"The federal government stands $16.4 trillion in debt, three times the debt level inherited by George W. Bush just twelve years ago." *** This phrasing obfuscates the debt that Bush added by himself.
"A Republican House majority, a Democrat-controlled Senate and President Obama spending us deeper into these dangerous red-ink depths..." *** This phrasing obfuscates by mentioning Democrats twice and Republicans once. It does nothing to point out that full or partial control by Republicans or Democrats has essentially zero effect on deficit spending.
The only obvious element to either parties approach is what I mentioned, either guns or welfare.