One Republican theme is, "Are you better off today than you were 4 years ago?"
Who was this first used by?
Was it effective for then?
How do Republicans answer this today?
How do Democrats answer this today?
President Ronald Reagan asked this question in 1980.
This statement made was effective during this time because economy was worsening and Americans were concerned.
Republicans today, would answer this question with a no. Simply because they feel President Obama has yet to make a dent in America's debt and unemployment crisis. Paul Ryan referred back to Ronald Reagan's words and directed them toward Obama's inability to improve economic problems.
As for Democrats, they feel the need to defend Obama and believe that Americans really are better off than they were before the president took office.
Originally the slogan, "Are you better off today than you were four years ago?", was used by Ronald Reagan during his presidential campaign, who actually took the idea from Franklin D. Roosevelt. Most recently, presidential candidate Mitt Romney asked this question to the country to encourage the american people to assess the job President Barack Obama has done for the country. Republicans would argue that the phrase is a good strategy since many Americans are not pleased with the shape of the economy and how it has affected the lifestyles of citizens. Also, the phrase proved to be successful for former president Ronald Reagan. On the other hand, Democrats would argue that the phrase misleads the general public into believing that the shape our country is solely to blame on Obama.
Ronald Reagan was the first person to use the slogan "are you better off than you were 4 years ago" when he ran for president in 1980. The slogan was effective enough for Reagan to become president in 1980. Republicans think that the country is worse today than it was 4 years ago; democrats believe that the country is better now than it was 4 years ago.- Savannah
Ronald Regan first used the quote "Are you better off now than you were four years ago?" The quote was used back in 1980 and now is being brought back in 2012 by Republicans. This quote was very effective back then because it made people think of if the United States was better in the four previous years before so that is why the Republicans are bringing it back. I think this quote may help they tremendously because really the United States hasn't changed much since Obama took office. We are still facing many of the same problems. Republicans answer this today by saying the United States has not gotten any better and needs a change while the Democrats answer this as, the United States has gotten better since Obama has taken office and there's no need for a change. Just keep moving FOWARD. <-----See what I did there, Obama thing.