Martin O'Malley broke from the party line on Sunday when he said the country wasn't better off than it was four years ago on CBS's Face the Nation. Bob Schieffer asked if he could "honestly say that people are better off today than they were four years ago?" O'Malley responded: "Without a doubt, we are not as well off as we were before George Bush brought us the Bush job losses, the Bush recessions, the Bush deficits, the series of desert wars, charged for the first time to credit cards — the national credit card." Deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter immediately jumped to
play damage control add context. "In terms of the question of whether people are better off today than they were four years ago, I just want to remind you what was happening four years ago at this time," she said. "In the quarter before the president took office, we lost three million jobs. Our country was bleeding. Our financial system was on the verge of collapse. We were passing bank bailouts to ensure that our system could stay afloat. That's what was happening before the president took office."
Meanwhile, Obama's Senior Adviser David Axelrod said the (sort-of) exact opposite on Fox News Sunday. Chris Wallace wasted no time asking the question. Instead of saying "better off," Axelrod opted to saying Americans are in a "better position." "We're in a better position than we were four years ago." Axelrod said. He pointed to 29 straight months of job growth, but said the economy isn't exactly where the President wants it to be. "It's going to take some time to work through it," Axelrod said.