In the wake of Tuesday night’s heated Republican presidential debate, President Barack Obama’s campaign spent a great deal of time on a post-mortem conference call with reporters criticizing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the GOP frontrunner.
Campaign manager Jim Messina went straight from a brief introduction to telling reporters, “Last night at the debate, Mitt Romney proved he will stand for and say anything to get elected.”
Messina tied Romney’s health care plan to the one Obama signed into law and then heaped criticism on the former governor for his immigration and economic policies.
Rarely were other candidate’s names mentioned, and when asked specifically about businessman Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax policy proposal, a topic that took up the first 20 minutes of the debate, campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt described it as “largely a tax increase on the middle class and a tax increase on lower-income Americans.”
Messina chimed in to turn the discussion back to Romney and his economic proposals, accusing Romney for the second time of “having no credibility.”
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.