President Obama's campaign has recently issued direct attacks on GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. He named Romney in speeches he made last week and attacked him in a re-election campaign video posted to YouTube.
The video entitled : "Mitt Romney Vs. Reality" was released on Thursday. It shows poor video quality excerpts of Romney making various accusations against Obama, and then high quality footage of speeches made by Obama in the past that directly rebut the accusations.Politico.com reports the video uses President Obama's words from State of the Union address in January to rebut Romney's attacks.
According to Tech President, Obama's rebuttals address Romney's talking point accusations directly. Some of the major issues addressed include Romney's accusation that Obama apologized for America abroad, Obama not being militarily aggressive, tax and the middle class, domestic drilling of oil, trade agreements, the national deficit and debt reduction .
Obama's campaign also attacked Romney on Twitter, referring to a story on the The Washington Post about Romney giving limited disclosure of his financial investments.
According to CBS, Obama mentioned Romney by name at the annual meeting of The Associated Press, saying that Romney supported a "radical" Republican budget plan he called "thinly veiled social Darwinism." Obama said Republican leaders have lately become so extreme in their views that not even Reagan could win a GOP primary today.
But Romney, responding to Obama after he won the primaries in Wisconsin, Washington D.C. and Maryland, said Obama has become "a little out of touch after years of flying around on Air Force One, surrounded by an adoring staff of true believers telling you that you're great and you're doing a great job." Romney said: "You know, out-of-touch liberals like Barack Obama say they want a strong economy, but in everything they do, they show they don't like business very much."
In CBS's analysis, each candidate is seeking to "cast the other as too extreme for the center of the country — speaking directly to the independents who play a critical role in general elections because they determine who wins close races." CBS points out independent voters have increased considerably and the major strategic thrust of the presidential campaigns targets them.
The White House has also recently been talking more about the "Buffet Rule," that will require a federal tax rate of 30 percent for Americans making a million dollars a year and above. Analysts say the rule stands no chance in the Congress but Obama will make it a point of his campaign to say opponents of the rule are favoring the rich above the middle class.
Obama' recent attacks are indication that he is now ready to take on Romney, but CBS is of the opinion that Romney does not seem prepared to face Obama for several reasons, including challenges in the primaries from his GOP opponents who, in spite of the odds against them, have refused to quit the nomination race.
Obama enjoys obvious advantages over Romney, including the advantage of his incumbency. His re-election campaign has raised $84.7 million compared to Romney's $7.3 million. Obama has a staff of 530 distributed in almost every state compared to Romney's 100 concentrated mostly in Boston and a few other primary states