Whose heroes? Obama constantly invokes GOP icons

Published April 6, 2012 6:27PM (EDT)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is embracing an unlikely group of political icons as he tries to paint Mitt Romney as extreme. He's praising Republican presidents from Abraham Lincoln to Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan.

The Democratic president typically offers up GOP leaders of the past as evidence of a Washington that can work to pursue big ideas and rebuild the economy. And by doing so, Obama hopes to persuade voters of all political leanings that he, like his Republican predecessors, is a reasonable moderate. At the same time, he's casting Romney as a candidate who would embrace too-conservative policies out of step with most Americans.

Obama invoked Reagan's name four times this week in a speech to The Associated Press annual meeting.

By Salon Staff

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