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3 takeaways from President Joe Biden's CNN town hall

July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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President Joe Biden took questions from Ohioans on Wednesday at a CNN town hall, touching on his administration response to Covid-19, his work with Congress and many other issues.

(CNN)President Joe Biden took questions from Ohioans on Wednesday at a CNN town hall, touching on his administration response to Covid-19, his work with Congress and many other issues.

"There's legitimate questions people can ask if they worry about getting vaccinated, but the question should be asked, answered and people should get vaccinated," Biden said.

Biden acknowledged it was a question he's receiving from foreign leaders, who asked him whether the US will "ever get it together. " And he said a proliferation of conspiracy theories was making working together more difficult, citing one that "Biden is hiding people and sucking the blood of children. "

"I may be the wrong guy to talk to," Biden warned, an acknowledgment he wasn't planning to give up any time soon on his insistence that Republicans and Democrats can work together.

He said he was haggling with Republicans and Democrats alike, saying the compromises are "real" and noting there have to be compromises within his own party "between the far left and the center and some of the folks who are more conservative. " And without prompting, Biden name-checked Ohio's Republican senator, Rob Portman, 25 minutes into the event.

When the restaurant owner stood up to ask how to incentivize workers coming back to work amid a nationwide struggle to retain employees, Biden acknowledged it may take some time.

Asked if expanded unemployment benefits enacted during the pandemic are playing a role in worker shortages, Biden acknowledged they could be: "Let's assume it did, but it's coming to an end. "

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