Thursday, October 23, 2008



On Ronald Reagan:

Obama Can't Decide If He Should Praise Or Criticize President Reagan

"You know, I think that Ronald Reagan was delivering the right message at the right time. Because what had happened was I think the Democrats had gotten complacent, had gotten fat and happy. They thought you could get a government program to solve every problem. There wasn't much attention to how regulation might be choking business. And so Ronald Reagan came in and said we need to break out of the old ways of doing things and create a leaner, more effective government. That was the right message then." (Fox 13 Tampa Bay's "," 10/17/08)


"I spent a lifetime fighting against Ronald Reagan's policies." (Sen. Barack Obama, CNN Democrat Presidential Debate, Myrtle Beach, SC, 1/21/08)

On Iran:

"Iran is a major threat." (Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor," 9/4/08)


"I mean think about it. Iran, Cuba, Venezuela - these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don't pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us." (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks At Campaign Event, Pendleton, OR, 5/18/08)

"You know, Iran, they spend one-one hundredth of what we spend on the military. If Iran ever tried to pose a serious threat to us, they wouldn't stand a chance." (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks At Campaign Event, Pendleton, OR, 5/18/08)

On Tapping the S.P.R.:

Obama Is Proposing To Tap The Strategic Petroleum Reserve. "In a reversal, Barack Obama is proposing tapping the nation's strategic oil reserves to help drive down gasoline prices, his campaign said Monday." (Tom Raum, "Obama: Tap Nation's Oil Reserve To Help Gas Prices," The Associated Press, 8/4/08)


"I do not believe that we should use the strategic oil reserves at this point. I have said and, in fact, supported a congressional resolution that said that we should suspend putting more oil into the strategic oil reserve, but the strategic oil reserve, I think, has to be reserved for a genuine emergency. You have a situation, let's say, where there was a major oil facility in Saudi Arabia that was destroyed as a consequence of terrorist acts, and you suddenly had huge amounts of oil taken out of the world market, we wouldn't just be seeing $4-a-gallon oil. We could see a situation where entire sectors of the country had no oil to function at all. And that's what the strategic oil reserve has to be for." (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks At Media Availability, St. Louis, MO, 7/7/08)

On Nuclear Power:

"I actually think that we should explore nuclear power as part of the energy mix. There are no silver bullets to this issue." (CNN/YouTube Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Charleston, SC, 7/23/07)

"I don't think that we can take nuclear power off the table. What we have to make sure of is that we have the capacity to store it properly and safely, and that we reduce whatever threats might come from terrorism." (Sen. Barack Obama, MSNBC Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Hanover, NH, 9/26/07)

"I've said this before, I don't think that nuclear power is a panacea. But I also think that given that it doesn't emit greenhouse gases, for us to invest some R&D into seeing whether we can store nuclear waste safely, or reuse it. These are all areas where the market interacting with a clear set of rules by the federal government and billions of dollars devoted to research and development can, I think, trigger the kind of economic growth that we haven't seen in this country for a long time." (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks At Meeting With Democrat Governors, Chicago, IL, 6/20/08)


"I start off with the premise that nuclear energy is not optimal. I am not a nuclear energy proponent." (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks At Town Hall Event, Newton, IA, 12/30/07)

CHANGE….now I get it.

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