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[T]he embattled Democratic incumbent also laid out his answer to the question Ronald Reagan posed to devastating effect in the 1980 election: “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?”

“The real question, the question that will actually make a difference in your life, in the lives of your children, is not just about how we’re doing today. It’s about how we’ll be doing tomorrow,” Obama said. “Will we be better off if more Americans get a better eduation? That’s the question. Will be be better off if we depend less on forign oil and more on our own ingenuity? That’s the question. Will we be better off if we start doing some nation building right here at home? That’s the question. Will we be better off if we bring down our deficit without gutting the very things we need to grow?”

A Republican official quickly noted that Obama, at a 2008 rally in Florida, had told voters: “The question in this election is not ‘Are you better off than you were four years ago?’ We know the answer to that. The real question is, ‘Will this country be better off four years from now?'”

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