With election day right around the corner, both presidential candidates are doing what they can to get votes come Tuesday. Republicans Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney are hitting the campaign trail and trying to use a comment said by Barack Obama in Ohio Friday to their advantage.
While talking to a crowd of potential voters, a point came when the crowd began booing after Romney’s name was mentioned. As a result, Obama replied, “No, no, no — don’t boo, vote. Vote. Voting is the best revenge.” The Romney campaign has responded by running a new ad and also talking to voters by asking them to vote for the reason that you love your country; not for revenge.
Obama’s aides quickly came to defend his comment by saying the comment was meant to reflect Romney’s so-called “scare tactics.” Obama’s campaign spokesperson, Jen Psaki, said the comment the President made was in the context that Romney is “closing his campaign with an ad full of scare tactics that’s frightening workers in Ohio and thinking falsely that they’re not going to have a job.” It was also intended to send a message to voters that they could decide to vote against Romney if they felt that his plan ultimately is “a bad deal for the middle class.”
Romney’s new television ad that was released on Saturday on the exchange is called “Revenge or Love of Country.” During the ad, Romney is shown saying the line that refers to love of country. It is followed by a text popping up on the screen, asking “What is Your Reason for Voting?’ While Romney appears in a television spot trying to use Obama’s revenge comment to the Republicans advantage, Paul Ryan was trying to achieve this Saturday morning in southeastern Ohio.
Ryan spoke to an enthusiastic crowd in the recreation center at Marietta College chastising Obama for not fulfilling his promises. “In 2008, he appealed to our higher aspirations. Now, he’s appealing to lowest fears. “Just yesterday, he was asking supporters at a rally to vote out of revenge. Mitt Romney and I are asking you to vote out of love of country.”
Former South Carolina Republican Governor, Mark Sanford, had dismissed Saturday the revenge comment made by Obama. He felt that the statement seemed reasonable and that Romney should just leave it alone. Speaking with Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett about Obama’s comment, he felt that the Republicans should not focus on the comment “because I think if you look at this whole notion why people vote, well, they don’t vote for the idea of country generally, they vote for specifics they believe in.”
Sanford also said that instead of focusing on Obama’s comment, he should be focusing on more important issues. “I just think, again, this is much ado about nothing, and he would do a lot better focusing on economy and jobs.” To Sanford, the issue mostly was part of the “incredible partisan nature of the final days of any campaign, when you mention the guy’s name and the crowd starts booing.” He continued later by saying “It’s sort of the theatrics of politics. And you have this back-and-forth, it turns a lot of people off.”
Obama Says VOTING IS THE BEST REVENGE Against Romney
When giving Speech at Campaign Rally in Springfield, Ohio November 2, 2012, Obama told a crowd at a campaign rally to stop booing Romney and, ” Vote! Voting’s the best revenge!”
Mitt Romney Ad Against Obama
We each have our own reasons for voting. President Obama said voting is the best revenge. Mitt Romney asked supporters to vote for love of country.