Mitt Romney's campaign manager, Matt Rhoades, has responded to the Politico report noting that Team Obama plans to portray Romney as inauthentic and will use his Bain Capital days against him -- if Romney is the GOP nominee.
"Unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments, he will have to kill Romney," a prominent Democratic strategist aligned with the White House told Politico.
Said Rhoades in a statement:
"It is disgraceful that President Obama's campaign has launched his re-election with the stated goal to 'kill' his opponent with an onslaught of negative and personal attacks. President Obama will say and do desperate things to hold onto power because he knows he has failed. Neither despicable threats, nor President Obama's billion dollar negative campaign, will put Americans back to work, save their homes, or restore their hopes. On November 6, 2012, this will change."