Obama Responds to Romney Attacks: No One Would Say ‘We Have Tried to Divide the Country’


GETTY P 070312 RomneyObamaPodiumJPG?  SQUARESPACE CACHEVERSION=1345168433589JEWEL SAMAD/FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Image(NEW YORK) — President Obama is pushing back against Mitt Romney’s latest attack, claiming his campaign has not in any way “tried to divide the country.”

Mitt Romney accused the president earlier this week of running a “campaign of division and anger and hate.”

In response, the president told Entertainment Tonight, “I don’t think you or anybody who’s been watching the campaign would say, yes, that in any way we have tried to divide the country.”

The president’s comments follow a period of escalated mudslinging between the two campaigns.

In recent weeks, the Obama campaign — and groups that support it — have accused Romney of being a felon, linked him to a woman’s death and mocked him for once strapping the family dog in his carrier to the roof of the family car on a drive to Canada.

“His campaign has resorted to diversions and distractions, to demagoguing and defaming others,” Romney said.  “It’s an old game in politics. What’s different this year is that the president is taking things to a new low.”

The presumptive GOP nominee has also participated in the war of words, blasting the president for cutting funding for Medicare and accusing him of removing the work requirements from welfare by undoing reforms put in place by President Clinton, and most recently blasting Vice President Biden for his comments to a mostly African American audience that Republicans, “want to put y’all back in chains.”

“Gov. Romney, I think, has had very sharp critiques of me and my policies, and that’s how it should be,” Obama told Entertainment Tonight. “That’s the nature of democracy. And I’ve got some sharp disagreements with him in terms of where he would take the country.”

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