During his 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama went after his political rivals for using “stale tactics to scare voters.” However, recently Obama has taken to upping the ante on the dangers of the Republican budget proposed by Paul Ryan, even referring to it at one point at “thinly veiled social Darwinism.” On Fox News Sunday today, Chris Wallace asked Obama advisor David Axelrod if Obama is now using the same tactics he once fought against.
Axelrod argued there is an important difference between fear tactics and a willingness to call our one’s political rivals if they feel they’re going too far outside the mainstream. He criticized the Ryan budget for cutting into essential government services and the social safety net, while being too friendly to wealthy Americans. Wallace noted the increasingly fiery and partisan rhetoric President Obama seems to be using more often, adding that the budget aims to close loopholes for the wealthy and does not cut spending, but reduces “the rate of growth in spending.”
Axelrod continued to argue that any limits on spending to entitlement programs would mean that people won’t be able to access essential services. He also said he was waiting to hear what offsets the Republicans have planned to smooth out their budget proposal.
Watch the video below, courtesy of Fox:
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