Statements about Bush Administration

When Republicans last controlled the presidency and Congress, "the number of people on food stamps (and) the number of people in low-income housing went through the roof."  

Says in 2000, Fox News broke the story of George W. Bush’s drunk driving arrest. "Who broke it? Fox News."

On foreign policy, Joe Biden was against aid for Vietnam, said the fall of the Shah was "a step forward" for human rights in Iran, opposed Reagan's defense build-up and voted against the first Gulf War.

"Under President (George W.) Bush, prosecution of gun crimes was 30 percent higher than it is under President Obama."

"Test scores had gone up steadily for 40 years until No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top."    

Says he "opposed the president’s decision to go into Iraq" in 2003.

Says President Barack Obama "has taken 92 days of vacation since he was sworn in," compared to 367 for President George W. Bush at the same point in his presidency.

"During the Bush administration, liberal groups were targeted" by the IRS, similar to recent targeting.

"When George Bush became president of the United States, 17 million people were in poverty. When he left, 30 million people were in poverty."

"Sheldon Whitehouse [got] a secret closed-door briefing, warning of the [2008 economic] crash."

Says U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson "admitted" that Washington, D.C., "changed" him into an insider selling his influence to make millions from powerful special interests.

Since President Barack Obama took office, "you have 1,700 employees just at the Department of Transportation" earning over $170,000.

"We've brought trade cases against China at nearly twice the rate as the last administration."

Says Obama has "doubled the stock market from where we started when he was sworn into office"

Says for the first time in the history of the United States, the government cut taxes during wartime

The Bush tax cuts "helped to create a substantial part of the deficit."

Under former President George W. Bush’s administration "while the population in that period grew by 10 percent, the number of jobs in the nation grew by 1 percent."

Tells President Barack Obama that he also asked former President George W. Bush about how he felt about Americans hating him.

"I asked (then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice) how many people had died and she did not know the answer to that question."

Rob Portman’s "plan to tax, slash and privatize" Social Security "would devastate Ohioans."

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