DES MOINES, IA – President Barack Obama delivered one of his most direct attacks against Mitt Romney here Thursday night, painting Romney as an out-of-touch corporate raider.
At this event, held before an enthusiastic crowd of 2,500 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, Obama reminded the crowd that Romney said “corporations are people,” while stumping in Iowa last August during the Republican primary. The president said there may be value in Romney’s experience in corporate buyouts, “but it’s not in the White House.”
He also noted that the former governor doesn’t talk about his record in Massachusetts.
Speaking directly to Iowans, Obama used local lingo to slam Romney: “Governor Romney came to Des Moines last week and warned of a prairie fire of debt,” he said. “But he left out some facts. His speech was more like a cow pie of distortion.”
Then he quipped, “I don’t know whose record he twisted the most – mine or his.”
Obama warned his supporters that this race would be tougher than 2008 and argued that he represents the future and Romney the past.
"We don't need another political fight about ending women's right to choose or getting rid of Planned Parenthood," Mr. Obama said as the crowd erupted into cheers.
The president portrayed the event as a homecoming – Iowa helped launch Mr. Obama's campaign in 2008.
"Four or five years ago it was you who kept us going when pundits had written us off,” he told the audience. “In front porches, in backyards, our movement for change began."
Several people in the crowd yelled back: "We love you!"