In an editorial board meeting with the Reno Gazette-Journal (watch it HERE), Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, praised our nation’s 40th president.
"Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not, and a way that Bill Clinton did not," he said, per ABC News’ Sunlen Miller, describing Reagan as appealing to a sentiment that, "We want clarity, we want optimism, we want a return to that sense of dynamism and entrepreneurship that had been missing."
Former Sen. John Edwards, D-NC, did not approve.
"Senator Obama was speaking…used Ronald Reagan – President Ronald Reagan – as an example of change. My view is I would never use Ronald Reagan as an example of change," he said, per ABC News’ Raelyn Johnson.
"When you think about what Ronald Reagan did to the American people, to the middle class to the working people. He was openly – openly – intolerant of unions and the right to organize. He openly fought against the union and the organized labor movement in this country. He openly did extraordinary damage to the middle class and working people, created a tax structure that favored the very wealthiest Americans and caused the middle class and working people to struggle every single day. The destruction of the environment, you know, eliminating regulation of companies that were polluting and doing extraordinary damage to the environment.
"Whether it was damage to the union movement and the organized labor movement. Damage to the middle class, to a tax structure that favored the wealthiest Americans and the biggest corporations in America, or the incredible devastation to the environment while he was President of the United States, I can promise you this," Edwards said, "This president will never use Ronald Reagan as an example for change."
What say you? Should Obama never praise a Republican during a Democratic primary? Or ever? Did Reagan achieve nothing positive? Should Edwards be quiet?