In 2008, Presidential Candidate Barack Obama criticized John McCain for proposing budget cuts to Medicare. As president, Barack Obama cut Medicare by $716 billion to fund The Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”).
Just in time for the start of the Republican National Convention this week, Romney’s team is out with an ad spot featuring clips of Barack Obama in the 2008 election geared at nailing the label of Medicare-slasher on Obama.
The commercial shows Obama attacking John McCain for his plan to make cuts in Medicare. Amusingly, Obama’s rationale at the time was strikingly similar to the one the Romney campaign is using for its Medicare-themed attacks on Obama.
“Senator McCain would pay for part of his plan by making drastic cuts in Medicare, $882 billion worth,” Obama claims in the video clip. “I don’t think that’s right. In fact, it ain’t right.” The Romney then reinforces: “As president, Barack Obama cut $700 billion from Medicare to pay for Obamacare.”
Romney has been using “Candidate Obama” to attack President Obama since the beginning of the 2012 presidential advertising war. It is supposed to tug at voters’ disappointment and remind them that Obama’s presidency has not been as successful as they’d once hoped. While the Medicare attack Romney is using is misleading, so was Obama’s in 2008, making it nearly impossible for the Obama campaign to complain about dirty politics when they’ve dabbled in the same tactics.