Romney takes off the gloves

Whatever you may have thought of the presidential race previously as far as the depths to which it could descend, you ain't seen nothing yet.

Mitt Romney, building on Joe Biden's ugly racial smear in North Carolina, has accused Obama of running a campaign of "division, anger, ahd hate" and urged the president to take those tactics "back to Chicago."


Addressing a crowd of several thousand here in Chillicothe, Romney expanded on the main theme of his campaign since he chose Paul Ryan as his running mate: that the Republican ticket is offering "solutions," while Obama is running a small and brutish reelection bid.

"This is an election in which we should be talking about the path ahead, but you don't hear any answers coming from President Obama's reelection campaign," said Romney, accusing Obama of "taking things to a new low."

Referring to Joe Biden's comment that Romney and Republicans would let big business put Americans "back in chains" Romney said Obama's "campaign and his surrogates have made wild and reckless accusations that disgrace the office of the presidency. Another outrageous charge just came a few hours ago in Virginia."

"This is what an angry and desperate presidency looks like," Romney said. "He won't win that way."

The denunciation of Obama's campaign was the main thrust of Romney's remarks, but the former Massachusetts governor also spotlighted his new running mate and the "bold" branding of the ticket.

Romney did not make specific reference to Ryan's budget plans or his proposals for overhauling Medicare. Romney delivered the same attack on Obama's health care record that his campaign made in a TV ad today: that the Affordable Care Act routes money away from Medicare.

"Paul and I have a positive agenda that will lead to economic growth," Romney said. "We're offering solutions that are bold, specific and achievable."

"[Obama] is taking your money to finance his risky and unproven takeover of the health care system. He is putting Medicare at greater risk," Romney said. "We will not let Obamacare happen."

I'm sure the Romney campaign was grateful for the opening supplied by Biden and his chains comment. In fact, Biden may be one of the best things that Romney has going for him. There will be increased attention paid to him as a result of the Ryan choice and the gaffe prone Veep will no doubt supply the GOP campaign with plenty of material.