Obama in 2008

“If you don’t have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters. If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from.”

Obama in 2012

  • Republicans want “convert more of our investments in education and research and health care into tax cuts—especially for the wealthy.”
  • Republicans want to “let businesses pollute more and treat workers and consumers with impunity.”
  • If GOP’s “cuts . . . were to be spread out evenly across the budget,” then “Alzheimer’s and cancer and AIDS” research would be slashed, 10 million college students denied assistance, and “thousands” of researchers and teachers “could lose their jobs.”