As the campaign hits its final stretch, President Barack Obama has begun aggressively promoting his agenda for the next four years.
The plan, titled “Blueprint for America’s Future,” is a 20 page booklet highlighting President Obama’s plans to encourage American energy production, improve education, continue to strengthen health care, and preserving the social safety net (among other proposals.) Politico reports that the Obama campaign says 3.5 million copies of the booklet are being printed, with 1.5 million copies being sent to field offices.
The Obama campaign may have decided to release a detailed compilation of the president’s second-term plans to rebut the constant Republican criticism that Obama has failed to lay out clear proposals for the next four years. Although the talking point is not true — Obama has actually been rather straightforward about his agenda — it nevertheless seemed to be gaining traction, giving the campaign reason to push back.
In addition to the booklet, the Obama campaign also released a new television ad this morning in which Obama briefly recaps the accomplishments of his first term, and then highlights the topics covered in the “Blueprint for America’s Future.”
“There’s just no quit in America and you’re seeing that right now,” Obama says directly into the camera. Soon after, he lays out his blueprint: “Making education and training a national priority; building on our manufacturing boom; boosting American-made energy; reducing the deficits responsibly by cutting where we can, and asking the wealthy to pay a little more. And ending the war in Afghanistan, so we can do some nation-building here at home. That’s the right path.”
President Obama also pushed the Blueprint for America’s Future at a campaign rally in Delray Beach, Florida.
“I’ve laid out a plan for jobs and middle-class security. And unlike Mitt Romney, I’m actually proud to talk about what’s in it — because my plan actually will move America forward,” Obama said. “And by the way, the math in my plan adds up,” the president added in a shot at Mitt Romney’s flawed jobs plan.
For its part, the Romney campaign responded to Obama’s second term plan by calling it a “glossy panic button.”
The Blueprint for America’s Future is available in its entirety online, via Politico:
–Cover and “Economy”
–“Manufacturing” and “Energy”
–“Small Businesses” and “Education”
–“Tax Plan” and “Health Care”
–“Retirement” and “Moving America Forward”