“In his 2000 campaign, George Bush promised to bring ’dignity’ to the White House but we’ve since found that he brought Jack Abramoff instead,” Reid, D-Nev., said at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, in remarks previewing Democratic criticism of the presidential speech.
Reid ticked off a list of what he termed Bush failures, contending Bush policies have made the country less safe, driven up debt and increased dependence on foreign oil.
He seized on problems with the newly implemented Medicare prescription drug plan. “The state of our union today is that we have seniors begging in the streets for the medicine they need,” Reid said.
Reid also said Bush was “deeply dishonest” when he promised in his 2003 State of the Union not to pass along problems to future generations. Instead younger generations will pay “so he can hand out tax breaks to special interests and the wealthy,” Reid charged.