Romney assails Obama as "intellectually exhausted"
August 14th, 2012
09:42 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney assails Obama as "intellectually exhausted"

Chillicothe, Ohio (CNN) – Mitt Romney looked to seize the offensive in his campaign against President Barack Obama Tuesday night with a hard-charging and sustained attack on the president’s leadership.

Calling Obama “intellectually exhausted,” Romney charged his rival had made “wild and reckless accusations that disgrace the office of the presidency” and failed to live up to the promises he made as a candidate in 2008.

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“Another outrageous charge just came a few hours ago in Virginia,” Romney said of Vice President Biden’s warning that Romney would put them “back in chains.”

“And the White House sinks a little bit lower,” he said.

Romney’s speech on the streets of downtown Chillicothe – the last event on his swing-state bus tour – was elaborately produced. The campaign blocked off several city blocks and hung a giant flag behind the site where Romney would emerge from his campaign bus to be greeted by throngs of supporters waving signs and flags.

On-stage, Romney cast himself as a patriot who would return America to its heyday of prosperity.

“Everywhere I go in America there are monuments that list those who have given their lives for liberty,” Romney said. “There is no mention of their race, their party affiliation or what they did for a living. They lived and died under a single flag fighting for a single purpose. They pledged allegiance to the United States of America.”

Romney continued: “So Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago and let us get about rebuilding and reuniting America.”

The speech came as Romney’s campaign released a TV ad attacking Obama on Medicare – a hot-button issue Democrats have aimed to wield against Romney after he chose Paul Ryan as his running mate. Ryan authored a controversial plan in the House to reshape Medicare for those under age 55.

A spokesman for the Obama campaign immediately fired back at Romney's speech, in another sign the Romney-Obama battle was quickly turning more negative.

“Gov. Romney’s comments tonight seemed unhinged, and particularly strange coming at a time when he’s pouring tens of millions of dollars into negative ads that are demonstrably false,” said Obama campaign Press Secretary Ben LaBolt.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Ohio • President Obama
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. manhandler1

    He looks scared. Ya think?

    August 15, 2012 03:39 am at 3:39 am |
  2. Kendall Mayfield

    It seems Neither of these campaigns EVER have anything positive to say,Yet one of them Will be OUR President...Hmmmm.

    August 15, 2012 04:03 am at 4:03 am |
  3. William C.

    Wow! You know I truly feel sorry for Gov. Romney. Let's just say for example, if I was totally displeased with everything the President is doing, this is who I have to look forward too fixing our country? I don't think so. Listen it's obvious that SOME people are still stuck in the 40's & 50's, and all I can do is pray that Obama supporters get out there and vote, PLEASE!!! Gov. Romney, really!?!

    August 15, 2012 04:24 am at 4:24 am |
  4. Stopthemadness

    If you listen to this man and believe what he says, you will regret it. He has proven time and time again nothing he says will be true five minutes after he says it. He wants to destroy the middle class because he thinks if e does there will be more profit for the upper class. To bad he is so ignorant he doesn't realize they will have to do all the work at that point.

    August 15, 2012 05:57 am at 5:57 am |
  5. don

    Intellectually exhausted? This coming from a man with no principles or beliefs Just the crap you expect from the Romney and Son ticket

    August 15, 2012 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  6. Marie MD

    "intellectually exhausted"? As if you even know what the word means.
    At least the President doesn't look like somebody who is on his own planet already when he looks at people. That creepy smirky smile look of yours really creeps me out.
    All that is missing is the trench coat!

    August 15, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  7. onlyfacts61

    Saying the President is "Intellectually exhausted" is a wild and reckless accusation. Every ad produced by Romney's goons is about division and anger. I cannot believe this guy can get away with this "stuff". Pretty soon. Romney's going to complain that Obama has'nt paid his fair share of taxes and his republican followers will then demand to see more of Obamas tax returns.

    August 15, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  8. Linda

    Romney is unhinged.....he is the one that started the really negitive campaign in his own primaryies with his own fellow republicans.....even the GOP said the ran the ugliest most negitive Obama new what Romney would do to him and the democrats, he would be even more negitive and what's good for the goose is good for the gander.....but Romney is a cry baby and crys over every thing anyone says against him, he's a bully, he thinks he can do what everry he wants and say what ever he wants but no one can do the same the same to him...Romney would disgrace the Office of President if he got it........

    August 15, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  9. BinaryTooth

    Obama is out of amo and now relies will rely on character attacks and creating controversy out of thin air like the "war on women." Gesh!!!! Why can't he just run on his record? Where is hope and change?

    August 15, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  10. Stephen in VA

    “wild and reckless accusations that disgrace the office of the presidency” – Pot, kettle, black. That is all.

    August 15, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
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