August 20th, 2012
05:25 PM ET
Obama “comfortable” with tone of campaign
(CNN) - Pressed on the recent barrage of negative television ads, charged rhetoric from his top surrogates, and a blatantly misleading ad from a Super PAC run by former White House aides, President Barack Obama on Monday disputed suggestions he is running an overly negative campaign.
“If you look at the overall trajectory of our campaign, and the ads that I have approved and are produced by my campaign, you'll see that we point out sharp differences between the candidates, but we don't go out of bounds,” Obama said during a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room – his first question-and-answer-session with national reporters since June.
“I feel very comfortable with the fact that when you look at the campaign we're running, we are focused on the issues and the differences that matter to working families all across America, and that's exactly the kind of debate the American people deserve,” Obama added.
“I don't think that Governor Romney is somehow responsible for the death of the woman that was portrayed in that ad,” Obama said. “But keep it mind, this is an ad that I didn't approve, I did not produce, and as far as I can tell has barely run. I think it ran once. “
Obama also contrasted that ad with one run by the Romney campaign regarding the president’s stance toward welfare, which CNN and other news outlets have also deemed to be misleading.
“The truth of the matter is you can't just make stuff up. That's one thing you learn as president of the United States,” Obama said. “You get called into account. And I feel very comfortable with the fact that when you look at the campaign we're running, we are focused on the issues and the differences that matter to working families all across America, and that's exactly the kind of debate the American people deserve.
Obama’s surprise appearance occurred while press secretary Jay Carney was conducting his daily briefing with reporters.
“Jay tells me that you guys have been missing me,” the president said to laughter. “So I thought I'd come by and just say hello.
In fact, Obama hasn't conducted a full press conference in more than 10 weeks, though he has given several interviews to outlets that are traditionally more friendly, such as People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight.
Also Monday, Obama insisted that attacks on rival Mitt Romney’s failure to release more than two years of tax returns is fair game.
“For us to say that it makes sense to release your tax returns, as I did, as John McCain did, as Bill Clinton did, as the two President Bushes did, I don't think is in any way out of bounds,” he said.
Obama maintained his campaign has never suggested Romney has illegally skirted taxes, but said Americans have a right to know how the wealthy former Massachusetts governor “manages [his] tax obligations.”
“[Voters] would find that relevant information, particularly when we're going into a time where we know we're going to have to make tough choices both about spending and about taxes,” Obama said.
Romney released his 2010 income tax return and an estimate of his 2011 return when he filed for an extension. Romney also told reporters at a press conference last week that he's paid an effective tax rate of 13% for the past decade, calling the interest in his tax returns "very small-minded compared to the broad issues that we face."
and he admits his sleazy campaign of hate and division 'he's comfortable'. No low is too low for this guy...what has our country come too?
OH YES, THE TRUTH IS VERY HARSH. ROMNEY COULD DISH IT OUT DURING THE REPUBLITARD PRIMARY BUT CAN'T TAKE THE HEAT WHEN IT COMES TO THE REAL THING. YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS IF YOU THINK OBAMA IS BEING HARSH. YOU MUST NOT HAVE LIVED IN THIS COUNTRY LONG ENOUGH. TIME TO WEAR SOME BIG BOY PANTS, REPUBLITARDS.
Are you kidding ??? You must be deaf, dumb, and blind, if you expect the rest of us to pretend that obama isn't running the most ugly, divisive campaign ... with false accusation ... lies ... character assassination ... and thuggery. Obama dishonors our constitution, and the office of the Presidency. And, as your other point ... Obama is an arrogant bully and a coward. He consistently bragged about his Billion dollar campaign war chest ... and, spent it like a drunken sailor, including over 100 million dollars, just to demonize Romney ... only to cry like a baby, when Romney raised more money than him ... Obama publicly humiliated the Supreme Court, at his State Of The Union address ... knowing that they just had to sit there and take it, while the entire country watched on national television. In addition, he's sticking us with an idiot Vice President, who is only one heart beat away from being President ... which means that if anything happens to Obama, America will be going from the frying pan into the fire.
As NEWSWEEK magazine said ... The only way to save America, is to replace Obama with Romney and Ryan !!!
He is comfortable sending his cronies to lie and cheat. Yep, I can see why.
He is out come October. We are tired of this divisive, incompetent president.
OCTOBER? IS THAT THE EARLY VOTING THAT REPUBLITARDS WANT TO STOMP ON SO MUCH? THE REPUBLITARD PARTY WANTS YOUR BADGE BACK.
LIE AND CHEAT? I WAS LMAO AS ROMNEY AND RYAN LIED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE YESTERDAY ABOUT THEIR STANCE ON ABORTION AND RAPE. THESE GUYS MAY BE PROS, BUT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SMARTER THAN THAT.
This two bit community organizer is NOT the second coming, as you obama stooges seem to think. This fool is systematically destroying our economy, while pitting one half of America against the other half. You Obama stooges have lost sight of the fact that America is much, much, much more important than obama. He is expendable, and replaceable ... America is not !!!
Save America ... Replace Obama with Romney & Ryan in November.
Barrack – so nice of you to join the discussion. No wonder you say you are comfprtable – good effort to try & divert attention that you have been the most ineffective Prez in the history of this great nation.
your just a hater cant get over it that a black man is in the white hous wake uo
75% of AMERICANS responding to the National GALLUP POLL DO NOT SUPPORT A BAN ON ABORTION FOR RAPE AND INCEST VICTIMS. And see this as a MAJOR SOURCE OF GOVERNMENT INTRUSTION.
The issue that Republicans didn't want to bring up because this discussion will be a POLITICAL NIGHTMARE.
You think throwing Todd Akin under the bus is enough to sweep this fact away – BUT YOUR V.P. CHOICE CO-SIGNED A BILL WITH AKIN that will keep rape and incest victims from getting abortions of the pregnancies that are caused by their attackers.
I agree, Obama has shown that he and his campaign are dishonest and sleazy (this started why back in Chicago when running for state senator). He's been a pretty dishonest president, lying and exaggerating in speeches–including two state of the union addresses.
Time to move forward with Romney/Ryan.
DISHONEST AND SLEAZY? I KNOW YOU REPUBLITARDS HAVE SELECTIVE MEMORY BUT YOU DO REMEMBER THE REPUBLITARD PRIMARY RACE AT LEAST? STOP LYING TO YOURSELVES.
The Founding Fathers must be rolling over in their graves, in response to how Obama studied constitutional law, only to use his knowledge as a tool, to work around, disrespect, and rewrite the very constitution he, and all the previous Presidents, have sworn to uphold and protect.
I think all he has done this time is run on negative stuff he can find on Romney and Ryan. throughout his travels across the country has he said anything about his reciord and promises that he made to the United States, NO. Obama is full of shit and he has been from the start, he hasnt done anything to help this country. All he has done is hurt it even more. I think he needs to start talking about his record and what he has done, but he wont because he hasnt done shit.
Please define "sleazy campaign of hate and division". Romney campaigns on bald-faced lies, pretends he's the victim of imaginary offenses, and hides behind his family whenever it gets too hot for him. Everything I said there is clearly defined, and backed up by objective reality.
Yeah, because the Republican Party was so friendly about accusing him of being a Kenyan with faked birth certificates. Yep, the GOP wasn't using questionable tactics by saying he hung out with terrorists, by saying that his supporters weren't "real Americans", or labeling him as a Muslim extremist here to bring shariah law.
Yep, asking Mitt Romney to show more than a year's worth of taxes is way worse than all of that. The GOP is a glass cannon. It can spew hate speech like the best of them, but heaven forbid if you raise a reasonable counter-point. Then it becomes a "dirty campaign" and they cry that liberals stole their lunch money. The hypocrisy displayed by the GOP is astounding.
What's the problem,is he running a campaign too much like a republican/teabagger?
Anyone else out there "comfortable" with this campaign? The whole thing is a sickening farce.
Nov12: Reread the article. Obama made no such "admission" about "his campaign.". You are just making that up.
I reference the video where obama addressed this...CNN can't write an unbiased article to save their souls.
That why he got elected in 2008 and will be re-elected this November.... He said the common sense and every readers can understand well...He keeps his position every times he speaks....I mean that he does not change his principle...That what Americans know him well...and believe in his leadership....No matters Romney uses alll money from 1% to attack the President...He is still lead in the poll....and he deserve my vote this November...
DISTORTING OBAMA'S WORDS WITH THE 'YOU DIDN'T BUILD THAT' AD – 2 MILLION DOLLARS
LYING ABOUT OBAMA'S STANCE ON WELFARE REFORM IN AN AD – 4 MILLION DOLLARS
GETTING ALL BUTTHURT OVER A SUPERPAC AD THAT HAS BARELY RUN. PRICELESS.
please learn to read...and maybe type too. pssst...your mom just pulled into the driveway, better pull you pants up and put her lap top away...wash it off first...bed time for bonzos...that means you.
Obama stooges, like you, and the main stream media, keep trying to tell the rest of us to ignore what we've seen and heard, with our own eyes and ears ... and to embrace your pro-obama interpretation, no matter how bogus it is. The American peeople are finally seeing through the cover-ups and B.S. ... and, the real obama aint pretty ... nor are the liars, who keep making excuses for him. You obama enablers are merely helping obama to sell the rest of us out ... and make our lives harder.
The only way we can save America, is to replace obama with Romney & Ryan in November !!!
That is right Howard, billionaire oil tycoons & Wall Street are going to buy this election (PAID IN FULL!) and put the administration in office that will lower taxes for big business and the wealthy and change Medicare to allow private insurers to compete with the government-funded health program on an exchange.
EVEN MORE BUTTHURT FROM REPUBLITARDS. BEYOND PRICELESS.
IS THIS WHAT AKIN MEANT BY 'LEGITIMATE RAPE'?
The only legitimate rape that dems like is what Obama did to our economy.
YOU REPUBLITARDS VALUE PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR THE ECONOMY?
How is it that people can give 100 million in a month when everyone says that we have no money? That is a big fat lie! if we are in debt or in a deficit then how can people give that much money away just for the presidential race? I guess it is OK to give 100 million to 300 million just to get what you want. Half of you people don't even come close to making the kind of money Mitt makes. I bet all you guys that if Mitt was not running for President he would not say a word to the lower class but he will say and do anything to get what he wants. The funny thing is that he keeps saying he ran all these companies and he made all this money. First, that money was passed down to him by his family, it isn't like he started from the ground up. When he owned those companies he had middle class workers around him making him money. He never did anything, he just had the money to start the company.
Angry because all of you President Obama haters underestimated the Chicago Machine. Oh, did you think "Barack Obama", (I like that name Barack Obama, it speaks power), was going to just let the Karl Rove boys and Mitt the Twit Chicken Hawk Weasel, just swift Boat him. At every turn, on every issue, President Barack Obama comes. You people try to lie about his so called failed policy but it's the republican leadership that is failing and have failed America. In reality this is their failed economy, They are the drag on it, they caused it and now they won't get out of the way. And now they have the audacity to run Romney the Bain of us all. With him fleecing and betting against America. LOL!
Barack is sleazy and always has been. Funny how into his 'cult of personality' you are. The rest of us see him and his results as they are.... weak.
So down is up and wet is dry, right? Your logic is a pretzel.
Nobody misunderstood the "Chicago Machine". Al Capone, Richard Daly, Rahmbo, former Gov Ryan (GOP in prison osion) , former Gov. Blago (DEM in prison). No what we misunderstood was somebody who said there would be a "New Tone in Washington! Neither side is inoccent here! As far as the "Chicago machine" EVERYBODY knew!
wow so he is fine with his campaign...no shame. He is the sitting POTUS, we should all be embarrassed. And funny how the press laughs when he mentions they are missing him....no Press conference in 10 weeks? Wow, too busy campaigning but than again there is a lot of things he appears to not be doing as POUTS because he is busy campaigning all the time.
What else does Obama have? The economy?
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.. What a M0R0N
Well as he stated in 2008, when you have no record to run on, you try and portray your opponent as some one to RUN from and certainly he has proven he is more concerned with being re-elected to the office, than actually doing the hard work of the office.
Of course Obama is happy with the tone, he's the one who took it down in the gutter.
your joking right?
Does it seem like hate is like a cancer; it can metastasize even distant cells? You have no clue where this cancer will show up. Does it seem like this cancer will especially "infect" weakened cells? To keep cells healthy; there must be strong economic, political and social ties.
We have today's Internet technologies; where every word can be read around the world, instantaneously. Everyone will know what is up here in the US, by both friends and foes, alike. So please, keep the convention speeches to that of solutions and not that of bashing the other party. After all, the world is watching by both friends and foes. As Theodore Roosevelt once said, "speak softly, however, carry a big stick."
We have troops around the world in harms way. What we need are for solutions, like improved economic answers, to keep our international problems at bay. I believe, hate is like a cancer; it can metastasize even distant cells. The less time spent at the conventions bashing the other party; the better our world will be. They should stick to the issues; given our already unstable world. Then we all will be better off for this.
The GOP thought they could swift boat this guy. They are wrong and shocked. They just can't believe how powerful and merciless the chicago machine is. They did exactly the same thing to past democrat candidates. And now they are whining. They could give it but can't take it.
Mr. Hollywood loves tones and stones.
Not anything a republican can say or do will ever get me to vote for he GOP. That being said, I believe I will be attacked negatively by republicans !
You are the problem with America, you vote along party lines no matter what. I guess you like being a sheep and getting FUCCCCKKKEEEEDDDDDD!
Obama realizes he can't run on his record or accomplishments. So naturally he's going to be fine with the lies. Nothing really unexpected here.
All Romney has to do is say that he will release his tax returns when president obama releases his transcripts. Obama will NEVER release that information. The whole tax issue would dissappear over night.
God, we have two horrible choices for president. Both Romney and Obama are equally worthless and wrong in almost every policy.
Vote Gary Johnson or stay home.
Romney would never want you to see his tax records. And, he is hiding something. AND PEOPLE CARE ABOUT HIS TAXES PAID. Stay dislusional. The requests for his taxes won't go away.
Why You a... not ask Obama about his school record. What he try to cover? He was foreign exchange student. This what he hiding.
I'd order fumigation of the White House come January if I was Romney.
They`re going to need an old priest and a young priest.....
Why? To BAPTIZED more DEAD JEWS???
The last thing GOP wanted was Obama playing out of their books.LOL.
LOVE YOU POTUS!
Fact Oblunder cant lead. Fact Oblunder lies, Fact unemp up, fact didnt cut deficet, fact didnt close gitmo, fact is oblunder is inept, fact cant fix the economy. all this bozo can do is spend Americas money . Give Romnet & Ryan a chance, jurys still out. but FACT OBLUNDER=FAILURE
That is right bb, get the administration back in office that can get back to business. This country will run like a well oiled machine.
Obama denies that he had any kind of role in the Romney cancer add. These people who put out the add are only on his payroll and he has know knowledge. Does he really think that Americans are that stupid?
yes he does and he is counting on it to be re-elected..but surprise surprise...no we are not!.
WHO ORDERED THE REPUBLITARD BUTTHURT? IT'S LIKE BUFFET IN HERE.
.... Like Warren Buffett (sic)?
You just validated many of them.
You must be one ugly, frustrated, small minded, minion of the democratic party, who only knows how to call others names, but screams the loudest t if some one calls you what you are.
This guy is a joke... as is the rest of his party.
Mr Obama – I have a question – Why did your Momma (Ann) make her Daddy (your Gramps) take you to visit Frank Marshall Davis several times a week when you was a kid?
Huh? who was Frank to you anyway? Do you know who your real daddy is? or are you ashamed to admit it. You do know, Mr Obama, Living in Denial is not good for you or your Political Carree...
Obama has already accused Romney of killing a guy's wife, being a felon, being a tax cheat, being a money launderer, closing factories just to abuse families, being a draft dodger, torturing a dog, and assaulting a fellow student. The Occupy Wall Street movement is the best illustration to date of what President Barack Obama's America looks like. It is an America where the lawless, unaccomplished, ignorant and incompetent rule. It is an America where those who have sacrificed nothing pillage and destroy the lives of those who have sacrificed greatly.. The left is using any event as a distraction as it pursues the Saul Alinsky tactics of community organizing. Obama's game plan is to divide the community into the Haves and the Have Nots, make the Have Nots believe they are unjustly treated by the Haves, build resentment against the American social and economic system, use church congregations to mobilize street agitators, and lobby government for higher taxes and big-spending welfare programs in order to confiscate the wealth and power of the Haves and turn it over to the Have Nots.
Obama loves the tone of lies, social justice and communism. Catch him at www,NewWorlOrder.org
Of course Obama is comfortable with the tone of the campaign.
He thrives on divisiveness, derision, malice, control, ...
The tone of this campaign is exactly the tone that was expected – see Karl Rove in the last two presidential elections. The difference this time is that the democrats saw it coming and prepared an adequate response. The republicans don't like it now just like the democrats didn't like it then. TOO BAD SO SAD – how does it taste repubs? To Obama – the gloves are off so do whatever you need to do.
You "SEE" Rove but don't "SEE" Axelrod? Really?
Did you read Mallard Filmore this morning? Did you see the Cover of Newsweek this week. Did you see last week's jobs report??
Priceless. Republicans have been badmouthing this President since he took office. Showed no respect for him or his office this entire term....and now they wanna cry because he's hitting them back? B% ¢H PLEASE!
1. Tax Return of Romney are more important than just a tradition of candidates running for Presidents making their returns public – Reason is we are in deficit. We will have to increase taxes in future. Romney is saying he wants to decrease taxes for rich and corporations. The bigger question is are they even paying taxes right now! Are they using loopholes? e.g. GE paid 0 taxes for number of years. If Romney is not paying the percentage of taxes that middle class is paying on average then the question is rich really bearing the burden of the war or financial collapse. Romney is representing rich.
2. About lies and mis-information – look at the websites such as http://www.factcheck.org and http://www.politifact.com – IT WILL BE EYE OPENER....How many republican lies....
Go and check-out http://www.factcheck.org and http://www.politifact.com – Before commenting it is lie or true.....
He's the trash talker and cheif; dont tell me you didnt know!
Being from Chicago, is there any other way to think ?? November=ABO
Of course Obama is ok with his negative and deceitful ads – it is the Chicago way. Even the liberal media is catching on and calling him out for lies.
FactCheck.org's Brooks Jackson and Robert Farley said: "In fact, if the Obama campaign were correct, Romney would be guilty of a federal felony by certifying on federal financial disclosure forms that he left active management of Bain Capital in February 1999."
President Obama was VERY delibrate in his choice of words. So was Stephanie Cutter. Neither called Romney a felon which is a convicted criminal. Stepanie Cutter didn't make the suggestion that misrepresentation on Bain departure would be a felony it was FactCheck.
Obama: *sits back, munches popcorn while watching the GOP implode on itself*
Regarding the comment about Romney "could" have committed a felony, you only need to look at the SEC documents for the years he has claimed to not be working for Bain Capital, but signed them as the CEO. For every signature on critical documents such as these there is the fine print which says that the signature represents that the information in this document is accurate and reliable "under penalty of perjury!" Perjury is a federal felony.
Obama's form of Hope and Change clearly finds comfort in personal Hate and Innuendo.
"YOU PEOPLE" are "SMALL MINDED" and need to stop taking about MY TAXES, MY CORUPT CAMPAIGNING SKILLS, MY VENTURES IN VOLTURE CAPITILIZATION, MY HIDDEN MONIES IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES, MY TAX FRAUD IN FRANCE, MY INABILITY TO GET ALONG WELL WHILE IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES.......
And never mind I promised to halve the defict in my first term, improve the economy or be a one termer, usher in the most rtransparent administration in U.S, history, bring hope and change, change the tone in Washington, bring everyone together! Never mind that..Foward!
"YOU PEOPLE" better just consider yourself lucky if I didn't come in and buy the company you work for and toss you out in the streets cause "I LOVE TO FIRE PEOPLE" and its too bad if your wife dies due to no health insurance. You should have move to MASS where I invented universal health insurance. I could care less about your kids education but I will take the proceeds of the STUDENT LOANS to buffer my bank accounts in the Swiss Banks.
Roger, what's the current unemployment rate AGAIN? When are we going to get a budget (that was due in April) that EVEN HIS own PARTY CAN APPROVE? When will that happen?
There are waayyyyy too many negative comments on this board. There are no constructive comments at all. We're just flinging hate around. I'm not sure when the country got full of this much hatred, but it's going to get us nowhere.
Remember, it was the republican philisophy that tax breaks for the wealthy would create jobs. Instead, we've found that jobs don't get created with tax breaks as the unemployment level in the face of these tax breaks is still higher than before the crash. It was the republican philosophy that regulation of the financial markets would stifle economic growth. Instead we've found that an unregulated derivatives market was a large cause in the collapse of the economy and creating a false sense of growth. It was the republican lead that convinced us bailing out the banks would save our economy and turn it around. Instead, we've bailed them out and they haven't returned the favor. It was the republican party that led us to believe there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Instead, we found out that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Under the republican party's vision of America our national debt tripled from 3 to 9 trillion. They left office with a budget deficit of $1.5 trillion. We financed the unjustifiable war in Iraq. Sad to say, Obama has continued many of the policies the Republican party has enacted. This is why we are now $15 trillion in debt and the economy is still slow.
But, we have to realize Obama hasn't had a chance to turn the country around because from day one of his presidency it was the republican's primary objective to stop him at all costs. Not fixing the country, not supporting Americans, but regaining power. They've held up his appointments, they've repeatedly tried to repeal a healthcare law that has passed all three checks of our political system, they've held the middle class well-being hostage for failed tax policies, they're attaching religious beliefs to economic bills (abortion bills to jobs bills), they are attempting to change voting regulations to limit the voice of minorities. They're fighting to keep the country stagnant and the power in their hands.
It's not the president that's failing, it's the American people. We are failing to follow someone willing to lead. And I know this post will fall on mostly deaf ears, but we have to WAKE UP. Obama isn't perfect, but the republican vision for America is destructive. Obama isn't divisive or hateful of America. He leans further right than most Democrats would like just because he knows our country is nothing if it's divided. He doesn't believe in republican philosophies, yet, in the hopes of moving forward he tries to keep their allegiance by continuing their policies (tax, de-regulation of financial markets, etc.). He's the right man for the job. There's no one else out there right now close enough to his charismatic personality that could discuss issues with as much intelligence and respond effictively to get his point across. There is no other leader we have right now that is capable of doing what this man does.
So let's stop hating this man. Let's stop blaming our country's situation on a man that has continued republican policies because he's had to in the interest of getting something done. Let's just watch the debates. Listen to the candidate who knows more about the issues and has a better image of America than the one we have now (and the policies that got us here). And then, let's vote him in. But most importantly, let's stand behind him and follow him.
Let's just watch the debates. Listen to the candidate who knows more about the issues and has a better image of America than the one we have now (and the policies that got us here). And then, let's vote him in.
Nice thoughts but you already sound like a commercial! Youa lready said:
"not his fault"
"but the republican vision for America is destructive"
So why bother watching any debate?
Sure Obama is comfortable with the tone of the campaign. He's a pathological liar!
Did "YOU PEOPLE" see me posing in front of the Battleship Wisconsin? I served my country when I bought and paid for the olympics (with the taxpayers money). Most of the profits were stuck in the pockets of myself and my many volture capitalist friends. I have lots of friend you"SMALL MINDED" people will never get to meet.
Roger, what's the current unemployment rate AGAIN? When are we going to get a budget (that was due in April) that EVEN HIS own PARTY CAN APPROVE? When will that happen?
You're tap dancing!
DEMOCRATES CAN'T KEEP THEIR HANDS OUT OF ALL FOLKS POCKETS. REPUBLICANS BELIEVE WHAT YOU EARN
IS YOUR'S ALONE. ITS A NO BRAINER,WETHER YOU ARE RICH OR POOR. DEMS LIKE EVERYONE'S MONEY NO MATTER WHAT. "ALL FOLKS" MONEY IS JUST FREE FOR THE TAKING. "THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS.
Absolutely wrong. If you spent more in un-necessary war in Iraq, remove regulations so greedy rich can bring the financial system down – on top of it reduce the taxes when deficit is growing – It is stupid to think that taxes will not increase or inflation will not happen due to deficit. – This all happened during Republican times which turned surplus to deficit.
BEN FRANKLIN ONCE SAID WHAT IS MINE IS MINE ALONE, WHAT 'S YOURS IS YOURS,SO KEEP YOUR HANDS OUT OF
Willard, the king of trashy, ugly, negative commercials and now he is whining about the Obama campaign. He can't complain about the tone of a campaign when Willard himself mastered the negativity. President Obama is only fighting fire with fire. Why is that wrong? For too long, the Democrats have sat back and watched Republicans make mincemeat of them. Well now they are fighting back and the Republicans are whining. And after all the name calling Republicans have leveled at the President, it is even more egregious for them to be whining and crying foul. When Willard denounces the likes of Donald Trump and any other birther, then we can talk. Until then, Willard is being hypocritical. Remember when Willard said he had nothing to do with super pacs putting out ads on his behalf – then why should the President be held to a different standard? Again with the hypocrisy.
President Obama is exactly what we need. He is caring, calm, thoughtful, understands the middle class, and won't be rushing into war with Iran. What we also need is a Congress that realizes the importance of compromise for the good of the country. Get rid of the House Republicans – they are obstructionists.
OBAMA/BIDEN/FIRST LADY MICHELLE 2012!!!
And I repeat: If there is a third term, Obama will be re-elected!!
Mitt Romney set the tone for this whole election cycle with how he savaged his Republican challengers during the primaries. He viciously attacked often spending 10 to 1 over his rivals. The attacks were dirty and and underhanded and you notice none of his rivals are coming to Romney's aid right now.
When Romney stands next to Donald Trump with a smirk on his face while Trump continues his baseless and discredited attack on Obama's birthplace Trump gently disavows his belief of the "birther" theories, but unlike McCain it has been pretty weak.
Romney has continued his consistent campaign against Obama primarily choosing to attack rather than provide any substance to his own plans. The whole environment has been escalated since the introduction of these SuperPACS. The vast amount of money especially on the Republican side (statistics bear this out) . The nature of these attacks has been disgusting on both sides. Unfortunately the political tenor of the times probably will not allow for any changes.
For now Obama is holding its own and the baseless attacks from uninvolved Seals or welfare claims have been widely investigated and discredited by the media. The media has served a useful purpose during this campaign although Republicans would probably dispute that with all the coverage of the Akin comments. (although he was the one that started all of this)