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Burgoo: Sept. 22

We keep hearing that President Barack Obama desperately needs to win back blue-collar whites in key swing states such as Pennsylvania. With Republicans accusing Obama of "class warfare," the White House should consider pointing out what happened the last time a Democratic president determined to hike taxes on the wealthy and corporations faced those charges. There are a host of differences between today and 1993, but as Obama sells his jobs and deficit plan, why not appropriate the Clinton legacy? By the end of Bill Clinton's presidency, the country had a surplus — and memories of the Clinton economy remain fond among blue-collar workers in swing states. Obama could work into his speeches mentions of Clinton's 1993 economic plan and the prosperity that followed. Obama could emphasize that Republicans derided Clinton's plan in terms identical to those we're hearing now. Obama could remind us that not a single Republican voted for it. Wrong then, wrong now.

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