“President Barack Obama’s campaign is launching a new offensive Monday against Republican Mitt Romney, blasting the GOP nominee for criticizing Americans who don’t pay income taxes without having ‘come clean’ about his own,” the AP writes. “The campaign started the new push with a television advertisement, its first spot using Romney’s comments that 47 percent of voters pay no income tax, and believe they are victims and entitled to government assistance. The ad was to begin airing in Ohio — a crucial swing state where Romney was campaigning this week — but was also expected to be part of the campaign’s final push elsewhere between now and Election Day.”
Here’s the ad and script:
ANNOUNCER: “Mitt Romney attacked 47% of Americans who pay no income tax, including veterans, elderly, the disabled. ROMNEY [FROM VIDEO]: “My job is not to worry about those people.” ANNOUNCER: Doesn’t the president have to worry about everyone? Mitt Romney paid just 14.1% in taxes last year. He keeps millions in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. He won’t release his tax returns before 2010. Maybe instead of attacking others on taxes [up flashes images of a veteran, someone elderly, someone disabled], Romney should come clean on his.
Republicans jumped on Obama saying, “I haven't raised taxes. I've cut taxes for middle class families by an average of $3,600 per typical family.” Republicans pivot to “ObamaCare” and that it would raise taxes for some.
Addressing the gridlock in Washington, Obama said he couldn’t convince Republicans on his own, sounding the theme again of change coming from the outside. “I won't get them to-- make them change their minds,” he said. “The American people will. I mean, ultimately, the American people agree with me that the only way we bring down our deficit is to do it in a balanced way. … I'm hoping that after the smoke clears and the election season's over that that spirit of cooperation comes more to the fore.”
Obama, in fact, said his biggest disappointment is “that we haven't changed the tone in Washington as much as I would have liked.”
Politico picks up on that as its lead: “President Barack Obama’s biggest disappointment of the last four years is not being able to change the climate in Washington, even as he has brought change to the nation.”
New York magazine picks up on foreign policy.
And some, like the Jewish Press and Haaretz, have picked up on Obama dismissing Netanyahu’s criticism has “noise.” Here’s his full answer: “When it comes to our national security decisions, any pressure that I feel is simply to do what's right for the American people. And I am going to block out any noise that's out there. Now I feel an obligation, not pressure but obligation, to make sure that we're in close consultation with the Israelis on these issues because it affects them deeply. They're one of our closest allies in the region. And we've got an Iranian regime that has said horrible things that directly threaten Israel's existence.”
Obama also took a shot at Romney when he was asked about Romney’s criticism that he’s been took weak on foreign policy, particularly when it comes to Iran and Syria. “If Gov. Romney is suggesting that we should start another war, he should say so.”
Bill Clinton said he has “no earthly idea” whether his wife will run for president in 2016 if Obama wins. He said she’s “tired,” but “She’s really worked hard. I think she’s done a fabulous job. I’m very proud of her. But she wants to take some time off, kind of regroup.”