Eric Fehrnstrom, a top adviser to Mitt Romney, slammed President Obama and the Democrats on Sunday, accusing the president of a “deficit in leadership” on the economy and of preventing bipartisan solutions because he “demonizes” the opposition.
“What we really have here is a deficit in leadership. And this president came into office without any prior experience running anything. He never even ran a corner store. And I think it shows in the way that he's handling the economy,” Fehrnstrom said on ABC’s This Week.
Fehrnstrom’s comments came just days following dismal economic news that showed an increase in unemployment in May and the lowest number of jobs added in roughly a year.
“I do think it's important for Republicans in Congress to come together with the president on some bipartisan jobs legislation,” Fehrnstrom said. “The problem is, this president has made it nearly impossible to do that because of the way he demonizes his opposition – his personal attacks against Paul Ryan.”
Obama has been a vocal opponent of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget proposal, calling it “social Darwinism” and a “Trojan horse,” and using it as evidence that the Republican Party overall is attacking the middle class.
Fehrnstrom dismissed claims that Romney and Republicans have launched an attack on women, referring to debates over abortion as one of “all sort of shiny objects” Democrats are using to distract from core issues in the campaign.
“Mitt Romney is pro-life. He'll govern as a pro-life president. But you're going to see the Democrats use all sorts of shiny objects to distract people's attention from the Obama performance on the economy. This is not a social issue election,” he said.
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