The theme of today’s U.S. presidential coverage is “Ugly.”
As in ugly comments on both sides. Mitt Romney, perhaps having got all worked up by the attention he’s been getting since picking Paul Ryan as his running mate, unleashed some notably stupid accusations on Wednesday.
“The president’s campaign is all about division and attack and hatred,” he said, adding that Barack Obama is “running just to hang onto power, and I think he would do anything in his power” to keep his job. The White House termed the remarks as “unhinged”, which seems pretty accurate. But not before good old Vice President Joe Biden chimed in, telling a mainly black audience in Virgina that the Romney/Ryan team is “going to put y’all back in chains.” Fortunately he didn’t have any fried chicken to wave around when he said it.
The Democrats are accusing Republicans of “swift-boating” them — a reference to a dirty tricks campaign unleashed on Democrat candidate John Kerry in 2004 — after Reuters reported a group of former U.S. intelligence and Special Forces operatives would run ads attacking the president for taking credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden.
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