Skip to comments.Obama's 'revenge' comment reverberates on campaign trail
Posted on 11/03/2012 3:25:40 PM PDT by randita
GOP nominee Mitt Romney began his final weekend campaign blitz in New Hampshire Saturday morning, ripping President Obama for telling supporters that "voting is the best revenge."
"Vote for revenge? Let me tell you: Vote for love of country," Romney said to cheers.
Obama made the remark at a Friday rally after supporters booed Romney. No, no, no. Don't boo. Vote, Obama told a crowd in Springfield, Ohio. Voting is the best revenge.
The GOP nominee jumped on the comment later that day, and his campaign released an ad attacking the president for it Saturday morning.
The Obama campaign said Saturday that the president's comment was made in the context of Romney's scare tactics.
Spokeswoman Psaki said a Romney TV ad running in the state that suggests Chrysler was moving production of Jeep models to China was an attempt at frightening workers in Ohio into thinking, falsely, that theyre not going to have a job.
And the message he was sending is if you dont like the policies, if you dont like the plan that Gov. Romney is putting forward, if you think thats a bad deal for the middle class, then you can go to the voting booth and cast your ballot, Psaki said. Its nothing more complicated than that.
At his first rally Saturday in Mentor, Ohio, Obama again used his "don't boo, vote" line, but he did repeat the revenge comment.
The president did, however, attack Romney on the Jeep ads.
Changing the facts when theyre inconvenient to your campaign, thats definitely not change, Obama said at the rally in Mentor, Ohio. But thats what Gov. Romneys been doing these last few weeks right here in Ohio.
Team Obama continued to get questions about the revenge remark on a conference call with reporters late Saturday afternoon.
Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt did not repeat Psakis explanation that Obama was referring to the Jeep ads. Instead he said Obamas revenge comment was just replacing his common dont boo, vote refrain.
If you disagree that we should return to the same policies that crashed the economy and devastated the middle class in the first place, the place to make your voice heard is at the polls, and thats exactly what the president addressed last night, LaBolt said.
LaBolt also took a shot at the Romney campaign for focusing on the comment.
Its interesting that thats the closing argument that the Romney campaign is making. I think that it seems very small, LaBolt said.
While Romney and Obama are deadlocked in most national polls, the president has held the lead in most swing-state polls, including those in every state Romney is visiting this weekend. While Romney's momentum following the first presidential debate seemed to be dissipating by the end of the week, to some observers it seems that Hurricane Sandy further stalled it and gave President Obama a boost.
If you hadnt had the storm, there would have been more of a chance for the Romney campaign to talk about the deficit, the debt, the economy. There was a stutter in the campaign. When you have attention drawn away to somewhere else, to something else, it is not to [Romney's] advantage, top Republican strategist Karl Rove told The Washington Post Friday night.
The president visited Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters early Saturday before leaving for appearances in Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa and Virginia. After a briefing and conference call on Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, Obama said that his team was putting 120 percent into making sure communities have the resources they need, adding that there's nothing more important than us getting this right.
Someone ping me when the new civil war starts. This is reminiscent of the behavior right before the last one...
Revenge for what??
There are so many lies in this story I don’t where to start.
It says Obama is ahead in all the state polls for swing states. Good grief. A Florida poll puts Romney ahead. A Virginia poll puts Romney ahead. A Wisconsin poll has him tied. A Susquehanna poll has Romney ahead 4 points. A New Hampshire poll has him tied. An Iowa poll has him tied.
What a bunch liars at Politico. HACKS ONE AND ALL.
Obama is man-child thug. The revenge remark let’s everybody see who he really is.
revenge for what???
Obama’s racism front and center.
Some days it seems almost inevitable . . .
This is how Democrats roll. The Media is in bed with them and are also thugs.
I like the begrudging way they start off reporting the line, then 90% of the remainder of the article quotes Obama & his minions in “defense”...
Obama urges supporters to "vote" as an act of revenge. But, he is REALLY giving them permission to riot after the Romney landslide. It's a dog whistle kind of thing.
Revenge for his having a black father. Revenge for his mother shuffling him off to his grandparents. Revenge for the education he got from Frank Davis. Revenge for his whole negative life. He wants everybody to pay.
I live in a rental in a Hispanic majority trailer park and I sleep like a baby.
The words of a POTUS carry a lot of weight and his supporters will take his remarks about "revenge" seriously after he loses and seek ways to act it out. 0coward has been a divider all along...
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A President who uses his bully pulpit to mock and taunt Americans, who incites his followers to be confrontational, creates an atmosphere of incivility and violence.
More evidence that they will heed his dog whistle to violence...
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