June 11th, 2008
09:00 AM ET
13 years ago

Republicans compare Obama to failed policies

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(CNN)—Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney Wednesday echoed presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain’s criticism of Barack Obama’s economic strategy comparing it to the ‘failed’ policy pursued by former President Jimmy Carter.

“Frankly, as I look at Barack Obama what he proposing is very much like what Jimmy Carter proposed,” Romney said of Obama’s economic plan. “And that of course led to a disastrous economy.”

(WATCH Mitt Romney entire interview from American Morning)

For months, McCain’s presidential campaign has been trying to compare Obama’s economic pitch to what Washington sought to enact in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

“I will leave it to my opponent to propose returning to the failed, big government mandates of the sixties and seventies,” McCain said during a March speech in Texas.

Again Tuesday, while speaking to the National Small Business Summit, the presumptive nominee said voters have a ‘distinct’ choice in November.

“Will we go back to the policies of the '60s and '70s that failed or will we go forward?” The Arizona senator said.

(WATCH: Sen. McCain push for more Town Hall style debates with Obama)

Obama and McCain have been locked in heated war of words over the direction of the nation’s economy since Obama secured the Democratic nomination last week. While McCain continues to push the line that Obama represents failed policies, Obama is doing the same on his end, comparing the Arizona senator to the current administration.

“The centerpiece of John McCain's economic plan amounts to a full throated endorsement of George Bush's policies,” the Illinois senator said Monday in North Carolina.

(WATCH: Sen. Obama compare Sen. McCain to a continuation of Bush Presidency)

Obama went on to compare his opponent to President Bush 15 different times in that one speech.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (185 Responses)
  1. Loretta from California

    I don't make 250k per year (not even close) but If it will help to get my Country back on track, and out of this deep hole that the Republicans have put us in you can raise my taxes. (a little) Just as long as you don't crazy.


    June 11, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. Darth Vadik, CA


    Republicans talking about failed policies.


    June 11, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. Veteran in Kansas

    Well, it appears to me that my Republican party is pretty much the expert on failed policies. That's why we are still being subjected to the failed policiy of trickle down economics, bullyboy foreign relations, hands off bankng regulations resulting in a morgage nightmare, an energy policiy with blinders on creating $4+ gasoline and diesel something oil has been calling for, for years. A economy based upon a weak dollar so we can sell all of those non-existant manufactured goods that we no longer make overseas.

    How do I summarize my Republican Party, economic elitist fixated on greed and profitering without the slightest remorse as to how it effects the insignificant nobodies that make up the general population.

    Bottom line is are you better off today than you were prior to the administration of Gerorge W Bush. Well, if you are, you are one of the few. Tax breaks while they are nice and sound good on paper, were insignificant for the vast majority of tax paying Americans. However, the result of the tax cuts was far from insignificant. A booming deficit, reduced programs, and a increase in special interest programs, not onlt Democrates have Special interest programs you know, it's just that before Bush, some of them were actually paid for.

    June 11, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  4. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    Failed policies? Our economy is facing a meltdown caused by a Republican President and a compliant Republican Congress. I would call that a failed economic policy.
    The title of our Senators and Congressmen begin with the words: United States, not Republican or Democrat, something that the Republican Senators and Congressmen ignored and because of that never questioned all the mistakes and blunders of the Republican President. It is obvious that protecting of the Republican President is more important to them than protecting the American People.

    June 11, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Have they mentioned how the policies of Obama and Carter are similar? Notice that they haven't because there is little that they can compare. The flip side of that is many of the Bush policies are supported by McCain. I find that it is much easier to compair Bush and McCain rather than Carter and Obama.

    What is the same between the two different pairs? Name it and we might believe it.

    June 11, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. Bryan

    Carter's policies were never given a chance. Leave it to a Republican act as if 30-year-old policies that never got off the ground are worse than current, TESTED policies that have failed.

    It hurts to say it, but if McCain actually wins this thing, we are screwed. He'll either completely sink the economy, put us on the brink of a gas crisis or entice the entire Middle East to join together to wipe us off the map. Or all three.

    Lord help us.

    June 11, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. T in Pa

    Here's the deal:
    While Obama may only have a few years of experience (much less than that dinosaur we call John McCain), he's not stupid enough to repeat the same mistakes George Bush made by not listening to his advisers, i.e. Colin Powell. Republicans talk about how "inexperienced" Obama is when they fail to realize that the candidate they supported in '00 was only the governor of Texas for 5 years and did much less work earlier on in his life (not showing up for the National Guard). And now these people are supporting McCain, who, despite his best efforts to show everyone how much of a maverick he is, has just fallen back into the Republican fold so he can be elected. It's a shame because McCain almost had my vote and now it's Obama.

    June 11, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. Straw Poll Romney

    How much money did you blow trying to be president? I hear you won the Iowa straw poll. Good job winner.

    June 11, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. Mike - Iowa

    Yeah all the Obamalites say it's the Rep. problem, with control of congress I didn't see any improvement by the Dems. who promised "if you elect us we will change it". SOUND FAMILIAR, SOUND LIKE SOME CANDIDATE OUT THERE?

    June 11, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. Tim

    I don't get it.

    Obama is essentially supporting a return to the pre-Bush Clinton era tax system (a simplification sure).

    How does that take us back to the Carter years, when taxes were much higher?

    These guys were alive back then, and they sound like they have no idea what they're talking about!

    June 11, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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