Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney says the Obama administration is attacking him personally because if President Barack Obama had to run on his record “he wouldn’t stand much of a chance.” The presumed front-runner for the GOP 2012 presidential nod also said Wednesday on Fox News Obama is “way over his head.”
“If the president were required to run on his record, he wouldn’t stand much of a chance,” Romney told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “His record of course is awful — you’ve got 25 million people that are out of work, or stopped looking for work, or in jobs well beneath their skills. You got a home values going down — S&P just reduce our credit worthiness.
“The American people know that the president’s policies domestically have failed — and as a result of those failures, the people of America simply could not consider re-electing Barack Obama as president,” Romney said. “And so, he’s resorting to destroying the candidate who is going to run against him — I hope I’m that candidate. And it’s unfortunate, but it’s the reality of a president that’s flailing and trying to find some way to hold on to his job.”
Earlier this week, an unnamed prominent Democratic strategist aligned with the White House told Politico that “Unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments, he will have to kill Romney.”
Hannity said if a GOP strategist said the same thing, Democrats would be outraged. He asked Romney whether the former Massachusetts governor is ready for will undoubtedly be a brutal fight for the presidency.
“Well, of course you fight back — the president is going to go after every dimension of warfare he can think of — then of course you respond aggressively and dynamically, and you point out not personal failings, those are not relevant right now,” Romney said.
“The American people want to know who can get this economy going again — and you fight back by pointing out the president’s remarkable failures,” he said. “You know, I don’t happen to think he’s a bad person — I just think he’s in way over his head. And with people suffering in this country, they recognize that we need new leadership and a new direction.”
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