Fresh from his latest primary triumphs, likely GOP nominee Mitt Romney on Wednesday previewed his general-election message: "With all the challenges the nation faces, this is not the time for President Obama's hide-and-seek campaign."
Addressing the American Society of News Editors a day after Obama launched a stinging attack on Republican policies there, Romney responded in equally harsh terms that the president has essentially ducked the chance to deal with the mounting debt and reforming entitlements.
“This November, we will face a defining decision,” Romney said. “Our choice will not be one of party or personality. This election will be about principle. Freedom and opportunity will be on the ballot.”
The former Massachusetts governor centered his attacks on an argument that the president has failed to tackle many problems plaguing the country, particularly entitlement spending on programs like Medicare. Now, Romney said, Obama is attacking the Republican Party because he doesn’t have any accomplishment of his own to tout.
In addition, Romney -- who often has been criticized for flip-flopping -- went on offense over the issue in accusing Obama of doing much the same thing as a president and as a candidate.
"As president, he has repeatedly called for tax increases on businesses. Now, as candidate Obama, he decides that a lower corporate tax rate would be better," Romney said. "As president, he’s added regulations at a staggering rate. Now, as candidate Obama, he says he wants to find ways to reduce them. As president, he delayed the development of our oil and coal and natural gas. Now, as candidate Obama, he says he favors an energy policy that adopts an all-of-the-above approach."