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President Biden Campaigns In Portland

PORTLAND, OR -- President Joe Biden was in Oregon over the weekend, meeting with Democrats and campaign volunteers. The President isn’t on the November ballot, but Saturday’s 20-minute speech in Portland had all the markers of a campaign stop.

He touted Democrats’ recent accomplishments, primarily passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, which includes a 15% tax on large corporations. He told the friendly crowd, "Next time you hear the Republicans talk about ‘big spending Democrats,’ remind them: Biden lowered the federal deficit last year by $350 billion, and by $1 trillion this year. That’s a fact."

He also talked about continued efforts to reduce prescription drug costs, "This year, the American people won. For the first time, big pharma lost. Now, if big pharma tries to raise drug prices faster than inflation, they’re going to have to write a check to Medicare to cover the difference." He added, "Yesterday, I signed an executive order directing the Department of Health and Human Services to, within 90 days, put a plan on my desk to find additional ways to lower prescription drug costs for seniors."

While in Portland, the President also worked a volunteer phone bank for Tina Kotek’s campaign, and took part in a fundraiser dinner for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate.



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