are left wondering what Biden will do — and for those in fossil fuels, wondering whether their jobs are in jeopardy. With this in mind, it seems clear that voters who live in states that rely heavily on these industries — like New Mexico, for instance — are going to have a tough time stumping for Biden. And that could affect Democrats all the way down the ballot.
Perhaps that’s why Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, a New Mexico Democrat who is up for re-election this November, swiftly denounced Biden’s stance after the debate. “I disagree with VP Biden’s statement tonight,” she said, as Breitbart reported. “Energy is part of the backbone of New Mexico’s economy. We need to work together to promote responsible energy production and stop climate change, not demonize a single industry.”
Only time will tell, however, if her attempt to create some distance will be enough to help Torres Small overcome the hurdle Biden has set up for her.