A day after President Obama said he wasn’t born with “a silver spoon in my mouth”--a quip seemingly aimed at Mitt Romney--the presumptive GOP nominee had a response, saying that the president “likes to attack fellow Americans.”
“The president is really taking aim at anybody he can find these days,” Romney said on Fox News’ Fox & Friends. “In fact, in my case, I’m certainly not going to apologize for my dad and his success in life. He was born poor; he worked his way to become very successful despite the fact that he didn’t have a college degree, and one of the things he wanted to do was to provide for me and my brother and sisters. I’m not going to apologize for my dad’s success.”
He added: Obama is "always looking for [a] scapegoat, particularly those that have been successful like my dad, and I’m not going to rise to that."
“I know the president likes to attack fellow Americans," Romney continued. "If I’m president, I will stop the attack on fellow Americans; I will stop the attack on people and start attacking the problems that have been looming over this country.”
Romney also responded to a question about how he plans on courting independent voters by going after the president. "Despite the flowery rhetoric, the record is terrible,” he maintained. "We’re not better off after Barack Obama came into office; we’re worse off."
Obama told contributors in Dearborn, Mich., on Tuesday that there is a big difference between Democratic and Republican ideas for the economy. "Their basic mission seems to be one in which a few folks are doing well at the top and everybody else is struggling to get by, but that’s OK --that somehow that is a formula for growth," he said at a private fundraiser.
Earlier, at a community college in Lorain, Ohio, Obama said that the GOP approach hasn't worked. "In this country, prosperity does not trickle down; prosperity grows from the bottom up. And it grows from a strong middle class out," Obama said. "That’s how we grow this economy. And that’s why I’m always confused when we keep having the same argument with folks who don’t seem to remember how America was built."