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Politics / CAMPAIGN 2012

Obama Defends Campaign; Urges Romney to Release Tax Returns

"I'm talking about how we put Americans back to work and there are sharp differences” between the two candidates, Obama told reporters during an impromptu news conference.((AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais))

President Obama on Monday vigorously defended his campaign's tactics and said it was Republican rival Mitt Romney's camp that was not playing fair.

  • “If you watch me on the campaign trail, here's what I'm talking about. I'm talking about how we put Americans back to work and there are sharp differences” between the two candidates, Obama told reporters during an impromptu news conference.
  • Obama said his campaign was dealing with legitimate issues. “If you look at the overall trajectory of our campaign and the ads that I have approved, and are produced by my campaign, you will see that we point out sharp differences between the candidates, but we don't go out of bounds.”
  • Obama also urged Romney to release more than two years worth of his tax returns, something Romney has refused to do. “When it comes to releasing taxes, that's a precedent that was set decades ago, including by Governor Romney's father,” Obama said.
  • The president also criticized Romney for “creating as a centerpiece of his campaign this notion that we're taking the work requirement out of welfare,” a charge Obama called “patently false.”
  • It was a surprise appearance by the president in the briefing room. He last spoke with reporters on June 20.
  • Obama also called recent comments by Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., about rape "offensive."

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