Alabama Senate candidate Mike Durant: Joe Biden ‘behind the ball in every decision’

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Alabama Senate candidate and former “Black Hawk Down” pilot Mike Durant touted his military and business experience ahead of Tuesday’s primary and blasted the Biden administration for its handling of the numerous crises facing Alabamians and Americans across the country.In an interview with Fox News Digital, Durant accused President Biden of being “behind the ball in every decision” regarding U.S. foreign policy challenges, as well as the economic woes plaguing the country, and argued that his status as a political outsider made him the best candidate to represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate.
Republican Alabama Senate candidate and former “Black Hawk Down” pilot Mike Durant speaks with Fox News’ Brandon Gillespie ahead of the Alabama primary elections.
(Brandon Gillespie)”This goes all the way back to what got us in this to begin with, which I think is a lack of credibility by President Biden,” Durant said when asked about Biden’s handling of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and what some have criticized as slow responses and indecision from the administration.”I mean no one believes he’s going to do anything that he says he’s going to do. I mean, he stood up in front of the world and said a small incursion would be OK. This is what got us down this path,” he added, referencing Biden’s heavily scrutinized suggestion in January that “a minor incursion” by Russian forces into Ukraine wouldn’t elicit the same response from the U.S. as a full-scale invasion.MO BROOKS LAMPOONS ‘RACIST’ LIBERAL MEDIA ON CLAIMS OF GOP ‘WHITE SUPREMACY’ AHEAD OF ALABAMA SENATE PRIMARYThe White House later issued a clarification that “any” Russian incursion would prompt a response.”There’s no one to blame other than the Biden administration… he’s been swinging behind the ball in every decision,” Durant said. 
Republican Alabama Senate candidate Katie Britt speaks with Fox News’ Brandon Gillespie via Zoom on May 17, 2022. (Brandon Gillespie)
(Brandon Gillespie)Durant pivoted his criticism of Biden’s foreign policy failures to the U.S. economy, placing blame squarely on the president for massive inflation, rising cost of goods and services and record-high gas prices.He blasted Biden for the “shut off” of U.S. energy supply and said that gas prices came down to a simple issue of supply and demand. “The other element is flooding the market with money. I mean, the more buying power people have, again, demand is high and therefore prices are going to go up,” he added. “It seems like everything the Biden administration does pushes this in the wrong direction. It’s not helping anyone.”SENATE CANDIDATE KATIE BRITT’S MESSAGE TO ‘DISASTER’ JOE BIDEN AHEAD OF ALABAMA PRIMARY ELECTION: ‘GAME ON’”We are creating a dependency on the government, and we’re driving up prices. And I don’t understand it. And we’ve got to turn it around as soon as we can. And I’m optimistic that we’re going to start to do that at the midterms,” he added.
Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., speaks to Fox News’ Brandon Gillespie ahead of the Republican primary in the race to be Alabama’s next U.S. senator.
(Brandon Gillespie)Durant saw a quick rise in his poll numbers after launching campaign ads touting his military experience, following a late entry into the race.The race was upended in March when former President Donald Trump withdrew his endorsement of Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., one of Durant’s opponents, and met with him and his other opponent, Katie Britt, on separate occasions. Trump has yet to issue a new endorsement in the race. Durant described their conversation in Mar-a-Lago as “a great meeting.”According to AL.com, a recent Emerson College poll showed a tight race between the three front-runners, with Britt, retiring Sen. Richard Shelby’s, R-Ala., former chief of staff, leading the pack at 32%, Durant at 26.4%, and Brooks at 25.1%.‘BLACK HAWK DOWN’ PILOT MIKE DURANT AIMS FOR ALABAMA SENATE SEAT, LAUDS AMERICAN PRINCIPLES OVER LIBERAL MEDIAA candidate in Alabama must receive 50% of the vote in order to get the nomination and avoid a runoff election. If no candidate reaches 50%, the two candidates with the highest vote totals will advance to the runoff.
Alabama Senate candidates Mike Durant (L), Katie Britt (M), Mo Brooks (R)
(Durant campaign / Britt campaign, / Bill Clark, CQ Roll Call )Durant expressed optimism that he would make it to the runoff, and vowed to continue the progress Trump made on policies important to Alabamians, starting with border security.”We’ve got to build the wall. Everyone agrees that that should be a priority. We had it under way. President Trump made tremendous progress in securing the southern border and Joe Biden threw it all away, just like he threw away energy independence, just like he threw away all the success we had in Afghanistan,” he said. “Number two is energy independence. It’s driving inflation. It’s creating some dependencies on international suppliers that, quite frankly, can’t be trusted… but, energy independence is critical. Independence is critical because it is a contributing factor in the price we pay for everything, whether it’s goods, services, our own lives, getting to and from work, all of those things,” he said.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPDurant added that his third most important policy point would be a “strong national defense,” arguing it was important for the country, but specifically Alabama because of its “significant aerospace and defense” industry.

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