Mitt Romney is trying to tag Obama with the “L” word: liberal. In a campaign speech today in Michigan, Romney started hammering away at that word.
Here are some excerpts from the middle of the speech:
- President Obama chose to apply liberal ideas of the past to a 21st century America. Liberal policies didn’t work then, they haven’t worked over the last four years, and they won’t work in the future. … “
- Old-school liberals saw a problem and thought a government-run program was the answer. Obamacare is the fulfillment of their dreams. …
- Liberalism once taught that unions would ensure lasting prosperity for workers. …
- The liberals of the past raised taxes, often with little thought of how they would hurt small business, and the economy. …
- Old-school liberals envisioned government guiding and providing every need of every citizen. …
- What does it say about the fiction of old liberalism to insist that good jobs and good schools and good wages will result from policies that have failed us, time and again?
This is new rhetoric from Romney.
In the past his speeches rarely if ever mention “liberals” or “liberalism.”
The most times he used variations of the L-word in one speech was three, and that was at the Conservative Political Action Committee this year. He more than doubled that today. And he added a spin: it isn’t just liberal, it is “old” or worse “old-school liberalism.”
Hat tip to National Review’s Katrina Trinko, who also picked up on this.
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