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Obama says he'd be seen as moderate Republican in 1980s
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Posted on 12/14/2012 8:30:56 AM PST by Sub-Driver

Obama says he'd be seen as moderate Republican in 1980s By Ian Swanson - 12/14/12 06:49 AM ET

President Obama said his economic policies are "so mainstream" he'd be considered a moderate Republican in the 1980s.

In a Thursday interview with a Miami-based local television station, Obama said he thinks few people believe he wants to impose socialism on the country.

"The truth of the matter is that my policies are so mainstream that if I had set the same policies that I had back in the 1980s, I would be considered a moderate Republican," he told Noticias Univision 23 in a White House interview.

"I mean, what I believe in is a tax system that is fair," he continued. "I don't think government can solve every problem. I think that we should make sure that we're helping young people go to school. We should make sure that our government is building good roads and bridges and hospitals and airports so that we have a good infrastructure.

"I do believe that it makes sense that everyone in America, as rich as this country is, shouldn't go bankrupt because someone gets sick, so the things I believe in are essentially the same things your viewers believe in," Obama said.

Conservatives frequently raise concern that Obama has turned the U.S. toward socialism, pointing to Obama's healthcare law and the stimulus bill the president championed shortly after taking office.

After Obama won reelection, former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Fox News said his win would be catastrophic for the U.S. economy because "Obama's socialist policies" will "destroy America's working class as he outsources opportunities."

Obama made the latest comments in response to a question about why he did well in the election with Cuban-American voters in Florida who could be concerned about the U.S. moving toward socialism because of their experiences with Fidel Castro.

"I don't know that there are a lot of Cubans or Venezuelans, Americans who believe that," Obama said.

The president is locked in negotiations with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and congressional Republicans over a deficit-reduction package, and is demanding tax hikes on wealthier households. Republicans want Obama to agree to deeper spending cuts and reforms to entitlement programs.

"We can responsibly cut our deficit while at the same time doing those things that we need to grow," Obama said Thursday. "But we can't do it if people like me aren't willing to pay a little bit more in taxes.

"You know, we could balance our deficit just by cutting our way out of our problem. But that would mean that senior citizens would pay a lot more for Medicare," he continued. "It would mean that young people who are currently going to college might not get the same financial aid. And my attitude is: They need more help than I do, and that's why we need a balanced approach."

Here's a full transcript of the interview with Obama:

AMA: What do you say to Americans who are worried, but at the same time do not really understand what the fiscal cliff is? Do you really believe there will be a resolution before the year ends?

PBO: Well, first of all, things are not that complicated. Right now, if Congress does nothing, on January 1, taxes go up for every American family. And for the average middle-class family, you're looking at $2,000 out of your pocket. And that means $200 billion in consumer spending that suddenly goes away because it's being taxed. Obviously, it's a huge strain on families that are struggling in Florida or elsewhere. And so what we've said is our first step in resolving the fiscal cliff is to do something the Democrats and Republicans both say they want to do, which is, "Don't let taxes go up for middle-class families." The Senate has already passed that bill. Democrats in the House are ready to pass that bill, and all we need is House Republicans to go ahead and say, "You're right. For 98 percent of Americans, for all incomes under $250,000, your taxes shouldn't go up." That would take away a lot of the anxiety for most families. And we want to make sure that the families tell their story about what $2,000 would mean to them so we're -- if you've got a Twitter account, you can go to #My2k that allows you to tell your story, we collected 300,000 so far, but what we also need to do to reduce our deficit in a responsible way, that means revenue, asking the wealthiest to pay a little bit more taxes, protecting middle-class families. Then cutting out some programs that we don't need, passing responsible spending cuts. And I hope that we can get this resolved. I'm prepared to do it and put forward a plan that is balanced. That's what most Americans want. We just need, you know, for Speaker Boehner and the House Republicans to step up and say they are ready to get going.

AMA: Mr. President, Latinos come to the U.S. in order to achieve the American dream; however those immigrants as well as younger generations will inherit an extraordinary amount of debt. What do you think?

PBO: Well, I think that's why we need a responsible debt-reduction package. And we can do this without hurting our investment in things like education, protecting our seniors and Medicare. We can responsibly cut our deficit while at the same time doing those things that we need to grow. But we can't do it if people like me aren't willing to pay a little bit more in taxes. You know, we could balance our deficit just by cutting our way out of our problem. But that would mean that senior citizens would pay a lot more for Medicare. It would mean that young people who are currently going to college might not get the same financial aid. And my attitude is: They need more help than I do, and that's why we need a balanced approach.

AMA: Mr. President, regarding the past election, were you surprised that a lot more Cuban-Americans voted for you than in the previous election and to what do you attribute that?

PBO: Well, I obviously am very pleased to have won Florida although I do want to get the results sooner next time. So that's something I want -

AMA: But the Cuban American vote.

PBO: -- Yes, we have seen a steady increase in support for the -- in the Cuban-American community since 2008. I think the outreach that we've done, some of the steps we've taken, for example, to allow remittances back to Cuba while still holding a firm line that we have to make sure that political prisoners are freed and that freedom of speech and religion takes place inside of Cuba. I think that that approach, that practical common-sense approach to a Cuba policy is something that the Cuban-Americans definitely care about. And I also think the Cuban-American community understands, the same way most Americans understand, that we're a nation of immigrants, that we should embrace our diversities, that we should pass comprehensive immigration reform, that we should make sure that our economic policy is focused on middle-class families, and not just those at the very top. So a lot of the issues that are important to all Americans are also important to Cuban-Americans.

AMA: One issue that Cuban-Americans are worried about is, they believe that you favor a socialist model for our country. Cubans and Venezuelans especially because of what they have gone through. What do you think of that?

PBO: I don't know that there are a lot of Cubans or Venezuelans, Americans who believe that. The truth of the matter is that my policies are so mainstream that if I had set the same policies that I had back in the 1980s, I would be considered a moderate Republican. I mean, what I believe in is a tax system that is fair. I don't think government can solve every problem. I think that we should make sure that we're helping young people go to school. We should make sure that our government is building good roads and bridges and hospitals and airports so that we have a good infrastructure. I do believe that it makes sense that everyone in America, as rich as this country is, shouldn't go bankrupt because someone gets sick, so the things I believe in are essentially the same things your viewers believe in.

AMA: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, is in Cuba, had surgery and has already named a successor. What message do you have for the Venezuelan people, in Venezuela and Miami, regarding the future of their country without Chavez possibly?

PBO: The most important thing is to remember that the future of Venezuela should be in the hands of the Venezuelan people. We've seen from Chavez in the past authoritarian policies, suppression of dissent. I won't speculate on what the medical condition is, but what our policy is constantly designed to do is to make sure that you have the voices of ordinary Venezuelans expressing themselves that they have freedom, that they're able to if they're working hard to succeed in that country, and we would want to see a strong relationship between our two countries, but we're not going to change policies that prioritize making sure that there's freedom in Venezuela.

AMA: Also, Mr. President, why reach out to the local media. I’m from a local TV station in Miami, why reach out to us?

PBO: One thing that I found is so important during the course of the campaign is that the conversation here in Washington isn't the same as the conversation out in the country. The people are worried about paying their bills, about paying their mortgage, about the quality of their schools, about getting their kids to college, big potholes in roads, flooding, making sure that we have safe streets. And so when I -- whenever I talk to local stations where what I find is the ability to reach more Americans, and in resolving issues like the fiscal cliff here, it's so important that members of Congress hear from people back home. So I'm hoping that if one thing comes out of this -- this interview, I'm hoping that people will watch me and say, "You know what? I want to reach out to my member of Congress and say, 'Compromise. Let's go ahead and get this thing solved. Let's think about the country first and not politics first.'"


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1 posted on 12/14/2012 8:30:59 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Funny. I see him as anti-Christ in 2012.


2 posted on 12/14/2012 8:31:46 AM PST by pgkdan (We are witnessing the modern sack of Rome. The barbarians have taken over.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I was looking for a ‘satire’ tag here.

The Republican Party was Reagan’s in the 1980s. Marxists like Obama would have been Marxists then too.


3 posted on 12/14/2012 8:33:45 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Sub-Driver

What is that old expression about people believing a huge lie before a little one?


4 posted on 12/14/2012 8:33:47 AM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Regans Shoes


5 posted on 12/14/2012 8:34:21 AM PST by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: Sub-Driver

One of these days lightning is going to strike the SOB while he’s lying.


6 posted on 12/14/2012 8:34:33 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the state." - Cornelius Tacitus, Roman Senator)
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To: Sub-Driver

is he that stupid? yes he is.

is the MSM that stupid? Yes it is

He is a communist/fascist POS.

for old people like me, you cannot make a statement like that.

I was there, then.

bobo


7 posted on 12/14/2012 8:35:13 AM PST by bobo1 (I)
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To: Sub-Driver

If anyone from the ‘80s saw the treason and lies committed
by the Undocumented Obama daily, they would
NEVER believe (NEVER, EVER) that America would
elect (even by fraud) the Tyrant to be the pRes_ _ ent.


8 posted on 12/14/2012 8:35:44 AM PST by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: Sub-Driver

No wonder my bullshit detector has been going off!


9 posted on 12/14/2012 8:35:51 AM PST by NRA1995 (CNN should be PNN (Propaganda, Never News))
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To: Sub-Driver

Too much weed.


10 posted on 12/14/2012 8:37:23 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Sub-Driver

The man is clearly delusional.


11 posted on 12/14/2012 8:37:23 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Sub-Driver
PBO: Well, I obviously am very pleased to have won Florida although I do want to get the results sooner next time. So that's something I want -

I wonder what 'next time' he has in mind.
12 posted on 12/14/2012 8:38:43 AM PST by posterchild
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To: Sub-Driver

The man ain’t never, no-how, no-way, been raised in this country, hasn’t got a clue what happened in the 80’s because of his self-indulgent CHOAM-ing, and has no idea what has made America great, and only seeks vengeance on what he calls ‘colonialist societies’, because of what happened to his so-called father, (which I doubt is true).

He was raised by an ex-patriated woman who hated America, who should have been stopped, when she presented her passport.


13 posted on 12/14/2012 8:40:14 AM PST by Terry L Smith
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To: Colonel_Flagg

What! Have I been living in a parallel universe? Did he read his own book? He thinks people are bloody idiots.


14 posted on 12/14/2012 8:40:14 AM PST by Bitsy
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To: Sub-Driver

Yeah, he’s about as mainstream as his wife’s not fat.

A parallel universe.


15 posted on 12/14/2012 8:40:59 AM PST by laweeks
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To: Sub-Driver

“Obama says he’d be seen as moderate Republican in 1980s”

He actually meant he would have been seen as a moderate member of the Soviet Politburo in the 80’s.

I would agree.


16 posted on 12/14/2012 8:41:53 AM PST by HereInTheHeartland (Witty saying goes here...)
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To: Sub-Driver

Yeah, President Reagan was all for “gay marriage” and euthanasia. [/sarc]


17 posted on 12/14/2012 8:43:55 AM PST by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Moderate Republican? Pfft commie bastard

The Kenyan had a secret group of behavioral science experts advising him. I think he employs a form of Jedi mind control. Some form of psychological suggestion.


18 posted on 12/14/2012 8:45:16 AM PST by y6162
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To: pgkdan

Funny isn’t it? I see him as also the Anti-Christ. However I do not believe he is the main Anti but I do believe he will usher him in. No doubt the morons who voted for this POS just buried themselves 6 feet under just for FREE stuff. Unfortunately the innocent ones who didn’t vote for this Kenyan imposter will suffer.


19 posted on 12/14/2012 8:46:57 AM PST by Patriot Babe
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To: Colonel_Flagg

“The Republican Party was Reagan’s in the 1980s. Marxists like Obama would have been Marxists then too.”

Well said.

Reagan would be cringing over the massive expansion of government and its attendant burdensome regulations which choke American businesses and the economy.

I’m not sure if Obama is just cynically playing the media and the people by stating he’d be considered a moderate Republican in the 1980s or whether he is so self-deluded that he actually believes his own propaganda. Either way or a combination of both he’s still a jackass.


20 posted on 12/14/2012 8:48:44 AM PST by AtlasStalled
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Well, technically, he said “moderate” Republican, which then and now is a RINO who bitterly opposed Reagan and everything he stood for, and so in that respect, he’s actually right (for once).


21 posted on 12/14/2012 8:50:59 AM PST by Behind the Blue Wall
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To: Sub-Driver

So he is saying the country has become more conservative? What was considered moderate in the eighties is now considered socialist? I can’t follow the twisted threads of this skull case’s thinking.


22 posted on 12/14/2012 8:51:39 AM PST by firebrand
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To: Sub-Driver

Obama says he’d be seen as moderate Republican in 1980s -—actually he would be a drug dealing, crack smoking homo like he was.


23 posted on 12/14/2012 8:52:20 AM PST by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: Sub-Driver
On what planet in what Galaxy?
24 posted on 12/14/2012 8:52:51 AM PST by bmwcyle (We have gone over the cliff and we are about to hit the bottom)
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To: Sub-Driver

He sounds like he’s back on the nose candy again.


25 posted on 12/14/2012 8:53:36 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: Sub-Driver

He must be speaking in the context of Iran, not America.


26 posted on 12/14/2012 8:54:07 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Capitol to the districts: "May the odds be ever in your favor.")
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To: Patriot Babe

Me too. I don’t see him as THE Beast...just a beast. He’s just a POS minion.


28 posted on 12/14/2012 8:57:05 AM PST by pgkdan (We are witnessing the modern sack of Rome. The barbarians have taken over.)
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To: Sub-Driver

This alleged human obama, is delusional.


29 posted on 12/14/2012 8:57:43 AM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“PBO: Well, I obviously am very pleased to have won Florida although I do want to get the results sooner next time.”

Next time???


30 posted on 12/14/2012 9:02:06 AM PST by Gator113 (**WHO in the hell gave the damn order to NOT rescue our men in Benghazi?**)
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To: Behind the Blue Wall
Well, technically, he said “moderate” Republican, which then and now is a RINO who bitterly opposed Reagan and everything he stood for, and so in that respect, he’s actually right (for once).

Zero isn't moderate in any way. The type of Republican he's describing is actually Mitt "I Don't Want To Return to Reagan/Bush" Romney.

31 posted on 12/14/2012 9:04:36 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Sub-Driver

The really sad thing is that Obama and his followers really believe that they ARE mainstream moderates. That is why it is impossible to deal with them on rational grounds.


33 posted on 12/14/2012 9:11:28 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Sub-Driver
Obama says he'd be seen as moderate Republican in 1980s

This must be what going mad feels like.

34 posted on 12/14/2012 9:17:26 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Big Bird is a brood parasite: laid in our nest 43 years ago and we are still feeding him.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Uyghur, PLEASE!
35 posted on 12/14/2012 9:22:52 AM PST by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: Feckless

What is this jerk’s obsession with roads and bridges? He keeps saying that roads and bridges lead to prosperity as if it were true.

Communist countries have lots of roads and bridges, but no prosperity.


36 posted on 12/14/2012 9:28:01 AM PST by mrs9x
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To: Sub-Driver
In the 1980s, Bath-house Barry Benghazi would have been viewed as slightly to the left of Leonid Brezhnev.

Even Tip O'Neill would have been wondering "What's this communistic ass-clown doing in my Democrat Party?"

37 posted on 12/14/2012 9:33:33 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg
Zero isn't moderate in any way. The type of Republican he's describing is actually Mitt "I Don't Want To Return to Reagan/Bush" Romney.

Which is why I put "moderate" in quotes. Mitt Romney in the 1980's and all the way through his time as Governor of Massachusetts was basically a liberal. Gay marriage. Universal health care. Tax increases.

38 posted on 12/14/2012 9:48:16 AM PST by Behind the Blue Wall
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To: Behind the Blue Wall

And on the former two on your list, he still is.

And given that his mushy moderate buddies now control the Republican Party, the third can’t be ascertained with any degree of certainty.


39 posted on 12/14/2012 9:50:25 AM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Sub-Driver

He’s a communist muslim and always has been!


40 posted on 12/14/2012 9:55:41 AM PST by dalereed
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To: pgkdan

He’s completely nuts!


41 posted on 12/14/2012 10:03:40 AM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: Sub-Driver

He says a lot but I’ve yet to see an ounce of truth in any of it.


42 posted on 12/14/2012 10:36:10 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: Sub-Driver

To quote Rosie O’onnell, “Deloooosional!”


43 posted on 12/14/2012 10:41:56 AM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Sub-Driver

So we have confirmation that O has never studied history.


44 posted on 12/14/2012 11:35:06 AM PST by Pietro
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To: Pietro

nobama is seen as the “biggest loser” now ...and then. nobama is correct on one thing: his self-loathing is correct.


45 posted on 12/14/2012 12:14:19 PM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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