In his prime-time address on Monday, President Obama invoked the words of President Reagan while urging members of Congress to compromise on a deal to reduce the deficit and raise the debt ceiling. Two can play at that game: In responding to Obama's remarks, lawmakers and pundits used Reagan's words to suggest that Obama is lacking in leadership skills. Watch in the video below.
In Debt Ceiling Deal, What Would Ronald Reagan Do?
Using the words of Reagan isn't a new strategy for the White House. Press secretary Jay Carney has also been reading old letters from the Gipper to support Obama's case on fiscal policy. A TV ad from House Democrats asks "What Would Reagan Do?," and Obama has pointed to his predecessor's ability to forge a debt-ceiling deal. He noted in a recent radio address that "Ronald Reagan worked with [then-House Speaker] Tip O'Neill and Democrats to cut spending, raise revenues, and reform Social Security."