Video: Romney tells CBS that Obama’s running to “hang onto power”

posted at 8:41 am on August 15, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Mitt Romney continued to hammer Barack Obama for the tone of his campaign, calling it based on “jealousy and anger” in an interview today with CBS News. “I think he’ll do anything in his power,” Romney said, “to get re-elected. … He’s running to hang onto power.”

National Journal reported on the interview:

After lashing out on Tuesday at President Obama’s as “angry and desperate,” Mitt Romney again used tough language to describe his opponent in a television interview on Wednesday.

“If you look at the ads that have been described and the divisiveness based upon income, age, ethnicity and so forth, it’s designed to bring a sense of enmity and jealous and anger,” Romney said on CBS’s This Morning on Wednesday. “The president seems to be running to hang on to power. I think he’ll do anything in his power to try and get re-elected.”

Romney accused Obama of waging a campaign of anger and hate on Tuesday in a speech in Ohio, citing an incident in which Vice President Joe Biden told an audience, which included African-Americans, that Romney’s policies would “unchain” Wall Street and put citizens “back in chains.”

CBS tried a couple of times to get Romney to accuse Biden of dog-whistling on racism, but Romney cagily wouldn’t bite.  Instead, he just noted that Americans were disgusted by Biden’s comments, and that the Obama-Biden campaign is “not uplifting, not uniting,” but attempting to win through division and anger.

On budgets and Medicare, Romney emphasized that he’s running on his own budget, and that he would restore the $716 billion in cuts to Medicare imposed by Obama.  Romney talked a little bit about the differences between his and Ryan’s plans, emphasizing that his own plan accomplishes budget balance earlier than Ryan’s.

Overall, a very good performance by Romney, who by the end of the interview had CBS’ anchors laughing and asking soft questions.  Put in Olympic terms, Romney stuck the landing.


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