Barack Obama: ‘Romney’s policies would make things worse’

From The Guardian UK:

President’s AP interview calculated to take a bit of Romney’s spotlight ahead of Republican National Convention this week

in New York, Saturday 25 August 2012

President Barack Obama has laid into his would-be White House replacement in a fervent attack on Mitt Romney‘s policies and character designed to knock his challenger off course ahead of a crucial convention speech.

In a calculated move timed just days before Republican delegates meet in Florida to nod through Romney as their presidential candidate, Obama accused his rival of holding “extreme positions” and failing to “own up” to responsibilities.

In an interview with the Associated Press, the president said that contrary to common belief, he had no beef with the former Massachusetts governor on a personal level, adding: “I don’t really know him well.”

But he attacked Romney on positions the candidate has taken that tie him to the right wing of his party, and cast aspersion over whether the Republican presidential hope had adopted stances out of conviction or through political expediency.

In the interview conducted Thursday but released on Saturday, Obama said: “I can’t speak to governor Romney’s motivations,” adding: “What I can say is that he has signed up for positions, extreme positions, that are very consistent with positions that a number of House Republicans have taken.

“And whether he actually believes in those or not, I have no doubt that he would carry forward some of the things that he’s talked about.”

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