Joe Biden's costly-to-taxpayers primary election vote
- Sep 15, 2022
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By Jack McEvoy
Daily Caller News Foundation
President Joe Biden flew Air Force One (AF1) to Delaware to vote in person in the state’s Democratic primary election on Tuesday evening, potentially costing the country hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money.
Biden chose to fly to Delaware to vote in a primary with no high-profile races on the ballot instead of mailing an absentee ballot as other presidents have previously done. While the exact cost of Biden’s round trip is unknown, it is estimated that the average cost of travel for a U.S. president is roughly $2,614 per minute, according to Fox.
Biden departed Washington, D.C. to fly to Delaware at 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Tuesday, arriving back at the White House at 9 p.m EST, according to his official schedule. Biden spent at least 100 minutes traveling during these three hours, potentially costing taxpayers at least $261,400 in travel expenses alone.
Biden’s flight was on an AF1 Boeing 757 plane to Delaware, according to Bloomberg. A Boeing 757 consumes an average of 5,800 pounds (lbs) of fuel per hour if the aircraft is traveling at the average speed of about 598 miles per hour at 35,000 ft, according to Aviation Insider.
His two 27-minute flights burned 5,220 lbs of jet fuel which is equal to 774 gallons as the fuel weighs roughly 6.74 lbs per gallon. Jet fuel produces 21.50 lbs of C02 emissions per gallon, thus, Biden’s round trip on AF1 produced roughly 16,641 lbs of C02 emissions which is equal to the emissions produced from burning 8,351 pounds of coal.
Delaware allowed residents to vote before election day on Saturday, Sept. 10, when Biden was in the state and had only one event listed on his official schedule. When a reporter asked Biden why he did not vote by mail on Tuesday evening, Biden smiled but did not answer the question, according to The New York Post.
Biden explicitly backed vote-by-mail efforts during the 2020 election due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Former President Trump voted by mail during the 2020 Florida primary, according to NPR. Former President Barack Obama also cast an absentee ballot in the 2010 Illinois primary race, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The White House defended Biden’s decision to vote in person on Wednesday.
“I think by the president going to vote, that sends a very strong message to the American public,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a press briefing on Wednesday.
The White House did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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