Speaking at a fundraiser hauling in $500,000 for the Democratic party today, President Obama said that the Republican party is “betting on amnesia” going into the November election, as they have not had a “single, solitary” new idea.
“It's not like they've engaged in some heavy reflection,” Obama said of the Republican party in Atlanta today. “They have not come up with a single, solitary new idea to address the challenges of the American people. They don't have a single idea that's different from George Bush's ideas, not one. Instead, they're betting on amnesia.”
In a refrain that President Obama will likely say many times between now and the election, Obama told the crowd that the choice in the election is between going forward or going backward to the hurtful policies of the past.
“I do want to point out, when you get in your car, when you go forward, what do you do? You put it in ‘D.’ When you want to go back, what do you do? You put it in ‘R.’ We don't want to go into reverse back in the ditch. “
The president said that Republicans are much more interested in the next election rather than the next generation – and blasted the blockage of a vote on the small business jobs bill in the Senate.
“Republicans say they're the pro-business party. Isn't that what they say? You would think this is a bill that they would want to pass. And yet, day after day, week after week, they keep on stalling this bill and stonewalling this bill and opposing this bill. Why? Pure politics.”
Tickets to today’s fundraiser for the DNC started at $1000 each, and about 200 people were in attendance. One notable person not in attendance: former governor and current gubernatorial candidate, Roy Barnes.
The Barnes campaign said that he had previously scheduled campaign events and was not able to attend the fundraiser with the president today. But it also might be a matter of just smart politics, as Barnes tries to win office as a Democrat in a Republican stronghold that McCain carried in 2008.
-Yunji de Nies and Sunlen Miller