Mrs Badenoch was asked what short-term measures she would roll out to address the cost-of-living crisis.
The 42-year-old said the Government should concentrate on tackling inflation because that was “the big thing that is driving it and likely to make things worse”.
“Micro-policies” such as “giving out £50 cash here or a rebate there” were merely quick fixes that would not solve the underlying problems, she said.
On Friday she sought to address the energy crisis driving up the cost of living. She said: “Energy is a subject that worries me a lot. I grew up in Nigeria where there were blackouts every single day, there still are. I know what it’s like not to be able to turn on the light, so it terrifies me seeing how high bills are going.”
Michael Gove has backed Mrs Badenoch as the next Tory leader, praising her “no bull—” approach.