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.