Quote of the Day – Obama at the Center… Where did the Republicans go?

“I think it’s important to remember that the positions I’m taking now on the budget and a host of other issues, if we had been having this discussion 20 years ago, or even 15 years ago, would have been considered squarely centrist positions. What’s changed is the center of the Republican Party.”

– President Obama

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The President spoke at an Associated Press luncheon yesterday and reminded campaign journalists about the false-equivalence fallacy:

“I think that there is often times the impulse to suggest that if the two parties are disagreeing, then they’re equally at fault and the truth lies somewhere in the middle, and an equivalence is presented — which reinforces I think people’s cynicism about Washington generally.”

Note that Obama changed his position on the mandate policy, but remember that the mandate was a conservative idea, embraced by Republican policymakers for years.

Obama went from supporting a single-payer plan during the 2008 campaign to supporting a plan designed by Mitt Romney in Massachusetts and backed by moderate Republicans throughout the ’90s.

Does this strike you as Obama moving to the left? As the Republicans look to tear down the plan they had previously recommended, who is really moving away from the center?

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Posted on April 5, 2012, in Announcement, budget, campaign, Congress, Economics, election, Finance, government, history, News, Opinion, Politics, President Obama, primaries, quote, vote, Warning, Word from Bill and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

    • The fact you think Mitt Romney is a conservative shows how little you know about the American political system. You just disqualified you entire post with that one comment, congratulations.

      (btw, thank you for allowing my last comment, now lets see if this one get through as you have had trouble allowing follow up comments in the past)

      • Check the column on the right for my rule of three… if you push the same negative stuff three times, THEN you get on the spam list.

        BTW, if Romney is NOT a conservative then a whole lot ofRepublicans are being bamboozled.

      • Thanks for the heads up, I will do my best not to break those rules. Please let me know if I do and I will make the correction.

        As for Romney being a conservative, I think you are mistaken a Republican for a conservative. Many, if not most, Republicans are not conservatives. They like to call themselves that to garner the votes of conservatives, but their fiscal policies have demonstrated their lack of compliance with conservative policies.

        Romney is a center left Republican at best, I would classify him more of a progressive Republican, like Bush and McCain.

        Thank you for giving me the opportunity to express my opinion on this topic.

  1. Not that you will post this because you sensor your comments but….

    Name one conservative that ever suggested the unconstitutional mandate for healthcare?

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