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

Obama gives campaign-style speech

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/02/art.bohands0602.gi.jpg caption="'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. Meka

    Thank you President Obama, YOUR EXACTLY RIGHT!

    June 2, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. Where the help for the rest of us

    Wait was this the CM commencement speech? If so – shame on him for grand standing, if not shame on him for visiting PA and not setting up camp in the gulf, since we all know he hates being in Washington.

    June 2, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. All the news that is fit to omit

    5 trips to Pa Sotero, how many to the gulf to gauge the oil spill?

    Maybe you should have run for the head of the DNC instead, that way you could just ruin that party and leave the rest of us non-sheep alone.

    Campaigner in chief who is a phony coward who I wouldn't vote for dog catcher.........

    I can see 2010 and 2102 from my house Sotero....

    June 2, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. Conservative and proud of it

    Obama forgets to tell Americans that when the Republicans controlled the House and Senate that the budget was at it's lowest since 2002 and unemployment was low and the economy was good. Then, in 2008 the Democrats took over. The budget almost doubled in 2008, and for 2009 the budget more than quadrupled. The kindest thing that can be said is that Obama is being insincere. The flat out truth is that he is distorting facts and leading the US down a path of self destruction, in short we are going to hell in a handbasket, and he is holding the basket.

    June 2, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. stevegee

    Obama and the liberals are trying to "change" our country into a socialist nightmare. Wake up people! In November 2010, vote American, vote Republican.

    June 2, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Oh puleeze! Stop making excuses for your opposition Mr. President. They've said no to EVERYTHING because they want YOU TO FAIL! Come on now, get WITH the program! You are a Christian Mr. President, THEY have but one God: MONEY. They couldn't give two pennies towards improving this country. Not even by way of apologizing for the crapper they put us in that YOU had to clean up.

    The GOP prays everyday for something else to befall you. Something else to distract you so that they can tell their share-a-tooth, inbred, racist, moronic supporters "See, a Black man CANNOT do this job, only we can. Vot us back in and we'll give you YOUR COUNTRY BACK!".

    All I can say is thank God you've got Michelle. She knows what they're up to. You can see it all over her face in moments when she forgets the camera is watching.

    We'll keep praying for you sir. We continue to stand with you.

    June 2, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. Tracy

    By all means, continue to blame all of your failures on those that came before.

    June 2, 2010 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  8. gt

    america is tireing of this ,, day after day campaining ,,nothing getting done....

    June 2, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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