TAMPA, FL — Along with all the red staters at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, there are several Obama For America staffers who are monitoring the events from an office they’re calling the “Romney Economics: Wrong for the Middle Class War Room” and one Republican National Committee staffer has repeatedly attempted to get behind enemy lines and into the Obama campaign’s convention outpost. This morning, Obama For America Director of Rapid Response Lis Smith tweeted that Tim Miller, the digitally savvy deputy communications director of the Republican National Committee had tried and failed to infiltrate the Democrats’ convention war room.
“@Timodc’s attempts to crash our office have been even less successful than @MittRomney’s reinvention convention. Not an easy feat,” Ms. Smith wrote, referring to Mr. Miller by his Twitter handle.
At a rally in Wisconsin last night, Mitt Romney demanded President Barack Obama take his “campaign out of the gutter.” This morning, the Obama campaign responded with a statement blaming the negative tone of the campaign on Mr. Romney’s “dishonest ads.”
“If Mitt Romney wants to take politics out of the gutter, he might want to start with his own campaign ads,” Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said.
On a Romney campaign press call this morning, former New Hampshire governor and White House chief of staff John Sununu said he wished President Barack Obama “would learn how to be an American.” Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith responded by releasing a statement saying Mr. Sununu’s “meltdown” was evidence Team Romney wants to “change the conversation” after the controversies over Mr. Romney’s offshore assets and his departure from Bain Capital.
“The Romney campaign has officially gone off the deep end. The question is what else they’ll pull to avoid answering serious questions about Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital and investments in foreign tax havens and offshore accounts,” Ms. Smith said. “This meltdown and over-the-top rhetoric won’t make things better- it only calls attention to how desperate they are to change the conversation.”
This morning’s edition of the Boston Globe contained a report that “government documents filed by Mitt Romney and Bain Capital say Romney remained chief executive and chairman of the firm three years beyond the date he said he ceded control” bolstering the Obama campaign’s argument that Mr. Romney was responsible for outsourcing that occurred at Bain. The Globe article came just as the Romney campaign released a new ad describing the outsourcing claims as “dishonest.” Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith responded with a statement saying, “Romney’s False Ad Is Based On His Big Bain Lie.”
“Mitt Romney’s ad is based on the false premise that he left Bain Capital in February 1999, an assertion that today’s Boston Globe and official documents filed with the SEC and the State of Massachusetts demonstrate is just not true,” Ms. Smith said. “The fact is that Romney, despite his big Bain lie, served as president and CEO of his corporate buyout firm until three years later and is responsible for the American jobs that were shipped overseas during that period.”
Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul countered the Globe article with a statement of her own labeling the Globe story “inaccurate.”
Yesterday, Mitt Romney wrapped up his six state bus tour in Michigan, the state where he was raised and his father was governor from 1963 until 1969. In an appearance in Michigan yesterday, Mr. Romney made a bold prediction to the audience.
“I’m going to win Michigan with your help!” he said.
The Obama campaign is also predicting the outcome in Michigan, but they say Mr. Romney has not shot. In a statement released last night, Obama For America spokeswoman Lis Smith shot down Mr. Romney’s promise of a victory in the Wolverine State.
A few hours after the release of Mitt Romney’s latest commerical this morning, Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith fired back with a “fact check” of the ad. In her statement, Ms. Smith describes Mr. Romney’s commercial as full of “empty promises.”
“Contrary the claims made in his latest ad, on Day One, Mitt Romney would blow a hole in the deficit with $5 trillion worth of budget-busting tax cuts weighted towards millionaires and billionaires. And we know Mitt Romney can’t be trusted to stand up to China because in 2010 he criticized President Obama for acting to protect the American tire industry, calling it ‘decidedly bad for the nation and our workers.’ If Mitt Romney had had his way, more than one thousand American workers’ jobs would have been on the chopping block,” Ms. Smith said.
Earlier today, the Romney campaign sent out a chart criticizing President Obama’s record on the economy. President Obama’s spokeswoman, Lis Smith, responded with a lengthy, footnoted email describing the chart as a “misleading infographic.
“Mitt Romney’s latest dishonest attack on the President’s record requires Americans to forget that when President Obama was elected, our nation was in the midst of an economic crisis and losing 750,000 jobs a month. But he can’t change the reality that the President brought the economy back from the brink of collapse and that we’ve now seen over 4.2 million private sector jobs created over the last 26 months,” Ms. Smith wrote.
Stand By Me
President Obama’s campaign spokeswoman, Lis Smith, sent out an outraged response after the president was blasted by a woman who said he should be “tried for treason” and a local politician made a speech slamming him for taking vacations at Mitt Romney’s town hall event in Euclid, Ohio.
“Today we saw Mitt Romney’s version of leadership: standing by silently as his chief surrogate attacked the President’s family at the event and another supporter alleged that the President should be tried for treason,” Ms. Smith said. “Time after time in this campaign, Mitt Romney has had the opportunity to show that he has the fortitude to stand up to hateful and over-the-line rhetoric and time after time, he has failed to do so. If this is the ‘leadership’ he has shown on the campaign trail, what can the American people expect of him as commander-in-chief?”