With sights set on Romney, Obama says eager for campaign

WASHINGTON Thu Apr 5, 2012 10:32pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday called out his likely opponent for the White House by name for the second time this week and said he "cannot wait" for the chance to pit his vision for America against the Republicans in this year's election.

In remarks that underscore the president's shift into full general election-fighting mode, Obama acknowledged Mitt Romney was the front-runner to win the Republican nomination to face him on November 6, and said he relished the upcoming contest.

"We are going to have a big and important debate in this country, and I cannot wait," the Democrat told supporters at a fundraising event in Washington. "This is going to be a big debate and it's going to be a fun debate. It's always good to have the truth on your side," he said.

The president had barely mentioned the former Massachusetts governor by name for months but has done so twice this week. Romney moved closer to clinching the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday when he won three primary contests.

Obama fiercely attacked Republican budget plans earlier this week. On Thursday he again warned supporters the plan would gut many popular social programs, adding that it was "a budget that Governor Romney, who is the front-runner on the Republican side, has embraced ... the budget was marvelous, he said."

(Reporting By Alister Bull; Editing by Paul Simao)

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policywhiz wrote:
We need to gut many of the social programs that the President wants to hold onto. We are borrowing money to fund these programs and if we do not stop the big spending programs we will be like Greece and Spain in a very short time. The social programs he wants to keep are only votes he wants to keep. Americans cannot be bought by handouts they would rather work and earn their own way in life and to be free of big Government.

Apr 05, 2012 10:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ImStillRyan wrote:
The eagerness of Mr. Obama to join the campaign trail isn’t news. He has been on the stoop since day 2 as President, and all at taxpayer expense. Imagine the hundreds of hours, both man and equipment, we will be paying for once he gets on a roll.
One campaign issue will be jobs. Not just adding new jobs, but eliminating wasteful and government departments. And, if there’s one area where we need to decrease jobs, it’s in the thousands of staff added to the public payroll to service Mr. and Mrs. Obama, in a style they never had seen before. But they’re happy to spend as fast as they can now.
I look forward to the discussion of making everyone pay for the extreme excesses of the Obama’s, while talking about the sins of the entrepreneurs who DO create jobs and profits. Something a junior Senator, and social services worker, never spent a minute doing in his lofty career.
We need real life experience instead of failed philosophies, and collegiate radical rants. If you can reason, the coming election will give you clear choices, and not verbal fantasy “Change”.
God Bless America.

Apr 05, 2012 10:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
fred5407 wrote:
Dah. I think that Mr Obama would like to do what he does well. Spinning yarns, promising a chicken for every pot, and blaming people for his failures. I agree with ImStillRyan-Right on. I don’t know if any of you get any of the propaganda from the Democratic National Committee but the crap in these emails is nothing more than poorly phrased lies and accusations. Somebody is being paid to write this garbage, and I suspect the RNC is just as bad. It is no wonder Washington is so screwed up if they be;ieve and spew this filth.

Apr 06, 2012 1:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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