Election-year politics will continue into DNC
One day after accepting his party's nomination to be President, Mitt Romney was in Louisiana touring damage from Hurricane Isaac. The President, meanwhile, also limited attacks on his rival, but his event before Army soldiers wasn't entirely free of election-year politics. Josh Robin has the story.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- After rallying his part on Thursday, Mitt Romney spoke to a different group: President Obama's supporters from four years ago.
"I know they're here. They're not as visible as they used to be. You can see some of the glue on the back of the bumper sticker where it used to be," said Romney.
He then cancelled a trip to Virginia in order to tour parts of Louisiana that were damaged by the hurricane, which the President will be surveying next week.
When the balloons dropped on the Republican's official standard-bearer, Obama ceded the spotlight. Hours later, the Democrat fired back, reminding voters of what catapulted him to office in the first place: opposition to the Iraq War. He was marking two years of troops leaving. The White House called it an official event, but probably wouldn't object if it ended up swaying undecided voters.
The President also had a strong response to Republicans stating that America under Obama's leadership, is waning.
"American's greatest days have yet to come, and that we remain the greatest force for freedom the world has ever known," stated Obama.
He also made sure to mention Afghanistan, which his advisors note, was not in Romney's speech.
The GOP banks on this being an election about the economy, and it's Vice Presidential pick is again saying that the President's soaring speeches will not bring back jobs.
"Ladies and gentlemen, our problem is that we have not heard enough words in the White House. Our problem is that we had not had enough leadership in the White House," said Paul Ryan.
On the other side, Vice President Joe Biden was drawing attention to a discredited line in Ryan's speech, that an auto plant in his hometown shuttered on Obama's watch, which actually happened before the President was sworn in.
Obama's team is seizing on those kinds of disputed lines as evidence that Romney can't be trusted.
The Democratic National Convention in Charlotte opens on Tuesday, where we can expect them to continue these arguments on a bigger stage.