International Economics

"Economic Patriotism" becomes Democratic Mantra

Why not just seal the border and shoot anybody who tries to leave?

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The Obama campaign is leaning hard today into the theme of "economic patriotism": Barack Obama calls in his 2-minute TV ad for a "new economic patriotism," and the president used the term on the stump in Virginia.

It's a phrase that captures the nationalistic, combative tone of the president's reelection campaign, as well as the economic contrast the Obama team has tried to draw with Mitt Romney.

This isn't the first time we've heard about "economic patriotism" in the 2012 campaign, or even in the month of September. Readers may recall that former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland used the phrase to great effect in his speech to the Democratic National Convention.