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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / CAMPAIGN 2012

Romney: Obama Running to 'Hang on to Power'

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August 15, 2012

After lashing out on Tuesday at President Obama’s as “angry and desperate,” Mitt Romney again used tough language to describe his opponent in a television interview on Wednesday.

“If you look at the ads that have been described and the divisiveness based upon income, age, ethnicity and so forth, it’s designed to bring a sense of enmity and jealous and anger,” Romney said on CBS’s This Morning on Wednesday. “The president seems to be running to hang on to power. I think he’ll do anything in his power to try and get re-elected.”

Romney accused Obama of waging a campaign of anger and hate on Tuesday in a speech in Ohio, citing an incident in which Vice President Joe Biden told an audience, which included African-Americans, that Romney’s policies would “unchain” Wall Street and put citizens “back in chains.”


Romney on Wednesday avoided addressing any racial overtones, calling Biden’s comments “divisive.”

 “These personal attacks, I think, are demeaning to the office of the White house and the comments yesterday by the vice president, I think, just diminish the White House that much more,” Romney said. 

Romney also addressed his new running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, whose budget proposal and plan to revamp Medicare has been the subject of criticism and scrutiny over the past few days. Romney said that his plan and Ryan’s, while similar, are not exactly the same, and that the campaign is running on Romney’s budget, not Ryan’s.

“Congressman Ryan has joined my campaign, and his campaign is my campaign now,” Romney said. “We’re very much on the same page.”


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