Obama casts midterm race as chance to pick doers over naysayers
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — President Obama on Thursday offered a sharp-edged preview of his election season campaign message, using a fundraiser for Senate candidate Robin Carnahan to cast the midterms as a choice between economic policies of the past and those of the future.
In remarks reminiscent of the campaigntrail Obama, the president sought to frame the elections as a choice between the Republican economic policies that he said created the recession and the Democratic ones he said have led to a slow recovery.
“The last thing we should do is go back to the very ideas that got us into this mess (in) the first place,” he said. “That’s the choice you are going to face in November. ... A choice between falling backward or moving forward.”
Calling out Reps. Joe Barton of Ennis, John Boehner of Ohio, and Carnahan’s likely challenger Roy Blunt by name, Obama said that Republicans had said no to all of the Democratic proposals to address health care, fix the financial system, give women equal pay and hold oil companies accountable.
“Sometimes I wonder if that ‘no’ button is just stuck in Congress so they can’t do what’s right for the American people,” Obama said.