Marco Rubio, during an address at the annual South Carolina Republican Party’s Silver Elephant Banquet Saturday night, called President Barack Obama the most “divisive figure in modern American history.” (Via CNN):
“For all the policy disagreements that we have with our president, it is hard to understate how much he inspired people across this country four years ago,” Rubio said at a fundraising dinner for South Carolina Republicans.
The man who currently occupies the White House, he explained, “is a very different person.”
“We have not seen such a divisive figure in modern American history as we have over the last three and a half years,” Rubio said.
“They get frustrated,” he said. “They can’t win on their record. And so they have chosen to go down a different road, one that I think is destructive, counterproductive and very unfortunate.”
He accused the Obama campaign of attempting to “pit Americans against each other” by engaging in class warfare and unfairly attacking Republicans on gender issues.
“Never have we seen such an effort to divide the American people in an effort to win an election as we have today,” Rubio said.
Well, the Florida Senator does have a point. After all, last week the Obama campaign released a deeply divisive and unfair attack ad against Bain Capital portraying Mitt Romney as a capitalistic “vampire” who laid off thousands of workers at a steel plant in Missouri to maximize profits. Indeed, it’s a nice narrative that resonates well with the left, but as fact checkers recently pointed out, it’s simply not true. The outsourcing at the company in question – GST Steel – took place in 2000 and 2001…about a year after Romney left his post at Bain Capital. But hey, facts are inconvenient things when you’re running for reelection at a time when the unemployment rate is above 8 percent and millions of Americans can’t find work. Divide and Conquer!
By contrast, Mitt Romney is running a much more positive campaign. In his first general election television advertisement, for example, he outlined three policies he’d pursue the first day of his presidency to make the United States a more free and prosperous nation.
Exit question: What solutions has President Obama proposed to lower unemployment, balance the budget, and reduce the national deficit? Oh, right.