Obama campaigning tactic: bash Bush years
President Barack Obama has apparently decided that the way to win voters’ hearts is to warn them against a return to the Bush years.
He’s been in campaign mode this week trying to drum up enthusiasm for Democrats worried about losing their majority in Congress with just one month left until the Nov. 2 election.
In a backyard in Iowa, Obama told voters the election was a choice between going back to the Bush years or moving ahead (although he never uttered his predecessor’s name).
“When you look at the choice we face in this election coming up, the other side, what it’s really offering is the same policies that from 2001 to 2009 put off hard problems and didn’t really speak honestly to the American people about how we’re going to get this country on track over the long term,” Obama said.
Wait a second, did he just question Republicans’ truthfulness? Sounds like it.
“You can’t say you want to balance the budget, deal with our deficit, invest in our kids, and have a $700 billion tax cut that affects only 2 percent of the population. You just can’t do it,” Obama said.
Looks like the gloves are starting to come off. It’s not quite down to the wire yet and there’s plenty of time left for the rhetorical punches to escalate.
Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Obama in Iowa talks about the economy)