It was billed as President Obama’s big speech on reducing the federal budget deficit. But the Wednesday afternoon address sounded at times like the speech he did not give when he launched his reelection campaign last week.
After months of carefully negotiating with congressional Republicans, often annoying his liberal base along the way, Obama repeatedly attacked the budget released by the House GOP last week in a sharp, partisan tone he has largely avoided since November’s elections.
In presenting his vision for reducing the budget deficit by $4 trillion over the next 12 years, he argued the difference between the Republican budget and his own vision was not just about policy but a larger philosophical gulf.
In the speech, he used as many words to attack the GOP proposal as to lay out his own. [...]
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