Voters question if they are better off than four years ago
Former Reagan economic advisor weighs in
- Duration 5:27
- Date Aug 8, 2012
Former Reagan economic advisor weighs in
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Said today voters have ninety days left to make up their minds about their choice for president and while many debate what's truly framing this election today's front page of the Wall Street Journal says.
It's a familiar theme one that we first heard.
When Ronald Reagan was right and -- reading against president Jimmy Carter.
And the question is are you better off than you were four years ago Reagan asked that question.
-- voters on national TV back in 1980 just days before the election.
Normally you might hear just one line of what he had to say -- today we're gonna show you a little bit more so we can talk about why decades later.
It might still drive an election take a lesson.
Next Tuesday all of you will go to the polls.
-- stand there in the polling place and make a decision.
I think when you make that decision it might be well if you would ask yourself.
Are you better off.
Then you were four years ago.
Is it easier for you to go and buy things in the stores and was four years ago.
Is there more or less unemployment in the country -- know -- four years ago.
Has respected throughout the world as -- -- You feel that our security.
It is as safe that we're as strong as we were four years ago.
And if you answer all those questions yes why -- I think your choice is very obvious to who you vote for.
If you don't agree.
If you don't think that this course that we've been on for the last four years is what she would like to see us follow for the next four.
I could suggest another choice that you -- Our Laffer was -- -- president Reagan's chief economic advisors he's it is also part.
Ronald Reagan's advisory team when he made that famous address you probably remember that well -- Is the question the same this time around.
It is the same I mean it's just lovely -- that -- that do you see out softly spoken he was he wasn't yelling or screaming you're.
Any of the hyper rhetoric it's just very simply.
Do you want four more years of what you've just had in the answer.
It's yours to make -- mean.
It all elections are referendum on the incumbent and Reagan made that very very clear beautifully set -- -- -- I think it's the same today.
Is it just in the Wall Street -- Went to Allentown Pennsylvania.
And they interviewed a whole bunch of different people about how they feel about the economy compared to four years ago.
And most of the folks they talked you said well yes and I better profit -- for years ago because they have a job maybe several jobs maybe I'm just squeaking by.
But if I look back to that the depth of the recession.
I guess -- better off that seem to be the answer so.
How to Republicans work with that it's not bad is it wise.
Will not maybe as good as it in the -- and some would like to beat.
Well you don't I mean it -- -- people have the right to choose their own governments and you know of that.
That's their choice and what you want to do is give them a picture what the future will be.
Under Jimmy under Ronald Reagan when Jimmy Carter or under Barack Obama and Mitt Romney and then you make your case and they make their choice remember -- though that people do deserve the governments they get.
And the cases I don't think we're better off than we were four years ago and I think this has been the worst single recovery in the history of the United States and -- the data show that but if other people disagree.
Let him keep him for four more years and see how you like it.
He is saying based on what you -- working with the -- -- -- Nissan talk about the economy and in so many different ways it so many different points of the economy that he saw during his terms.
Do you think Republicans have done a good enough job.
In Mitt Romney team specifically laying out exactly what their economy would look like and what exactly -- economic policies would be.
-- what you can't be exactly mean he's not president he doesn't have all the information.
But -- you know I think Mitt Romney today is as good as Ronald Reagan was at this exact same time.
Now Ronald Reagan -- -- and -- probably be one of the greatest presidents in US history.
Andy did it really well but I think Mitt Romney is fine I thought the 59 points were good points but I'd like five points better than I -- fifty.
Thinking when he gives you gotta put my index cards don't care worker I I -- if he doesn't like I was gonna catch up.
You're thinking really it doesn't -- -- said that you believe that Mitt Romney.
Is as good as Ronald Reagan wise at this point in his yes chain why is that.
Well I think what he's propose it pretty good.
If you look at the proposal on the tax cuts it's very similar he's proposed all sorts of policies out there that are very explicit.
I mean you know with the -- and all of that I think Mitt Romney's done a great job and I think Ronald Reagan did as well.
But Ronald Reagan evolved -- being really great and I think Mitt Romney has the potential.
-- be really great as well it's again -- you know if that's all future -- it is the future and.
You know sometimes the future doesn't come out the way you like it too but I think would Mitt Romney -- to a great job as president.
It's it's it paid good backup plan that we -- Ronald Reagan it was only a few days before I did the election so a lot can happen -- that reminder francs ninety days.
Before the election that a lot can change are we look for -- and only one poll that matters.
Are -- -- sort of talking to you over the next and I think it -- you very much pleasure.