NYT’s Maggie Haberman: ‘Joe Biden Might End Up Regretting’ His Remarks To End The Oil Industry

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President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden clashed in a heated exchange over fracking and the oil industry during Thursday night’s final debate in Nashville, Tennessee.

“He was against fracking,” President Trump said. “He said it … until he got the nomination, went to Pennsylvania, then he said — but you know what Pennsylvania, he’ll be against it very soon because his party is totally against it.”

“Fracking on federal land, I said, no fracking and/or oil on federal land,” Joe Biden responded. “… I would transition from the oil industry, yes. … Because the oil industry pollutes significantly. It has be replaced by renewable energy over time. And I’d stop giving to the oil industry– I’d stop giving them federal subsidies.”

(Related: Trump Answers Biden’s Call To ‘Show The Tape’ Of Joe Saying He Wants To Eliminate Fracking)

After the debate, The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman weighed in on Biden’s remarks on CNN, saying, “I think that was a moment I think Joe Biden might end up regretting, depending on whether people believe that there is still enough time to suffer anything in this race.”

She added, “I think the Trump campaign, from the folks that I’ve heard from, are pointing to that moment. It’s something they hope to highlight in places like Ohio and Pennsylvania– in places where this might resonate with voters. I think that was an unforced error, and it is part of why they have been trying to force attention on Biden and what he will do in the coming years.” Video Below

Maggie Haberman on Joe Biden’s response to the oil industry:

Meanwhile, a Maine voter also pointed to Joe Biden’s remarks on fracking and oil, telling C-SPAN, “I went in leaning toward Joe Biden, I’m really leaning toward Donald Trump right now. … [Biden] said by 2025 we’re gonna be independent of oil, that’s impossible”.

Another voter in Pennsylvania told MSNBC of Biden’s energy plan, “All I could think about is that is going to cost the tax payers, and that is going to hit home harder for the middle class. He wasn’t being as honest as he says he’s being.”