Early attacks signal a nasty presidential race
May 25th, 2012
04:01 PM ET
11 years ago

Early attacks signal a nasty presidential race

Washington (CNN) - Poll results and strong fundraising portend a tight presidential election in November. The rising heat of political rhetoric by the candidates and their surrogates guarantees it will be nasty and brutal.

President Barack Obama has ratcheted up his criticism of certain Republican opponent Mitt Romney, using a campaign speech Thursday in Iowa to accuse the former Massachusetts governor of a "cow pie of distortion" about the records of both men.


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  1. Four and The Door

    Bigger profits haven't led to better jobs," Obama said. "And you can't solve that problem if you can't even see that it's a problem. And he doesn't see it's a problem."
    Is Obama this completely ignorant when it comes to private business?!?! Does he think that private companies go into business to create jobs and that profit is just a result of that? I got news. Private companies go into business to create profits and jobs are just a result of that. No profits means no jobs.

    In fact, Obama should be promoting American businesses to be profitable, not beating them up for it. Profitable businesses stay in business and create jobs and pay taxes. But I am not surprised these are things he is confused about. It is different where he comes from...academia and government are his world. Considering that, it must be frustrating for him to try and make decisions to help the economy. He has no idea and it should be no surprise that after 3 1/2 years and $5 trillion of new debt unemployment is still above 8% and the economy is growing like a rock.

    May 25, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. Joe

    Go President Obama! Clean Romney's clock big time! Can't wait to see testy and sweaty Mitt stumple all over the place.

    May 25, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens was a failure in public office, and a job destroyer and tax evader at Bain. All Mittens has is $1.5 billion in attack ads.

    May 25, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    He only said cow pie, because elephant dung of distortion was too obvious. (And even THAT is not big enough to accurately portray all the lies Mitt makes... Just ask Newt!!)

    May 25, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Turn up the heat Mr. President, I think Mr. Romney may feel a chill, better yet, FIRE it up.

    May 25, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. Dick Cheney is the smegma of mankind!

    I like it when President O goes all "alpha male" on Mittens a$$!

    Keep Mr. Cayman Cash on a short leash, Mr. President.

    May 25, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Four – Kinda went right over you head, didn't it? By putting Bush's wars and TARP on Obama, you might be able to come up with $5 trillion. Most facts show that spending is level, and the Fox foreign owned media charge is pure cow pie.

    May 25, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    "But I am not surprised these are things he is confused about."

    Hey Four. You and myviewis ought to get together and discuss both of your "business" credentials. The two of you sound as if you each have a great deal in common.

    May 25, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |

    okay, reality check!
    One candidate is only going to say what he thinks people want to hear
    The other candidate seems unflappable and almost incapable of expressing anger
    The only thing that will make this race "nasty" are the super pacs backing them
    The debates between these 2 will look something like the Democrats debates, boring and full of facts and figures that contradict one another.
    We have the 2 most BORING candidates this go around

    May 25, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |