‘Are Americans better off': an adjustment to the answer?

ABC News explores an apparent adjustment to way Democrats are addressing the question, "Are Americans better off than they were four years ago."

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley yesterday on CBS was asked if Americans are better off than they were four years ago. ”No, but that’s not the question of this election. The question, without a doubt, we are not as well off as we were before George Bush brought us the Bush job losses, the Bush recession, the Bush deficits, the series of desert wars — charged for the first time to credit cards, the national credit card.”

O’Malley today on CNN: “We are clearly better off as a country because we’re now creating jobs rather than losing them.”

On Sunday, David Plouffe, a top adviser to President Obama, would not give a direct yes/no answer to the question of whether Americans are better off than they were four years ago. Monday morning, however, Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said Americans are "absolutely" better off than they were four years ago. 

At a campaign stop in North Carolina on Monday, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan intends to ask the "are you better off than you were four years ago" question.

Updated at 10:09 a.m.

 

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.

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