As a contentious and extremely-close Presidential race enters its final week — battling not only for votes but also to cope with massive scheduling changes from the “Frankenstorm” — the surreal nature of a campaign run amok is highlighted by the Democratic incumbent accusing his Republican challenger of non-stop taxes and big government.
Said Obama at a campaign stop in Nashua, New Hampshire:
He’s been running around saying he’s got a five-point plan for the economy. Turns out it’s a one-point plan: Folks at the very top get to play by a different set of rules than you do. They get to pay lower tax rates, outsource jobs. They want to let Wall Street run wild and make reckless bets with other folks’ money. That was his philosophy when he was a CEO. That was his philosophy as governor.
And as President Clinton said, he does have a lot of brass because he’s not talking about big change, but all he’s offering is a big rerun of the same policies that created so much hardship for so many American.
For Obama, who has spent most of his first term as President blaming his failures on his predecessor — former President George W. Bush — the heightened campaign rhetoric has a familiar ring: Romney is just another Bush, another big-government Republican.
Romney’s campaign responded to the President’s latest rhetoric as “desperate attacks.” Said Romney spokesman Ryan Williams:
The desperate attacks are laughable coming from a president whose only plan for a second term is to recycle the failed policies of the last four years while raising taxes by $2 trillion.
Democratic strategists tell Capitol Hill Blue that Obama’s increasingly heated rhetoric is based — at least in part — on desperation. The president is behind in some polls, uncomfortably close in others and both he and Romney know that the race could go down to the wire and be decided by the all-too-important independent voters in swing states.
Increasingly, the polls suggest those voters are taking a second look at Romney and feeling that he — not the incumbent — may be a better leader in dealing with the economic crisis that has gripped the nation for the last several years.