Campaigns resume attacks
July 23rd, 2012
11:39 AM ET
2 years ago

Campaigns resume attacks

(CNN) – The bitter partisan fights that have been waged for months reappeared Monday after a weekend of reflection following Friday's deadly shooting in Colorado.

David Axelrod, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama's campaign, was the first to break the silence on Twitter.

The message directed readers to a report that some records from Romney's tenure as head of the Salt Lake City Olympic games had been destroyed.

With the silence seemingly broken, a few hours later Mitt Romney's campaign resumed their attacks on Obama's handling of the economy, sending a press release highlighting a series of reports detailing America's still-weak economic recovery.

"Millions of middle-class Americans are struggling in the Obama economy and there's no relief in sight," Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul wrote. "After three and a half years, the results of President Obama's policies are clear: businesses aren't hiring, poverty is climbing, and manufacturing is weakening. Middle-class Americans need a new direction, and a new president who can get our economy back on track."

Friday's shooting at a Colorado movie theater prompted a shift in the political tone, as both Romney and Obama turned previously scheduled rallies into solemn events to express sorrow for the Colorado massacre. Both campaigns canceled later events on Friday and pulled political advertising from the airwaves in Colorado.

On Sunday, Obama's campaign said it would keep ads off the air through Friday, and Romney's team said the ads would remain down "until further notice."


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  1. Andy in Minneapolis

    Myviewis

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    Nancy Pelosi said that the issue of showing tax returns was trivial compared to the economic issues and she herself won't release tax returns and only 17 of 535 Members release their tax returns. So based on Nancy Pelosi I don't see why Governor Romney is doind something wrong in not releasing all his tax returns.

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    I do not feel that not releasing his taxes is necessary 'wrong' but I think he should release additional years of taxes to put this issue to bed. Failure to do so is coming across as nothing less than stubborness. Also, the main difference here is that Gov Romney IS running for POTUS while Nancy Palosi IS NOT, so it's a rather unequal comparison. The only person you can compare Romeny to right now regarding release of tax returns is President Obama, who has released 10+ years of tax returns. It is the electorate's way of vetting a presidential candidate's honesty, trustworthiness, transparency, etc. Refusal to release additional years of taxes to sufficiently put the issues of his taxes, off shore money havens, and Bain tenure to bed, and still expecting to be elected POTUS, is kind of like Romney's stance on other issues, you know, it's the 'elect me POTUS and then I'll tell you how I want to handle foreign affairs, taxes, wars, immigration, etc' argument that doesn't work. Does he truely expect to be elected POTUS without clearly informing the electorate of HOW he is going to do these things?

    July 23, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. Holly

    You Dems are so busy demanding to see Romney's tax returns. When your Nancy Pelosi was asked to show hers, she refused. Where's the difference? So many women on here going on about what Obama has done for them. Let me share what he has done for you...780,000 more women are unemployed than when he took office...unemployment went from 5% to 8.5%...number of people on food stamps went from 32 million to 46 million...annual federal deficit went from 5.14 trillion to 10.95 trillion...# of women working dropped by 683,000...poverty rate among women from 13.9% to 14.5%...extreme poverty rate among women the highest ever...40% of single mothers live in poverty...private sector jobs dropped from 115.6 million to 111 million...median weeks unemployed up from 9 to 20.1...consumer confidence down from 87.3% to 64.9% and still dropping...the nation has lost over 740,000 jobs.. Yup, he's done a bang-up job. And you want 4 more years of that??

    July 23, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Myviewis

    Nancy Pelosi said that the issue of showing tax returns was trivial compared to the economic issues and she herself won't release tax returns and only 17 of 535 Members release their tax returns. So based on Nancy Pelosi I don't see why Governor Romney is doind something wrong in not releasing all his tax returns.
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    Rove, Hannity, and Limbaugh have not released their tax returns, either. None of them is running for POTUS and neither is Nancy Pelosi. The $800 billion dollor man, Rep. Issa, isn't releasing his returns, nor is he running for POTUS. Your entire argument only makes sense when heard on extreme right wing radio.

    July 23, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  4. eazy

    Romney to Olympians: 'You didn't get here solely on your own'

    My two cents: Gov. Romney is going to get a whole lot of vote from the 1% and the id iots.

    NO?

    Do you want to bet $10,000?

    Oh you guys make it soo eazzzy lol

    July 23, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
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