Obama: McCain and I weren't that different in 2008

Politics,Beltway Confidential,Charlie Spiering

"This year is going to be as stark a choice as we have seen -- a starker choice than we saw in 2008." said President Obama last night at his New York City fundraisers.

"In 2008, I was running against a Republican nominee who agreed that we should ban torture, agreed that we should close Guantanamo, believed in climate change, had worked on immigration reform," he said, "And so as profound as the differences were between myself and John McCain, there was some sense of convergence when it came to some very important issues."

Obama added, "If you’ve been listening to the Republican debates, they have moved. I’ve stayed here."

The president repeated the same McCain line at three fundraisers last night, pointing out that Republicans are more radical than ever.

"The Republicans in Congress, the candidates running for President, they’ve got a very specific idea about where they want to take this country."  Obama told supporters at the Apollo Theater, "They want to reduce the deficit by gutting our investments in education, by gutting our investments in research and technology, by letting our roads and our bridges and our airports deteriorate."


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