Between President Barack Obama’s first direct assault on Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney this week, and Romney’s harsh attack on the president, it’s clear that the general election battle has in fact begun.
Obama is seeking to portray Romney as an out-of-touch, fat cat, mocking his use of the word “marvelous,” for example. And the former Massachusetts governor is hitting Obama as an out of touch egotist “surrounded by an adoring staff of true believers,” Politico
reports. It’s only April, but the two candidates are going at it like it’s October.
Meanwhile, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, who steadfastly remain in the GOP race, are being shunted to the side.
“The attacks that Obama is launching on the GOP House, the Ryan budget and Mitt Romney will actually intensify the pressure on Santorum, Gingrich, and Paul to end their campaigns and redirect their fire away from the front-runner and toward the president,” Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., told Politico. “Republicans instinctively know the real fight is now in the general election, not the primaries.”
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