CHARLOTTE — Democrats should not shy away from answering the question about whether Americans are “better off” after four years of Barack Obama’s presidency, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Monday.
“I think Democrats should welcome that question,” Pelosi said during a roundtable meeting with reporters at the Huffington Post Oasis in downtown Charlotte, where convention-goers can stop in for free spa services. “Especially considering the source of who’s asking it. Mitt Romney? Mitt Romney? Paul Ryan?”
Originally used by Ronald Reagan against Jimmy Carter in 1980, the question, “are you better off than you were four years ago,” has reemerged as a major theme of Republican counter-programming at the Democratic National Convention. During an interview with ABC News Sunday, Obama senior advisor David Plouffe declined to answer the same question, but Pelosi on Monday pushed back against the Republican talking point.
“Our country is better off. Our country is better off than where we were,” she said.