Obama casts midterm race as chance to pick do­ers over naysay­ers

Austin American-Statesman - - FRIDAY BRIEFING -

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.

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