Obama Faces Division As Democratic National Convention Approaches
At a campaign speech this week in Iowa, Obama told voters that he plans to offer “a better path forward” at this week’s DNC, touching on health-care options for the middle class, and aid for returning veterans, college students and small businesses, Globe Gazette reported.
However, Republicans disagree, that Obama will lead the country towards a more prosperous future. Last week, during the GOP National Convention, campaign spokesman Ryan Williams said that the Obama administration has set the country on a “road to declining incomes, higher unemployment and more uncertainty for the middle class,” ABC News reported.
“In the face of a record of failure, he offered no new solutions, just misleading attacks,” Williams said.
Obama has dismissed the points brought up by the Republican National Convention, calling them a 'rerun' of ideas from 'last century,’ Newsday reported. In fact, Obama has argued that most of the positions taken by his administration have earned bipartisan support, the Hill reported.
"Republican voters, if you ask them about my particular policy positions, often agree with me," said Obama, "So there’s a difference between Republicans in Washington and Republican and Republican-leaning voters around the country."
Still, despite his words, many Republicans see Obama as a "socialist," the Los Angeles Times reported. In fact, the Times wrote that the partisan gap in views of Obama is among the largest in modern history, only exceeded by the division over former president George W. Bush.
“They express fears that he seeks to radically transform the country. Polls repeatedly have shown Republican voters expressing pessimism about the country's future and worrying that the U.S. has been set on a path toward decline,” the Times reported.
Current polls in North Carolina, a swing state that Obama won in 2008 may reflect those thoughts. Many political analysts have said that the state is now tilting to Romney, the Reflector reported.
"It took nearly a perfect situation for Obama to pull out a slim victory in 2008," says John Davis, a political analyst based in North Carolina. "Now all the momentum is going the Republicans' way."
While defending the president, White House senior advisor David Plouffe said that the Romney campaign is “built on a tripod of lies” and criticized the campaign for attacking President Obama on welfare, Medicare and small businesses, ABC News reported.
However, when asked whether Americans are better off than they were four years ago, even after being pressed “multiple times” on the issue, Plouffe “notably” refused to say comment, the article noted.
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