Obama Critical of Romney’s ‘Extreme Positions’ on Economic, Social Issues
President Barack Obama said Mitt Romney has locked himself into “extreme positions” on economic and social issues and would surely impose them if elected, trying to discredit his Republican rival at the biggest political moment of his life.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Obama said Romney lacks serious ideas, refuses to “own up” to the responsibilities of what it takes to be president and deals in factually dishonest arguments that could soon haunt him in debates.
Obama also offered a glimpse of how he would govern in a second term of divided government, insisting that the forces of the election would help break Washington’s stalemate.
Mainly, Obama was intent on countering Romney even before his challenger got to the Republican National Convention, which is scheduled to convene Monday in Tampa.
“I can’t speak to Gov. Romney’s motivations,” Obama said. “What I can say is that he has signed up for positions, extreme positions. … 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.”