June 2nd, 2010
02:27 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama gives campaign-style speech

'For much of the last ten years, we tried it their way,' President Obama said on the GOP Wednesday.
'For much of the last ten years, we tried it their way,' President Obama said on the GOP Wednesday.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (CNN) - With five months to go until Election Day, President Obama spoke about the economy, the Gulf oil spill and the Republican Party in a speech Wednesday that sounded remarkably like a midterm campaign speech.

Obama told a gathering in Pittsburgh that Republicans "said no to tax cuts for small businesses; no to tax credits for college tuition; no to investments in clean energy. They said no to protecting patients from insurance companies and consumers from big banks."

"But to be fair, a good deal of the other party's opposition to our agenda has also been rooted in their sincere and fundamental belief about government," Obama continued. "It's an agenda that basically offers two answers to every problem we face: more tax breaks for the wealthy and fewer rules for corporations."

In a dig at the GOP, which is aspiring to take a significant number of congressional seats from Democrats this November, Obama also said "for much of the last ten years, we tried it their way. So we already know where their ideas led us... I don't know about you, but I want to move forward."

Obama visited Pennsylvania with Sen. Arlen Specter, who lost his Democratic primary bid just two weeks earlier after leaving the GOP last year in part because he thought it would increase his re-election prospects this year.


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soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Enough

    Well that's because that is all Obama knows how to do....campaign. Too bad the American people have realized what a huge mistake we made electing him to run the good old USA right into the ground....we won't make that mistake again and neither will we vote for anyone he endorses................we have had enough of the empty suits empty words.

    June 2, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. annie s

    It boggles the mind that there are some Americans who have yet to see how disastrous the Republicans policies of " tax breaks to the wealthy and fewer rules for corporations" has been to America. According to the conservatives, we should apologize for being too tough on BP, allow Wall Street to police itself, and – even though the top 25 corporations in America effectively pay no income tax, we should lower their taxes further. Any American who votes to return the Republicans to power is signing a death warrant for the once greatest country in the world.

    June 2, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. Pennsylvanian

    President Obama – by all means please come back to Pennsylvania as often as you like to support your Democrat brethren. So far you are 0 for 5 in getting incumbents re-elected. With your success rate to date, we should expect to win back both house and senate in November. Keep campaigning President Obama – your so very good at it. Too bad for the rest of the country you're not good at actually leading or creating policy that will create jobs, stimulate the economy, and bring our proud country back as the ultimate economic superpower she once was.

    June 2, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  4. Jeff Spangler

    If by "campaign-style" you mean loud, pompous, holier-than-thou bombast and exaggeration targeted to the masses and lower classes, then he's The Man. Too bad he can't muster up the same sort of righteous indignation about BP or Goldman Sachs or other such criminal enterprises.

    June 2, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Campaign style speeches, is after all, the thing President Obama does best! Enough of the blame game, you're the president now. Start acting like one!

    June 2, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. JP

    "I don't know about you, but I want to move forward." I quess there were only trial lawyers, union bosses, and illegals in the audience.

    June 2, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  7. jeff jackson, alabama

    This particular President is more
    divisive than a zipper.

    June 2, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. Obama the liar

    Another day, another lie from the thin skinned socialist liar-in-chief.

    June 2, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. phoenix86

    Let's see, 8 of the 10 years prior to Obama, the economy grew, unemployment fell and standards of living rose. Then in the last two year of the Bush adminstration, it fell apart. Interestingly, during the last two years of the Bush adminstration, the democrats controlled both the House (which controls spending) and the Senate.

    I wonder if liberals simply ignore facts that counter their ideology.

    June 2, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. Remember the Alamo

    Please tell me no. I'm glad this is just for mid-term elections. Hopefully he will not run in 2012. He ought to know by now how humiliating that will be.

    June 2, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. Angus McDugan

    I believe that a more news worthy story would be when Obama does NOT give a campaign-style speech. It appears that campaign-style speeches are all he qualified to do.

    June 2, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. felicia

    I'm glad because everyone wants to criticize President Obama for this and for that. he knows exactly what he's doing. And the repigs can say all they want he can give a good speech, but they are definitely intimidated and scared.

    June 2, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. Ram it

    Its all he excels at – campaigning. He sure is not any good at leading. Every day is becomes more evident we elected a person who had not experience to handle the job of President.

    June 2, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. Goofus

    That's about all he does! Campaign Campaign Campaign !

    June 2, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. Uncle Sam

    Obama wants us to produce no oil and no coal. He wants solar and wind energy. Nice ideas but thats all they are... solar has been tried for 30 years and no grand successes. Wind is too unreliable. Top energy experts say at best we can maximize solar and wind at 10-15% of our energy needs... so where does the other 85% come from? Iraq, Iran, China??? Not real smart. It the goal is to also protect the environment we better be doing our own production. Anyone think China cares about the environment?

    June 2, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  16. David Russell

    Your characterization of the president's speech as a campaign style speech may be superfically close, but it misses the mark. The speech will probably go down in history as a significant speech that went largely unnotice in the clamor of the day (kind of like Lincoln's Gettysburg address the day it was delivered). CNN commentators go on-and-on about the president using his bully pulpit to rally the American people. In today's speech the president (rightly so) addressed the near-term concern about the oil spill, but if you go back to the speech and look at it critically, you will easily see that its focus and intent was well beyond the shallow, short-term benefits of a campaign speech.

    June 2, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Telling bald-faced lies about the GOP is not the way to conduct yourself as a "post partisan" president, Barry.

    June 2, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. Dean

    Mr, Obama, when the federal government tells the cheese company what the size of the holes in swiss cheese has to be I would say that we need a lot less government regulations and that congress really has nothing too important to do. It costs corporation trillions of dollars a year in this country just to meet these regulations. That's why companies have moved ALL their production out of this country.

    We may need some oversight on certain regulations but we sure don't need all the stupid regulations we have.

    Also, wealth distribution will never work in this country. If you didn't have the rich people you wouldn't have over 90% of your current income today.

    June 2, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  19. JES

    Wht has yur party done. Let's see health care finical reform, and nything else you couldram down our throats.

    Are we better off hell no we are deeper in debt, with no end in sight, bills passed that the majority of the voters didn't want, and that's right keep blaming Bush.

    Why don't you and your party do us a fovor and lisen the majorty of the voters because if you will not listen we can vote peole in who will.

    You are the biggest in the history of the office you are in.

    Thank you for all the debt that you and your party have given my grandchildren they will never know what it willbe like to be out of debt.

    June 2, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. David

    Libs/Dems/Left = the real domestic terrorists

    June 2, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  21. hal

    That is all he can do...campaign speeches!

    June 2, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  22. Samantha

    That's the only thing he succeeds at - campaign speeches. But actions speak louder than words. Obama is a disappointment as a leader and he is pulling up the rear on the latest crisis, the oil spill. Where is the improvement over George Bush? It's a different face, but the same failures.

    June 2, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    We must move forward, it's no longer an option. Republicans only want to take the money back for the wealthy and corporations as they have promised them.

    June 2, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. Conservative Democrat

    Blame Nancy Regan. After all, she is the one who said "Just say not".

    June 2, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  25. Greg Pottstown PA

    This guy is such a joke. He can not open his mouth with out spinning the issues. If obama had put forth a bill that did nothing but cut taxes for samll businesses The only people that would not vote for it would be democrats. Ever heard of a tea party? Isn't that all about lowering taxes ? What did he tell joe the plumber when he asked if his taxes would go up if his company made more than 250k? He told him yes your taxes will go up because I want to spread the money around.

    When we were debating the stimulus all the republicans wanted was tax cuts for small business but the dems would not let them have any say in what went into the bill. The stimulus has now failed and Obama is holding the ball and that is why he needs to spin this way.

    June 2, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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