President Obama’s reelection campaign isn’t running against the specter of former President George W. Bush, said a top voice for the president’s 2012 campaign.
Robert Gibbs, the former White House press secretary-turned-campaign surrogate, accused the field of Republican presidential candidates of reviving the policies that caused the current economic difficulties. But that doesn’t mean the Obama campaign’s running against Bush, Gibbs maintained.
“We’re not running against George W. Bush,” he said on MSNBC, explaining that it’s just many of the policies of Bush “But many of the policies that got us into the mess that we’re trying to dig out of now, are the same policies that the frontrunners for the Republican nomination seek to go back to.”
“You’re going have a choice between going forward or going backward to a lot of the problems that got us into this mess,” Gibbs said, referencing a top tier of GOP candidates that includes Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.). “I think there’s going to be a very clear choice in this election in 2012.”