The Obama reelection campaign, up against the president’s low job-approval numbers, is on the offensive – and trying to lash the Republican Party to the conservative tea party movement.
In a memo released Monday by the Chicago-based campaign, press secretary Ben LaBolt went after by name the two GOP presidential front-runners – Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney – saying that they and the rest of the Republican field have “embraced policies that the American people oppose.”
“The campaign to win the Republican nomination has become a campaign to win the hearts and minds of the tea party,” Mr. LaBolt said in a memo addressed to “Interested Parties.” “They would return to policies that have been tried before and done nothing to improve economic security for the middle class, rewarding special interests who can afford to pay for lobbyists instead of looking out for working families.”
Republicans see the Obama campaign memo as a harbinger of a highly negative campaign ahead.
“Other than offer solutions of their own, Team Obama has decided to go on the attack and make the tea party public enemy No. 1,” says Republican strategist Ford O’Connell. “The timing of this memo is quite interesting, given the first lady’s visit to Target. The Obama administration clearly feels it faces middle-class misgivings.