The Obama campaign put the hammer down on Romney’s attempt to go birther by labeling him a birther and calling out his desperate dog whistle plea to the GOP.
Here is the video of Romney playing the birther card:
While campaigning in Commerce, Michigan, Romney said, “I love being home, in this place where Ann and I were raised, where both of us were born. Ann was born in Henry Ford Hospital, I was born in Harper Hospital. No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate; they know that this is the place where both of us were born and raised.”
In response to Romney’s trip down the birther trail, Obama campaign spokesman Ben LeBolt said, “Throughout this campaign, Governor Romney has embraced the most strident voices in his party instead of standing up to them. It’s one thing to give the stage in Tampa to Donald Trump, Sheriff Arpaio, and Kris Kobach. But Governor Romney’s decision to directly enlist himself in the birther movement should give pause to any rational voter across America.”
Romney is correct. No one has ever asked for his birth certificate, but the American people are demanding to see the tax returns that he continues to refuse to release.
Desperate campaigns do desperate things, and with nearly every poll except Fox News showing him trailing Obama, Mitt Romney is getting desperate.
The Obama campaign made an interesting point that I think you are going to see repeated during the fall campaign. Mitt Romney is too weak to lead. Instead of standing up to the extremists in his party, Romney has bowed down to them.
Whether it has been tea partiers, anti-abortion extremists, or birthers, when faced with the challenge of leading his party, Mitt Romney has caved to the will of the far right. Romney was one of the last national Republicans to call on Todd Akin to get out of the Missouri Senate race. He refused to stand up to Rush Limbaugh after the talk show host called Sandra Fluke a slut.
Mitt Romney is not a leader. He is still trying to convince the far right that he is one of them. John McCain stood up to the birthers in 2008, and told them they were wrong, but Mitt Romney is no John McCain.
Every time Romney makes a reference to the president’s birth certificate, the Obama campaign is going to make him pay. If Romney wants to be painted as birther, the Obama campaign will be happy to do so.
President Obama isn’t going to stand by and let birtherism go unchallenged. Mitt Romney is losing and he knows it, so he is pulling out every dirty trick in the book. Birtherism didn’t work in 2008, and it is going to cost him votes in 2012.
Barack Obama is going to make certain of that.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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