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September 3rd, 2012
06:09 AM ET

Are you better off now than you were four years ago? Fmr. White House Advisor Richard Socarides says yes, Tea Party Express's Amy Kremer says no

The Democratic National Convention begins tomorrow and Democrats are coming to Charlotte, NC in a big way for their turn of political events. But Republicans are also descending on Charlotte this week to challenge the opposition. The critical question Democrats will be pressed to answer: Are Americans are better off now than they were four years ago?

Richard Socarides, former Clinton White House Special Assistant and Senior Advisor, says the US is better off than it was four years ago.

"I don't think it's that complicated a question because i think four years we were headed into a great depression," Socarides says on "Early Start." "The country was really struggling and headed in a much worse direction. I think four years into this we've made a lot of progress. We have a lot of work left to do, and I think that's why perhaps people are struggling. They don't want to sound like they're painting a rosy picture. We have a great deal of work to do. But this president has made a lot of progress."

Tea Party Express chairman Amy Kremer tells John Berman “I don’t think things are better.” Even in light of positive numbers in areas like job growth, GDP growth, home prices and consumer spending since 2009, Kremer doesn’t think those numbers are definitive enough.

“I think when people go to the polls in November, they’re going to be voting on one thing, and that’s the economy,” she says. “What we need to do is, we need to get rid of some of those overbearing regulations, simply our tax code, and create some confidence in Washington again so businesses will put money their back in their business and put people back to work.”

“When the median income is down $4000, and when gas is double in price and goods are more,” she says, “that’s what people are going to be voting on. People are not better off, families are hurting right now,” she says.

See more from their interview in the clip below.


Filed under: 2012 election • Politics
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  1. Dave Harper

    Are we better off than we were four years ago? Probably not. On the other hand, four years ago we were in bad shape and getting worse. Today we are in worse shape and getting better. I don't know about others, but I know which side of that curve I'd rather be on. From my perspective, the Tea Party is to American Politics what Al Qaeda is to Islam.

    September 23, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  2. Mark

    Yes. Making more money and housing is better. I understand how many are out of work, but there is work out there. I have seen so many situations where and individual would rather not work than take a lesser job or lesser paying job. The question is, do you want to feed your family or not?

    September 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Reply

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