August 10th, 2011
05:00 PM ET

Destroying Romney right way for Pres. Obama to win 2nd term?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

"Hope" and "change" may be a distant memory when it comes to President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.
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Politico reports the president's campaign will center on a "ferocious personal assault" on Mitt Romney's character and business background. This is based on the expectation that the Republican front-runner will be his party's likely nominee.

The president's aides have apparently been studying former president George W. Bush's 2004 takedown of Democratic Sen. John Kerry. Remember swiftboating and flip-flopping? As one Democratic strategist tells Politico, "Unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments, he will have to kill Romney." Figuratively speaking.

Sources say there are two aspects to the strategy. The first is to go after Romney on a personal level as inauthentic, unprincipled and "weird."

The second is to go after the former Massachusetts governor's record as a businessman. He was CEO of the venture capital firm Bain Capital, which both created and eliminated jobs. The goal is to paint Romney as the picture of greed.

Romney's campaign describes this strategy as despicable, desperate and disgraceful. They insist there's nothing the president can do to make the election anything but a referendum on the economy. And they may very well have a point if things continue in the direction we're headed.

Meanwhile, the Obama campaign is pushing back against Politico's story saying anyone who claims to hold a "crystal ball" for their strategy doesn't speak for the campaign. And they claim that Romney is shedding "crocodile tears."

Let the games begin.

Here’s my question to you: Is destroying Mitt Romney the right way for President Obama to try to win a second term?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Ken in Seattle:
If Obama can't find a way to show some leadership, and soon, my aunt Mable will be able to beat him. The hope people voted for has turned out to be false hope. Hillary, we're going to need ya.

Kevin in California:
Wait! Now you're talking about ethics in politics. That's an oxymoron kind of thingy. Get a grip on yourself, Jack.

Harvey in Mississippi:
I don't see where Obama has much choice. With the deck constantly being stacked against an economic recovery, what else can Obama do? He's proven to be a lousy negotiator so I don't look for anything other than across-the-board cuts to come of the new "super committee" either. That'll just tank the economy more.

Rahn in Minnesota:
The change from the positive theme "Hope and Change" in 2008 to the negative theme "Destroy Mitt Romney" theme in 2012 tells you all you need to know about why President Obama's ratings are tanking fast.

David in Tampa:
It is a sad state of affairs but we have elected our presidents over the past few decades based solely on whoever does the best hatchet job on the other guy.

If that's the president's plan, then he didn't learn anything from his own victory. What he needs to watch out for is the sleeper, not the front runner. If Romney gets the Republican nomination, then the Republicans have lost already, because the voters will be looking for more change than what Romney is offering.

Evan on Facebook:
Whether it's the right way or the wrong way is effectively irrelevant because it might be the only way.

soundoff (334 Responses)
  1. Jim Hovey

    Jack, you ask if destroying Mitt Romney is the right way for Obama to win a second term? I voted for Obama in 2008. The real question I think is, when will Obama display real leadership that warrants his re-election. More than ever, we need a real leader!

    Jim H.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  2. Terry in Virginia

    Absolutely not. That is typical politics of personal destruction and is beneath the dignified man Mr. Obama portrayed himself to be in 2008. What happened to that guy? Current-day Mr. Obama has turned into George W. Bush. I once had hope for change, but now I see that nothing ever really changes except each year I get older, poorer, and more disillusioned with our elected representatives.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  3. Jk from Minnesota

    Isn't that the way politics works these days? Romney and Huntsman is the sanest of the cast of loons running for the GOP nomination and Romney is the front runner.

    Romney did more to elminate jobs in his business dealings than he did to actually create jobs. It's difficult to put a positive spin on that fact and deny it didn't happen – Obama has every right to remind people of that fact of Romney's past.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  4. David of Alexandria VA

    Not if he wants my vote (and I think he'll need all he can get). For a hope-and-change, new dawn of political discourse kind of guy, I've never seen anyone spend more of his air time on negativity, vilification, deamonization, and simple playground blame-gaming. He gives me no sense of hope. His campaign should be focused on positive outcomes and vision, not the negative politicsof yore.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  5. Darrell - Ohio

    Poor Mit everyone picks on him. But Pres. Obama should work on picking on Jobs Jobs Jobs.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:17 pm |

    That's the only way he could win. That's the way he has handled anyone who question his policies throughout his two and a half years in office. He has no plan and all he can do is trash his opponents. He maybe surprised and find that he is wasting his time, Romney may not be the Republican canidate that wins the primaries.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  7. Brad, Portland, OR

    Why? Because Mitt Romney and the other Republican hopefuls would never stoop to besmirching Obama's good name?

    I've noticed that every time Obama takes the high road and refuses to defend himself, or the issues he cares about, and Republican voices are the only ones heard, the Republicans manage to convince a lot of people that they're right about crazy stuff like Death Panels, Obama being born in Kenya, Obama being a Muslim, etc.

    It's a losing strategy. People tend to believe what they hear over and over again, whether it's true or not. It's called the Big Lie technique.

    I'm sure Republicans have noticed that, too, and would prefer Obama to keep taking the high road, instead of fighting fire with fire.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  8. Andy in Vancouver, BC

    First, Obama is only doing what the Republican base and other candidates are doing in trying to bring down Romney. If trying to destroy him is bad, tell that to Bachmann, Pawlenty, Cain and Perry.

    And second, the GOP has been more worried with destroying Obama than anything else (like helping the economy, jobs, debt issues, etc). As far as I'm concerned he has more than enough right to fight back.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  9. Loren

    If that's the President's plan, then he didn't learn anything from his own victory. What he needs to watch out for is the sleeper, not the front runner. If Romney gets the Republican nomination, then the Republicans have lost already, because the voters will be looking for more change than what Romney is offering.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  10. Tina Tx

    Don't worry bout who is running against you. Go out and do your stumping and let the other side slaughter each other. Too many are running for the spot and they will soon start to cut the head off the snakes that are running for the same slot.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  11. David in Tampa

    It is a sad state of affairs but we have elected our President over the past few decades based solely on whoever does the best hatchet job on the other guy. However, hatchet jobs don't tell me anything about what legislation your candidate is proposing or policies being backed or put forth. I would like you to present your vision, in honest language, for this country, and how you wish to attain those goals. Then I will not believe you because you and your buddies never tell the truth.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  12. Pete in Georgia

    "Destroying" a Republican candidate, i.e. Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann or Romney is the only path Democrats know to follow in elections.
    When you're devoid of any honest, successful, meaningful solutions and when you know your audience, deception and destruction are your mantra. And.................they do it with pride.
    Beyond pathetic.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  13. MNResident

    The change from the positive theme "Hope and Change" in 2008 to the negative theme "Destroy Mitt Romney" theme in 2012 tells you all you need to know about why President Obama's ratings are tanking fast......

    August 10, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  14. Jeff in Bishop, Georgia

    Mr. Cafferty, filthy attacks & dirty tactics are all the left have in their arsenal. Obama certainly won't get reelected if he touts his own abysmal record.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  15. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    He doesn't have to, Romney can do a fine job of destroying himself without help by pretending to be something he is not. He is better off running in the Independence Party of America ticket and dropping all the Christian Right stuff.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  16. Pat (Missouri)

    I don't understand the question....how could O'bama destroy Mitt Romney? Has Mitt Romney done something to leave himself vulnerable? Has O'bama done or said something to make you think he is out to destroy Romney?

    August 10, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  17. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    really no need for it Jack,

    "Willard the Rats" record of downsizing and outsourcing jobs when he ran Bain Capital should be enough for ANYONE who WORKS for WAGES to NOT VOTE for that WEASEL.

    he can talk all he want's to about his business experience BUT a drug dealer has "business experience" too.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  18. Steve, Clifton, VA

    Negative Jack...He should allow the Republican Party continue to destroy
    Mitt Romney....

    August 10, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  19. James Lenon @chuckey TN

    While I would prefer that we no longer practice politics of destruction, Obama has little choice but to lay waste to any and all GOP & teavangelist opponents.

    His every attempt to lead has been purposefully obstructed in order to sabotage his presidency, his opposition is more than willing to destroy the country in order to overturn his election by any means fair or foul. If Romney is the cost of Obama's re-election, let it be.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  20. Peg from NY

    No! The way to reelection is to do so in a positive fashion, not more nasty negativity. Destruction of any opponent should not be tolerated. The news is bad enough these days.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  21. Dan K

    No Jack, it is not the “proper” way to do it. Sad to say though this is the way politics works now a day! It seems with groups like the “Swift Boat” and “move on org”,. politicians have no choice but to destroy or be destroyed! Sadly this is how our government also works! Rather than work together for us constitutes they fight like 2 yr olds to enhance themselves while trying to destroy the “other party”!
    Instead, it’s destroying our country!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  22. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    No way, Jack! President Obama should be above that. He should continue to focus on economic recovery and let the Republican candidates destroy each other. Besides, who is to say that Romney will be the nominee since many evangelical Christians think Mormonism is a polygamous cult?

    August 10, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  23. Bobby Jackson MS

    Provided that Romny gets the nomination his own record on destroying jobs should do a pretty good job on destroying him without Obama's camp ever laying a glove on him but when it comes to flip floppers like Romny some people tend to have short term memory

    August 10, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  24. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    They way for Obama to win a 2nd term is to not "destroy" Romney (he's doing a good enough job of that himself), but rather to stop being the Pleaser-In-Chief and stop worrying about being re-elected. If he actually does the job he was elected to do, re-election will take care of itself.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
  25. Kevin in CA

    Wait ! Now you're talking about ethics in politics. That's an oxymoron kind of thingy. Get a grip on yourself Jack.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  26. Lori - PA


    We don't need the same old "dirty politics". We need to know what each candidate plans to do to reverse the economic decline the U.S. is in. Then they need to let the voters determine which candidate is really telling the truth about what they have planned.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  27. ken, atlantic city, nj

    No. What ever happened to change and hope. Obama and his appointees geithner and bernanke bailed out wall street and destroyed main street, now he wants to destroy romney because he has nothing to show for his 3 years in office other than more wars, more trade deals, more tax cuts for the rich, more federal debt, more poverty, more unemployment, and no jobs.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  28. AB

    Jack, the right way for President Obama to win re-election is the following:
    * Fix the ailing economy by putting Americans back to work.
    * Quickly wind down and end once and for all, our occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.
    * Resolve the debt crisis by working with Congress and together formulate a bipartisan agreement that will effectively reduce national debt and generate revenue.
    * Remind the American people of his accomplishments and explain the results of the adverse alternative–Mick Romney.

    By end of the day, results talk and rhetoric walks.

    August 10, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
  29. Ken in Seattle

    If Obama can't find a way to show some leadership, and soon, my aunt Maple will be able to beat him. The hope people voted for has turned out to be false hope. Hillary, we're going to need ya.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  30. pat in michigan

    I don't believe it matters What the President does to destroy Romney or any of the other republican candidates .Either way the people of this nation are in trouble .Either we will be taxed to death or starved to death.Hell of a choice isn't it?

    August 10, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  31. Harvey Gold-Brandon, MS

    I don't see where Obama has much choice. With the deck constantly being stacked against an economic recovery (Harold McGraw, III, CEO of McGraw-Hill, which owns S&P, which was the only credit agency to downgrade U.S., is a prominent backer of Romney and possible owner of the "ghost corporation" that donated $1million to Romney....hence, S&P works for Romney???), what else can Obama do? He's proven to be a lousy negotiator so I don't look for anything other than accross the board cuts to come of the new "super committee" either. That'll just tank the economy more.

    The only other thing I can see that might win the election for Obama would be to pull out our troops from Afghanistan, Iraq, and the other 70% of the planet's countries where we have boots on the ground. But then, who'll hire the returning troops?

    We're screwed, might as well throw in everything but the kitchen sink I guess.

    Harvey Gold
    Brandon, Ms

    August 10, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  32. Jim Rousch

    The president doesn't need to destroy Romney, as Romney cannot say he will dismantle President Obama's health care law when he had one of his own. Romney has questions to answer.

    In addition, Romney's support from mainstream Christian voters is shaky at best because mainstream Christians do not regard the Mormon Church as a denomination of mainstream Christianity.

    Just ask a Catholic, a Lutheran or a Baptist for their view on Mormonism.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  33. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack there is not much else Obama can claim for his time in office except for the fact that our military got Osama Bin Laden. Obama didn't get anyone but our military was a success. I suppose he can claim that he destroyed our triple AAA credit rating on his watch but I don't think that will win him many votes. The only thing the man has left is an all out offensive against anyone that runs against him. Even that and all the billions of dollars he has been able to raise might not put Obama back in office.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  34. Luis Bearga

    Whatever he does won't do much , Republicas are set to make Obama one term president even at the cost of sinking the nation economy and prestige, sure they don't sufer the pain , their lives and paid checks are secure, history shows we end up forgething what they do to us and vote for them again and they know that , shame on us.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
  35. Joe CE

    Romney does not need any help destructing. To get reelected, Obama neds to review the promises made during the first campaigm and catch-up on some.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  36. Jim Rousch, Mission Viejo, CA

    The president doesn't need to destroy Romney, as Romney cannot say he will dismantle President Obama's health care law when he had one of his own. Romney has questions to answer.

    In addition, Romney's support from mainstream Christian voters is shaky at best because mainstream Christians do not regard the Mormon Church as a denomination of mainstream Christianity.

    Just ask a Catholic, a Lutheran or a Baptist for their view on Mormonism

    August 10, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
  37. Dan K

    No Jack, it is not the “proper” way to do it. Sad to say though this is the way politics works now a day! It seems with groups like the “Swift Boat” and “move on org”,. politicians have no choice but to destroy or be destroyed! Sadly this is how our government also works! Rather than work together for us constitutes they fight like 2 yr olds to enhance themselves while trying to destroy the “other party”!
    Instead, it’s destroying our country by promoting hatred and division!!!

    Dan K
    Owens Cross Roads, Alabama

    August 10, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  38. magickseeker

    How about instead of crucifying The other side, both Republicans and democrats start crucifying their corporate masters and start working for the PEOPLE not the corporations.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  39. Lauri L.

    Republicans seem to be good at self-destructing all by themselves. Now, if only the Tea Party would do the same. (And I don't understand why that has not happened yet.)

    August 10, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  40. CD Martin

    Frankly, yes - I would love to see Obama fight any republican or bagger who opposes him to their political death. As to Mitt Romney, he is legendary for fighting down and dirty - it's high time the Democrats, who have always shown class and fought with intelligence and only rarely engaged in mud slinging, grow some cojones and let 'em have it. We can't move forward under Bushthink or Rovethink. Those days are done. It's time for REAL Progressive Democrats to stop wimping out, stand up for what we believe in, and turn this country around. We need an FDR or a Kennedy.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  41. Larry in Omaha

    Destroying anyone is the wrong way to win an election. So Obama trying to destroy (put name here) is wrong. On the other hand, the GOP have had a goal of making Obama a one term president since February 2009. That is also wrong. The country loses by this attitude.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  42. Patsy, Texas

    Well, Jack, no it would not be. However, if you are talking about
    the right-leaning, Politico story, quoting unnamed sources about
    a strategy that is most likely non-existent, but "put out there" to
    upset the precious conservative tea baggers, then that would
    be a strategy I could believe. It appears flip-flop, only $100 bills
    in his pocket Romny is quite capable of destroying himself.
    So, lets just say "Remember the Swiftboaters", and move on.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  43. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: I don't think Obama is going to have to destroy Mitt Romney the right way--he had his chance for the Presidency--and it did not materialize. If one leave well enough alone--Mitt Romney will self-destruct--and what little reamins of his candidacy--the voters will finish. Mitt leads a life of quiet desperation and will go to the grave with that song still in him-If I were President......!

    August 10, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  44. Mitoosense Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    I'm voting for any Republican sober or not running agaist Huckleberry Obama. Any Republicans in congress will not get my vote either. Ditto for anyone who voted for TARP, Obama Care and increasing the debt hole. We still have time for the Nightmare Act coming up.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  45. Gail,, Plano, TX

    Jack: Since we do not know that Romney will be the GOP candidate in 2012, does this not make for a silly question? Love u Jack, but u can do better.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  46. lou

    Here's a novel idea...instead of candidates telling us how the other guy is wrong, why don't they tell us what they plan on doing. If we like the ideas, we'll vote for them. If we like the other guy's ideas better, we'll vote for him instead. Is that too sane of an approach for anyone anymore?

    August 10, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  47. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    This is the way that "lawyers" win their case. Destroy the witness but in this case he'll self-destruct out of ego so it won't take much effort. Romney is not what we need sitting in the oval office. He'd have to expand it in size just to fit his EGO into it.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  48. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    And don't you think the name of the game for Republicans is to "destroy Obama" in 2011-2012? Please, its politics, Romney may not even make the finish line, but the strategy from both parties is to destroy before you get destroyed.
    Is the new election any different? One change I predict- who is in office now, wont be in 2012, both houses. One term wonders are the future.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  49. Harrison

    Does it matter? Obama does not have a real plan to attack the current crisis. He has never run a gov't entity before so do not count on him to do anything to help the economy, insted he's playing political game which is what he knows. Sad! We may need to have tea party persident to finishing up the destrying of american values and economy. We can all move to different place, outside of the USA.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  50. nancy kay leutzinger

    No I don't think that's the right thing for him to do. there's too much of that going on with the republlcan party. I would like to think that President Obama is above that, but he has got to get something about the job thing and once again look what he's up against, (tea party), the new kids on the block...Rich just keep getting Richer, and Damned be the rest of us.Thanks Jack. Nancy from Mi.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  51. saeed

    Of course ...take Mr. Flip-Flop out of the way and let the far right Ms.Bachman lead the GOP... that is easy Obama WINS
    Nashville, TN

    August 10, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  52. Nicci

    Obama said if things weren't better in three years, he'd be a one-term president. Well, things are worse. He has no fantastic record to run on, so his only option is a smear campaign. Charisma won't save the country. Romney has a positive record of turning things around, balancing budgets, and successfully negotiating with both sides of the isle. Romney is a much more qualified candidate and has my vote!

    August 10, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  53. Greg of Mechanicsburg, PA

    There must be something to this strategy if Mitt's people call it, "despicable, desperate and disgraceful." It worked for G.W. Bush twice, don't forget how he smashed McCain in the South Carolina campaign. It almost worked for Hillary when she ran against Obama. You can bet that the Republicans have some really nasty stuff in the wings for an anti-Obama campaign. That just seems to be the nature of politics. If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  54. dale

    With Romney, you just have to sit back and watch him self destruct. Take it from a Mass resident. With republicans, they're either praying to God, or picking your pocket if you're old and poor.
    Chelmsford MA

    August 10, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  55. thomas j parker

    I'am so feed up with our country I'am not voting in the next election!! Congress is so corrupt and we give money to countries that hate us,would you want to live in this kind of America?

    August 10, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  56. thomas j parker

    Mitt Romey, NO,NO, NO!

    August 10, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  57. Rex in Portland, Oregon

    While I am against such a defamation campaign, I suggest that it will work. I think Obama should hire Karl Rove and start the festivities.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  58. Rick, Medina, OH


    When you have a huge 'war chest,' the battle is fought on many fronts.

    Medina, OH

    August 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  59. Dave Bolte

    What else does Obama have??
    Maybe he could run on the statement that it's the republicans fault because they have put up a roadblock against everything he has tried to do.
    Maybe he could blame the country's problems on TARP, 30,000 more troops to afganistan or extending the bush tax cuts. Wait a minute.........didn't he do those things??
    The only chance Obama has of getting re-elected is to point out that his opponent is worse than he is.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  60. Bob Snyder

    Whatever it takes :-).

    August 10, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  61. Bill in New Mexico

    It is amazing that the general voter is not repulsed by attacks that destroy.

    But, the destroying attack is always ran by a third party well distanced from the benefactor.

    Apparently, the general voter buys the attack as good information since it comes from a third party.

    Sure, if Obama wants to win–run with the planned attack.

    I'm still looking for someone else to vote for.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  62. cal

    Do not worry who every get the change to run aginst Obama will be destory by the press and TV

    August 10, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  63. ousman

    Congratulations Mitt Romney, if you can become a, Republicans nominee.prepare for 2012 Obama's character assassination,because you to explain to American people,your economy knowledge and the present reception.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  64. Rick McDaniel

    Don't look for Obama to stop with Romney.......after all he is not yet the candidate to beat, and there are going to be others to contend with as well.

    You CAN expect the Obama attacks to be nauseous, mostly untrue attacks, and downright lies. That's how Dems behave.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  65. Rosemary

    I don't believe Politico for a second that President Obama would stoop that low!
    He should leave that task to the Tea Party who have become experts in destroying the Republican Party.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  66. Dan

    Unless the President comes to his senses and realizes that every politician in D.C. has their own political agenda and can he figure how to make them compromise for the good of the country, I'm afraid he'll have few if any other options other than what you suggest. If Romney gets the G.O.P. nod, then yes, a strategy of the flip flopping, Johnny Come Lately opiner on the Debt Ceiling and job killing puppet of the wealthy might work. If it's Bachman, there's the nut case who prays the gay out and think slavery is the best option for black families while letting the country default. If it's another cowboy conservative from Texas, he mixes religion and state and wanted TX. to secceed from the Union (again). I sure hope the Pres. gets some good advice on leading ... in a hurry!

    Stewartstown, PA

    August 10, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  67. Doug

    Obama is not likely to regain the Political backing neccessary to win a second term, and may even be challenged in the Primary. Romney already can't win. The Country is not going to elect a Mormoms. That leaves Lindsey Graham and Palin. Look for both to officially anounce in the next two months. Forget about Rick " The executionaer" Perry. 235 kills is way too polarizing to win a Presidential race. Doug.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  68. Charlie in New Mexico

    No personal assault on Mr. Romney is needed. As a former resident of Massachusetts durning Mr. Romney's tenure as governor, I can only point out his total inability to deal with corrupt state politics. "The Big Dig," "Billy Bulger," etc., are all matters of public record. If he can not lead/govern honestly in a state no larger than Massachusetts, why would any intelligent being believe that he can lead an entire country ?

    August 10, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  69. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    It's not in him, Jack. Don't confuse this guy with Cheney.

    Romney destroyed himself when he became a corporate raider and savaged companies for a quick buck. He cost thousands their jobs. How long do you think it will take those people to find Wolf Blitzer?

    Obama on the other hand saved America's auto industry. It's Peewee Herman vs. Muhammad Ali.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  70. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Romney with his politicians smile always talk of himself as all knowing. He doesn't. I don't want the country governed by the Mormon's doctrine. I've watched him say one of his regrets was not serving in the military, now it would look good on the ole resume instead of a handful of deferments or just not consider serving. Then all of a sudden they are military men of great wisdom. Romney's not my cup of tea, coffee or water under any circumstances. So how does he sell Romneycare to his republican buddies?

    August 10, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  71. curtis in philadelphia

    Jack, our politics have devolved to a point where it simply doesn't matter how one wins, just that you do in fact win and this cuts both ways: Democrat and Republican. This was proven last week when some Tea Partiers proved that they would rather destroy the economy, the world economy that is, because of their minority ideology, and now Obama wants to destroy an opponent rather than prove he's the better man for the job. Its a shame because this is America and we were once, and should still be better than this, but sadly and obviously we are not.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  72. Annie, Atlanta

    Let’s put it another way, since Romney is out there doing some bashing of his own, some of it less than truthful, is it ok for him to destroy President Obama to win the White House? What these guys don’t understand is we’re sick of the negative ads, we’re sick of the money it takes to buy off our politicians – how many kids could we send to college with what’s going to be spent in the next election cycle? This is obscene – all of it.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  73. Rose in Glendale, Az

    Personal attacks are never a good thing in my opinion. Most voters are interested what qualifies the nominee to become President. I think the Obama campaign might just be afraid of Romney and they can not run on Obama's record. It is what the Romney campaign called it "disgraceful" for a sitting President to resort to such tactics.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  74. Mel - Houston

    It's not the preferred way that I would choose. Just let him do it himself. With his record he will not be able to go 13 month without flip-flopping on something. It has been his style for a long time. It's a side affect of thinking that you have never been wrong.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  75. John James

    I feel that with Rommney starting to attack the president that Obama needs to answer back and by that inform Americia the good things that Romney has done as well as the bad. What does he stand for would be a good topic to discuss and inform us so that we can make a intelligent decision when we chose the next president and it will be Obama

    August 10, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  76. Joe in Arizona

    Why not? Isn't that how most campaigns are run. Sling as much mud as possible and don't worry about the issues.

    August 10, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  77. Dave, Orlando, FL

    He is a brutal politician, just look at what he did to Hillary. But it’s all politics these days. Unfortunately, “political science” may now well be called “A Scatological Study of Office Holders and Office Seekers in America.”

    August 10, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
  78. Al in Delaware

    Now, that's a new one. A Republican complaining about dirty campaign tactics. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Romney and his ilk have been trying to destroy Obama for the last 3 years. Besides calling Romney weird is just teling the truth. I'd call him Weird Willard and ty to make it stick.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  79. Dave

    Griswold, Connecticut
    President Baraack is going to win because he is the president who took out Osama Bin Laudin. The economy has to many factors.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  80. Dan in Aluququerque

    Oh, no! If true, such a campaign wold be almost as bad as the constant GOPcampaign to obstruct everything the President has tried to do They attack his birth, his "Communism" "Socialism",etc. It stsrted as soon as he won the election, but is more vitriolic than ever. Actually, in answer to your question: It's not even necessary. Romney has enough baggage to overload his trip to the White House.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  81. Mr. D

    It's hard to play offense when you are busy playing defense. Obama can expect a lot of time on the field playing defense, trying to stop the ground game of the Tea Party and the "long bombs" of unemployment, spending cuts, etc. thrown by "Team Republican." Isn't sports fun to watch?

    August 10, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  82. Greg M.

    If destroying Romney is what 'God told Obama to do',then so be it.
    Greg M. FL

    August 10, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  83. Hagop, Los Angeles

    The best defense is a good offense. People talk about how much they hate smear campaigns, yet they seem to work, and as long as they do, we will continue to see the politicians use them. Maybe the democrats can start a rumor that Romney isn't a US citizen...

    August 10, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  84. Jim

    Obama had better be concentrating on the economy and jobs rather than defeating Romney. A vastly improved economy and jobs would help him defeat any Republican more than any negative campaign ever would. Problem is, the party of no, no, no want the economy to fail so they can try and blame Obama.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  85. olson

    In my opinion going after Mitt Romney at this stage will provide added public coverage which can promote him rather than destroying him.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  86. Jim, Denver CO

    As you said, "let the games begin". Being able to have a 'clean' race is just not possible anymore. Name calling and character assassination are the norm for politics in this country. Both sides are guilty, no one is spared.

    I know that I will vote based on past performance by either candidate (if it be Obama and Romney, or some other Republican). The name calling and rhetoric do not interest me.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  87. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Isn't it a horrible reflection on us as a people when we agree to the lie that "this is politics"?

    What a justification for our loss of virtue, morals, and respect that we allow all politicians to continue this lie.

    Until we have respect, that is we accept one another for who we are, this will always be. What a shame.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  88. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    "Kill" is an unfortunate choice of words, but the Obama campaign should definitely point out Romney's tendency to change positions with the wind direction – I would suggest handing out Mitt flip-flops. Also, can anyone prove Romney"s a human and not a robot? Does the man have a birth certificate, or a serial number?

    August 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  89. Mark, Tempe Az

    No, that's a sideshow at best. Romney's easy to beat, but he isn't the main opponent. The President's biggest enemy is Barack Obama. It's cool that he got Bin Laden, but he can't win reelection on a single accomplishment. Jobs and the economy are bigger worries for his chances than whatever goofy Republican gets the GOP nomination.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  90. jay1975

    Jack, by using the politics of personal destruction, Obama destroys any credibility he has left as being the President of "hope and change" and becomes just another politician. Besides, who even says Romney will be the Republican candidate?

    Colorado Springs, CO

    August 10, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  91. Layne Alleman

    Jack, No, of course it's a stupid way to run a campaign,(see Carl Rove, ect.), and if this is the best his "advisers" can come-up with, he'll lose the election before he even starts it. He's been virtually written off by the far-left, students, and even a lot of "moderates", to start down that road would spell disaster for him. The far- right enjoy seeing "blood spilt", that's the very reason he shouldn't even be thinking about trying it. Sounds to me like he needs news "advisers" and a new set of priorities(a job pick-up wouldn't hurt, either). Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  92. Jim


    Are you for real? The Republicans have been out to destroy Obama since he took the oath of office. He has spent three years trying to work with them, trying to seek reasonable compromises, and trying to not engage in the kind of demonization and sabotage that have come to characterize Republicans and their radical conservative cronies. The nice guy consensus-seeking approach hasn't worked, indeed cannot work with entrenched zealots for whom compromise has become a four-letter word. I don't know if flip-flopping Mitt will be the Republican nominee, but whoever it is Obama must take off the gloves and give as good as he gets. To suggest that this is somehow unfair to the Republican candidate is beyond absurd. American politics is one arena where, unfortunately, nice guys really do finish last.

    Reno, Nevada

    August 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  93. Independent Joe


    It's the only way Jack! Unless he can finger point his way to getting re-elected.

    Joe M (Brainerd)

    August 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  94. marybeth, massachusetts


    All's fair in love, war, and politics. The ends justify the means, so expect to see smear campaigns, attack ads, and mud-slinging.

    This is nothing new–Bush I did this both in the primaries against his main opponent Bob Dole and even more successfully against Dukakis in the 1988 general election. Bush II, as noted, did it against Kerry in the 2004 elections.

    If your question is ethically, morally, is it the "right" way to win an election, no....but then I don't expect politicians to adhere to any ethics or morals.

    Oh, and don't paint Romney as poor and defenseless–I've heard him on the news attacking Obama for everything he does, even when they are the same things Romney did when he was governor of Massachusetts. His hands aren't clean either.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  95. Larry Batson, Powderly, TX

    Jack, just once I would like to see the democrats forget the high ground and slug it out sleaze to sleaze with the republicans!

    August 10, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  96. Diane (Zanesville, OH)

    Mr. Obama hadn't been in office for 30 days before Republican politicians vowed to undermine him – – and it wasn't based on his policies.

    Trying marginalize the President as a red-blooded American, Romney referred to him as having "European" views. I have no problem with the President pointing out Mitt's "weirdness" nor his career making millions for himself by firing American workers.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  97. Richard

    No....You don't have to destroy someone who 'shape shifts', lies, and distorts the truth as much as good ole Mitt! He will destroy himself!

    The scary thing is that enough of America might even think of voting for a man who believes in the fantasies of Mitt Romney! Yes sir....an Angel appreared to Joseph Smith (he was special, you see) and told him mankind was on the wrong path.....but no sweat – good old Joseph would set us all straight! And Mitt endorses this?
    I guess the rest of mankind was just too stupid for God to talk to at that moment!

    Really??? Get a grip!


    August 10, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  98. Will Donato

    It is certainly NOT the way to win another term. "Destroying" people is just the kind of backstabbing partisan politics that the American people are tired of.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:29 pm |

    There's also the high-road. MItt Romney has been blasting the President for years now. A little payback may be a lot of fun!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  100. bonnie from NJ

    I am soooo disappointed to hear that, although I am not surprised as most of the things I voted for Obama in the first place have not been accomplished. I really do not think that negative campaigning works with independent voters, which is who I think these candidates will be fighting over. If Romney does come up with some viable plans to help save jobs, economy etc., this will cause Obama significant votes. People just don't want to here negative campaigning anymore, we want to know what is your plan of action. But no matter what, Washington politics will just not change, they just do not hear us at all out here.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  101. Paul P.

    No it isn't, I admire that Obama usually stays away from this type of dirty politics and mud slinging, but face it, with the economy as it is, it may be the only weapon he has to fight with.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  102. Bryan, Colorado

    All he has left is the politics of personal destruction. He has no record to run on, unless you call selling out to the tea party a record you want to run on. He has chosen his own pathedic path and now must face up to the reality that this nation is far worse off today than it was four years ago. Its not the fault of anyone but president Obama that we face a future so gloomy. No matter what side of the fence your on politically you must admitt we suck pretty bad as a country. Maybe our next president will be a true leader and not let tea party people tell him what to do. Its obviously not going to be Obama.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  103. Sylvia from San Diego

    No.... It's quite desperate and it is an insult to the American people. These politicians think that we are a bunch of idiots.... We will show them just how smart we are at the polling centers!

    August 10, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  104. Kea from Honolulu

    Romney's record will be fair game if he wins the GOP. Everything from "Romneycare" to his hiring of illegal immigrant to clean the yard of his mansion will be up for debate.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  105. Wayne


    2012 elections is like choosing dum and dummer. Our economy is tanking while congress throws a financial generade and heads for Disney World. On the other hand, you'd have a better chance of eating with Elvis than get Mitt to lay out a plan for recovery. Obama is looking like that skinny guy getting sand kicked in his face. I hope he get some balls and brings back the Congress to put confidence back in the market. However, He'll likey form committee first.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  106. Tom

    Engaging in the same kind of politics his political enemies use i.e. attacking the "otherness," whether race or religion or what have you, will not help Obama get re-elected anymore than it helped Donald Trump get nominated. Obama needs to explain that the policies of the Republican Candidates spell certain doom for the middle and lower classes, seniors and students. Only by hammering home the truth that Republicans do not represent the interests of average Americans can get Obama re-elected.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  107. Rob Kalberer

    It's not the right way, but for Obama he needs to distract people from his performance. It will be the only way he can win if he wants a second term.

    Rob from Boulder Colorado

    August 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  108. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    Of course it's not the right way, but it's the way he operates. All's Mitt has to do is ask: What happened to the "Audacity of Hope"? "Why is Gitmo still open"? "Where's the transparent government"? "Where's responsible government"? "Why was health care reform backdoored and likely unConstitutional"? Why are our soldiers still in harms way??
    Obama's group can lie all they want. They haven't got a whole hell of a lot to brag about.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  109. George

    Mitt Romney holds essentially the same religious beliefs as Warren Jeffs. Whether that "destroys" him or not is not for me to decide, but I sure wouldn't vote for either of them.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  110. Jim - Cranfiord, NJ

    The campaign theme of "hope and change" will now be replaced with one from the old political playbook; fear. Making everyone afraid of Romney will be the goal. If you don't have a record of your own to run on; use fear to make everyone "hope" that there won't be a "change" for the worse.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  111. Dan Sczepanski

    It is a good start. He should emphasize the subtle way in which Romney is beginning to bow to the Tea Party and its ilk.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  112. virginia - Atlanta, GA

    I am sick of personal attacks and so I don't want any of them to do that. An HONEST critique of their performance with out using those nasty "catch words" is perfectly acceptable.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  113. Judith

    The Obama folks should just leave the dirty work to the fundamentalist
    Christians who will condemn Romney for being Mormon. Like Pilate, Obama's people can wash their hands of slimy politics and let the Christians throw Romney to the lions!

    August 10, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  114. gypsy

    no – the right way to win the election is to do what is best for the country and it's citizens. i think we are all tired of negative attacks – rise above them – tout what you have done and what you are going to do. let them be the nasty campaigners.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  115. Kirby

    Even with attacking Romney, were he to receive the Republican nomination, Obama will have his work cut out for him in convincing many that he is more capable of restoring the economy and inspiring confidence. That will have to be his main focus.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm |

    "A drowning man will clutch at a straw" and that's exactly what Obama will be doing if he decides that the only way he can be re-elected is by discrediting his opponent on a personal level.
    He certainally can't get reelected on his own merits. Hell, why should he be any different, right? If there are a million flies on a pile of dung, they can't all be wrong.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  117. Bob

    Who cares? Were all politicians taken out and shot – the country would be far better off. The average intelligence would go up a bit and federal expenditures would significantly drop. Since they don't do or produce anything of value – there'd be no loss. No – no the more one considers it – destroying politicians might be a great step in the right direction.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm |

    tampa, fl with obama's track record (or lack of it) shinning the light on everyone else's dark secrets or misdeeds will be the only way he can win. look forward to a great year of muckraking and mudslinging.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  119. Brett Kahnke

    Obama's best strategy would be to step down and let someone more qualified run in his place.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  120. Karen

    Anymore, it seems destroying the opponent is the only way anybody gets elected. Nothing seems to get accomplished in Washington anymore, so nobody can run on their accomplishments!

    August 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  121. Steve M

    Hi Jack
    President Obama doesn't need to be concerned about destroying any of his GOP counter-parts. Put a fork in him, he has destroyed any and all chances of being elected, just take a good look at today's stock activity and add the mess our country is in. I think we can say without a doubt, our lawmakers on both sides including Obama have killed the working class.

    Steve M. Vineland NJ

    August 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  122. Scott in Michigan


    Considering Mr. Obama's record so far, his only chance to win a second term is to brainwash everybody in the country and cause mass amnesia. But, at the rate the economy is tanking, we may not be able to afford watching televsion to see his ads. So, it may not be effective in the end.

    How's that "Hope and Change" thing working so far?

    August 10, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  123. Joe - Utah

    There is no right way for Obama to try to win a second term. He was given a chance and he failed miserably. The country is far worst off than it has ever been before. He has turned out to be the most pathetic President in the history of the USA. The right thing for Obama to do is step aside – he done enough damage.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  124. Brian, Hunt Valley, MD

    An incumbent President (or anybody else) should run on their record and make a case for why they should be reelected-not attack their opponents. Team Obama needs to concentrate on the economy and job growth or he will be a one term president no matter who his campaign attacks.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  125. Rod Mannion

    No, it's the only way.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  126. Lauren in Washington DC

    It's not the right way, but neither is running on "hope and change" only to have Washington turn even MORE contentious, political, and ugly during his presidency than it was in the Bush years.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  127. Reggie

    Has Obama gotten so desperate that the only way he can be re-elected is to destroy Romney. I hope it does not backfire on him. Romney is more of a businessman than Obama will ever be. Obama is totally hopeless as a leader and he has no business sense. Maybe he will use the race card again like how it was used against Hillary Clinton.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  128. ryan

    He will destroy his self Obama will kill him in a debate.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  129. Dixie AZ

    No. Let Mitt continue his name calling. Obama has to run on the issues. Mitt will hide out again when the next show down occurs in Congress.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  130. David

    "Destroying" will show he is just another politican if the President went on by his Record Romney would destroy him. btw Get on the Herman Cain train. 🙂

    Jacksonville , FL

    August 10, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  131. Bruce Kain

    President Obama won't have to. His Republican challengers will crucify Mitt before (and if) he becomes their standardbearer. Let's be honest. The GOP can't run on "jobs good" and "Obamacare bad" and then run Romney, a predatory Capitalist, who dismantled Companies, shipped boatloads of jobs overseas, and instituted a "social healthcare" program in his own state. Perry, Bachmann, and others will HAVE to cannibalize him in order to win the election. In the end? All Obama will have to do is point and say "yeah, what they said."

    August 10, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  132. Bill in PA


    Welcome to politics in the 21st century in the United States.

    Do you think the republicans are going to run a non-smear campaign?

    Thought so.

    So the mud continues. The public loves it to the point of addiction. Research shows it works.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  133. Jack J.

    As someone who voted for Obama, and experienced increasing remorse with my decision, I certainly hope things improve dramatically so the Romney plan is averted. Sadly, howver, I think the mold is cast and hope and change are long lost. President Obama was considered by many to be a great orator as a candidate, including myself, but he seems to have convinced himself that serial speeches and appearances will somehow transform reality. If he's afraid to fail in the 2012 election he is likely to fail in his leadership. He continually tries to thread the needle with his words, but the actions miss the mark. Hopeful, Jack

    August 10, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  134. RickFromDetroit

    It may not be the right thing to do, but it is probably the most enjoyable thing to do. I never could stomach Mitt Romney, he strikes me as a wheeling & dealing little smart alec, that considers himself an intellectual genius !

    August 10, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  135. Zach S

    It might be nice for Obama to take a break from destroying the economy, to focus his efforts on Romney.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  136. Wally Lawson

    The negative campaigning is here to stay. Don't run on what you have done and will do just throw dirt on the other guy. This is the information age and "dirty" inside info is what sells just ask Rupert+Fox.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  137. Tony Fortino

    Sorry to say but it's the only strategy that Obama has. No way he can run on his accomplishments. This election will be politics at it's worst. Saul Alinsky is loving this. My take is that BHO's numbers fall into the 30's, the Dem leadership makes him realize that he can't win, he drops out of the race and Hilary Clinton moves in.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  138. Thom Richer

    Jack, it is time for Obama and for that matter, all elected officials or candidates to show some character and run on accomplishments that they themselves have achieved or solution to issues they will work toward and not "attack" any opponent. If you cannot convince a voter to cast their vote for YOU and YOUR character and achievements without stooping to "destroying" others, then you are no better than the other guy. Time to be a man or woman of your word and character and grow up! Obama would be wise to campaign on Obama.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    August 10, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  139. Dean

    Whatever works. Slash and burn has worked well for Republicans. And, let's face it, they began their character assassination of Obama even before he was sworn in-the goal of which was to delegitimize him for 4 years, so they could take back (The Country) the "White"house. That's the game, he needs to play it, or lose.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  140. John from Cape Coral

    Why not Jack? I mean since the Republican Party seems to think that cutting SS and Medicare is a good way to pay off the debt whats the difference. They actually WANT to kill people.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  141. concerned tax payer

    Our country is to far gone. I live in a small town in NC and NO ONE will take a Food stamp Fraud complaint. I was in a grocery store and a man was in front of me that everyone knows has LOTS of money and was was using a food stamp card and got over two hundred dollars of groceries. then he goes out and get into a 70,000 dollar car.This makes me sick reported to local social service and they said there was nothing that can be done and called the Raleigh office and are GOOD oh Govenor will not help either. This is not right no wonder are country is in the shape it is.

    Small town North Carolina

    August 10, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  142. Victoria-NC

    Oh Please Jack...folks have been trying to destroy or President from day

    August 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  143. Ron Lambert

    there is no way Romney or Bachmann or any other current republicans running for office will get my vote. In short, it doesnt matter, Obama has my vote already and has proven himself to be a good man and great leader with overwhelming opposition in congress.
    I plan to pretty much ignore the propaganda from both sides until November 2012 when I go and cast my vote.!

    Miami FL.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  144. matt

    Destroying stuff is all Obama knows how to do...why expect a change?

    August 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  145. George in PA

    No Jack. Senator Obama promised he would change the way business got done in Washington if elected President. If he starts slinging mud at Romney how is he any different? Obama needs to live up to his past campaign promises (like transparency) and make clear policy statements.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  146. Herb Hastings

    We've reached the point that destroying the other candidate is the only way to win the White House. Good ideas and reasoned responses count for so much less than a good handful of dirt. The US voters appear to have lost the ability to weigh enlightened self interest. The lower and middle class supporters of the Tea Party are prime examples of this. Ultimately their message devolves into "let's bring down the government and the economy rather than have the rich pay an extra nickel in taxes.
    Even that mob mentality will give way if the right dirt is thrown and sticks.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  147. Scott B

    If they can keep Romney from getting the nomination, there would be a better chance to beat the second choice, someone like Gov Perry. Sometimes it is easier to pick your opponent then to bet him one on one.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  148. Sean

    The way things are looking right now, it's the only chance he has! But just like everything else he's touched lately, it will likely backfire.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  149. Ted

    Jack – unfortunately, this election cycle is going to get nasty. If the President thinks that he is real trouble – the mud slinging, name calling, and dirty tricks will be tossed around without remorse or regard to the issues.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  150. Calzone

    I guess if Obama cannot win on his record he's going to employ his political "thugs" to do his dirty work. It will not work.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  151. Dale Chambers

    Probably not but the moral high road doesn't seam to have an audience these days. The party of NO has to go before they turn the US into a feudal state with the corporations the puppet masters controlling their Republican attack dogs. In this case the end justifies the means.

    Dale C
    Ottawa, Canada

    August 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  152. Cathy Quinn

    The very best way for Obama to win a second term is to do a stellar job as President in his first term! Not worrying about how to crush his opponents or what spin to put on the latest bed news out of Washington. If he had any common sense, he would focus on the economy and creation of jobs and getting the country back on its feet. THAT would get him reelected.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  153. Bob from West Virginia

    It is probably a non-issue as Mr. Flippity Floppity Romney will probably hang himself. Besides in politics as Mr. Bush Senior would often say "its not personal."

    August 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  154. Mike G.

    Yes, and I say this while gritting my teeth as I want to vote for Romney. If President Obama can convince conservatives not to vote for Romney in the Caucus and Primaries, then he will destroy whoever comes up as the Nominee. Romney will be harder to hit, just like Ted Kennedy found out in 1994.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  155. Rinkrat

    The President needs to do whatever he has to do and if that means launching a search and destroy misson, then why not. The GOP has NEVER had a problem with this strategy. The Dems need a backbone and they better grow one soon.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  156. Michael Jerome

    The idea of launching a barrage of character assaults on Mitt Romney in order to secure reelection diverges greatly from the "politics of hope" that President Obama so eloquently spoke of in 2008. If this is indeed the President's strategy for 2012, then he is nothing but a phony. Americans are tired of the extreme divisiveness in Washington that has plagued our country for the past decade. I, like many independent minded voters, will not have it. Enough is enough.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  157. Michael

    This question skips through about a years worth of GOP primary in-fighting. By the time Bachmann and Perry (and maybe Palin) are done with Romney it is only going to leave the President in a position to kick a dead horse. Count on it.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  158. Mac

    You really think Obama will be re-elected.
    Now that's funny.

    Great Falls MT

    August 10, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  159. Earl

    Destroying Obama did not work, even though he surrounds himself with anti-american self-avowed communists socialists progressives and special rights advocates. Centrist liberals are getting a little sick of the obsession with special rights groups. Even though Obama deserves to be politically destroyed, he is protected by most of the media that normal people consume. Asking if Romney should be attacked is irrelevant- the media can't help but destroy conservatives, or anyone who even comes close to being conservative- like Ron Paul who supposedly is a racist based on one stupid thing that never really happened.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  160. Nina Fox

    I may not be delighted to see Obama sinking to the level of the GOP and putting on his boxing gloves, however, I am beginning to see a spine and possibly he can go to the mat when slammed up against the wall. Boehner admitted yesterday that the GOP was a huge contributing factor to the tragic economic downturn. 2012 elections will be a bloody war, I only hope that America does not Lose this one!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  161. David in Cleveland

    Huge assumption that Obama will win. Let's let the American people here the issues and debates, so that they can make up their own mind. It is a sad country when politics get so ugly. Whatever happened to setting an example for the rest of the world to follow?

    August 10, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  162. Anne

    The Obama re-election campaign needs to make it loud and clear that Republicans 1) will destroy Social Security and Medicare, and 2) they will make sure large corporations and the wealthiest will continue to keep the tax burden on middle America. A little trash-talking about Romney is OK, but focusing on the major issues will be much more effective.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  163. Ron Dayton

    Doesn't matter, Romney isn't going to be the Repub Candidate!

    August 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  164. Michael

    Romney is worried about the economy...Obama is worried about Romney being weird? I know who I want as president.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  165. Ron Giles

    The question for the Democrats should be, Is Obama re-electable? Regardless of who the Republicans put up next November, the Democrats need to ask "is there anyone else in our party that has a better chance than Obama?"

    Realistically, the religious right will never allow a Mormon to hold office. Sad but true!

    August 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  166. Dan Backus

    Common decency dictates no, but common sense dictates yes. We have gotten what we deserve when we allow common sense to trump common decency.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  167. Ed - Rochester

    How can it be true?! The president seems too nice. If he is going to attack republicans, he should have been going for the jugular during all of these recent "compromises."

    August 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  168. Michael Rowland

    If I was in the Presidents shoes I would bring to the nations attention that Romney created the Health System that is now the law, and was a job cutter much more than creator

    I would also hammer home that the consumer worldwide represents the job creators not the sideline investor. simply put, a job is created by demand, not by tax breaks for the "super rich" who by the latest market close will be a lot less rich.

    The system needs to be fair.

    As an afterthought today I am on my way to America to take advantage of my 30% increase in the value of the Swiss Franc.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  169. Robert W. North Carolina

    I know what Mr. Obama inherited but if what the president did in four years does not get him reelected then his record is a detriment to his reelection. Four more years of the same thing doesn’t sound very convincing to me.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  170. Bob from VA

    Just let the flock of loons running for the GOP nomination do the heavy lifting. The "winner" will be destroyed even before Obama has to run his first ad.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  171. Terry NJ

    Mr Obama needs to take the gloves off and take charge if he wants a second term. The key is JOBS JOBS JOBS. Its time he played hardball or he will be rated the same as Jimmy Carter, a really nice guy but a terrible president.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  172. Elliot Udell

    As ill sounding the strategy may seem, all is fair in love, war and American politics.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  173. Dennis north carolina

    the idea is to win. but I believe that Obama will keep his head above the fray. he will wait for them to throw the first low blow which the republic are known are known for low blows. they need to remember that they live in a very small glass house which could shatter.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  174. Paul NYC

    If anyone "destroys" Romney it's either Romney himself or the teabagging idiots who demand only completely insane candidates.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  175. Paul From Austin Texas

    A mission to destroy Romney is not needed his is on self destruct mode. The health plan he signed into law as Governor of Mass. is so close to "Obama Care" it is spookie. Then there is the phantom donor of Mega Bucks that can not be found or so they say. He may be starting out of the gate first but in most cases that in it slef does not make a winner. He will fade away or maybe have a chance as V.P.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  176. BradKT

    That's called fighting fire with fire...because it is exactly what conservatives do!

    I am all for it!

    Democrats have to fight back...but I agree that President Obama's re-election strategy has to consist of more than that,

    August 10, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  177. Jan From DE

    I do not think it is necessary Jack and I clearly think it is not part of Obama's character. It may even hurt him. Taking a page out of George W's campaign is definately a huge mistake. I would cry "foul" !

    August 10, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  178. Ken Mahwah NJ

    Doesn't matter what he does, " We the people of America" have stated and will make it a reality in 2012 that Obama is a one term president.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  179. Carl Ball


    If it is that easy to destroy Romney – why not. Or, maybe you should ask some of the people who had their lives destroyed by Romney.

    Carl from Pahrump, Nv

    August 10, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  180. mat

    Its the only shot Obama has to win. Think about it like this.. What was his approval level before we got Bin Laden. It was about 45% and it then bounced to around 55%. Now its back below 45% again. Where would it be today without that Bin Laden bounce? Sorry Mr President the only political bounce left to achieve is cut spending thats the only legit way to get re-elected.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  181. martinipaul

    I am a conservative Republican. Why should Obama destroy Romney. Let the tea party and the Republicans destroy each other and in the process they will destroy any chance Romney has to win. I hate the tea party and will NEVER vote for a tp candidate. I'll vote for Obama first. I put God over country and the tp is not Christian. No matter what they say. Human beings are not racoons.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  182. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    At this point, there's nothing Obama can do to improve his chances of being re-elected. His best tactic is to stay out of sight, hope people forget that his Presidency has thus far, been one disaster after another, and hope that the Republicans destroy each other, leaving him the last man standing.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  183. Pam

    Yes!! Play the same game the Republicans play. They did that to John Kerry and Kerry played the gentleman (Look what it got him). They did it to John McCain when George Bush ran and look what we ended up with, the moron from Texas who has almost destroyed this country. The Republicans play dirty politics and it is time to beat them at their own game.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  184. Roland

    This is looney. Obama can let his record speak for itself. You have only to look at what he's done versus what the republicans have done OR PLAN TO DO. Republicans plan won't grow jobs. Their plans raise the deficit see getting rid of Obama Care. The president has to stop running from himself because people aren't cheering and just stand behind his plans.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  185. Vinny in Honolulu

    If the front runner this early mattered, we would be talking today about the '08 battle between Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani. Obama is wasting is time.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  186. Kalel in Kansas

    You might disagree with Romney's politics, but, come on. He doesn't smoke, drink or swear. He married his high-school sweetheart and has five kids. No one ever said a bad thing about him personally during his 25 years in the private sector or his four years as governor. He's never been near a scandal. He's as squeaky clean as they come. So Obama's plan is to "destroy" him personally? I voted for Obama because he vowed to end the politics of destruction and the toxic environment in Washington. Obama lost my vote a long time ago. If he follows this strategy, he'll lose my respect, too. We Americans are always bemoaning the poor quality of candidates in this country. We finally get a super-smart guy with experience and an outstanding track record, and this is what we do? I'm not saying ou have to vote for Romney or even agree with thim, but can't we even be civil anymore? Whatever happened to people of good conscience disagreeing?

    August 10, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  187. Cee.La

    Republicans/Tps? Cons.?????? have done nothing but obstruct,lie,connive, and practice deceptional tactics, since Obama was elected......so he has to be aggressive, or they will eat him alive...........I have voted for GOP candidates before but never again........

    August 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  188. Susan from Idaho

    Throwing dirt is not Obama's style. He's an orator not a terminator. Romney is an also ran and has too much baggage.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  189. Louise in Georgia

    It is interesting to read others commenting that President Obama should play dirty since he will be attacked.
    If I remember correctly, the strategy Obama used to get elected was to attack Bush. 3 years later he is still attacking Bush as well as corporate jet owners, Wall Street, the rich, the Tea Party, GOP,cable news, the list goes on and on. I don't think it is a smart strategy, but unfortunately I think it is the only way our President knows how to campaign and he certainly can't run on his record.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  190. Peter from Wisconsin

    The Obama campaign may have targeted the wrong candidate for opposition research. Their profile should include Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Either way, character assassinations are routine in political campaigns - look at what the Republicans did to discredit former Georgia Sen. Max Cleland, a Vietnam vet who lost his legs and right forearm in Vietnam. Opposition tactics in his 2002 race undermined Cleland's patriotism and contributed to his loss against Saxby Chambliss.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  191. dave in nashville

    Fact: Romney chopped companies assets and jobs during the merger mania period. Bain Capital was all about greed and indignation towards anyone they hurt.

    Obama need not attack Romney, once the people learn the truth about this guy, he may run for the border instead of office. But, some will feel sorry for him since he too is "unemployed".


    August 10, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  192. Scott Stodden

    In My Opinion Jack, It Isn't Like Mitt Romney Isn't Going To Try To Destroy President So Why Shouldn't President Destroy And Go For The Kill, He Better Do Something If He Expects To Win Re-Election In 2012!!! You Best Believe Mitt Romney (If He Is The Republican Nominee) Will Come Out Swinging And Do And Say Anything To Beat The President Come Next Year!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport, Illinois)

    August 10, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  193. Randy

    No! If Obama wants to win a second term he need to change his ways. He is an intelligent man who looks too much to please. He needs to forget about political correctness, forget about the elections and get tough. He needs to grow a set, not be soft on the republicans and he might get some respect!

    August 10, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  194. Bob Wash

    I think its important to remember when the big three were dealing with their issues Romney wanted to let them go bankrupt. Key words to listen for from guys like him are "reduce legacy cost". Basically that means cut jobs and don't honor agreements for pensions. I think there is no honor for flip floppers like this.
    I am confidant the GOP don't want to win and didn't want to win in 08 either. They know things are so messed up they need someone to blame.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  195. Donald in New Mexico

    I hate political ads. The nasty ones are the worst. I won't vote for anyone that takes the low road. The personal attacks without merit are despicable. There should be a 100% tax on political ads, with the money going to public financing.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  196. Ralph Nelson

    Absolutely the worst thing the President can do. People do not like this and Jimmy Carter tried it against Ronald Reagon. Obama well sink or swim on job creation. He actually has to do something to get reelected. Trashing Romney simply gives away one of the things people respect about the President most (decency). He is so poorly advised and barely beat Clinton. .

    August 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  197. Grover

    It's not the right way but it's the way politics works nowadays. Most elected officials in Washington sell their soul the minute they get there and become a member of the "cult of corruption" forgetting about why and who sent them there. It didn't use to be this way. The Obama and his administration have encouraged this behavior. Just look back at who his friends were and where he sat in a church for 20 years and listened to a radical so called preacher spout his venum. Obama has had good training. What do you expect?

    August 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  198. Viv from NY

    I think Obama can go after Romney the same way the Repubicans attacked him . But I never heard Obama doing what you are suggesting anyway. Are you looking for trouble when there isn't any ?

    August 10, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  199. Linda in Arizona

    Does anyone honestly believe that a dim democrat could be more vicious than any republican living? Politico is a republican rag. This is a stupid question. Wait and see what happens. Romney might not even be the nominee.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  200. John in Charlotte, NC

    I voted for Obama in 2008. I don't regret that decision one bit.

    But I'll tell you this: While I'm no Mitt Romney fan, if this is the tactic that Obama's campaign resorts to in 2012, I'll be voting for someone else. I just don't think I could bear it.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  201. Joe

    No Jack, the best method is to reveal how the party of obstructionism has KILLED our hope and change leader. When the President reveals who is behind the obstructionist lobby, then he elevates his position to again make an attempt for hope and change in a world of nihilism.
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    August 10, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  202. David S.

    Destroying your opponent works for Karl Rove and the entire GOP, so why not take a play from their playbook? I say go for it.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  203. RL Guy

    Unfortunately, yes. If there is one thing that the Republicans have shown over the latest few elections is that character assassination works. Reality bites.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  204. Chuck DeSocio

    yes.Here's another shocker Jack.... Mitt Romney's election strategy will be to destroy Obama.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  205. David

    He's done nothing but behave like a republican up to this point. Why change now?


    New York

    August 10, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  206. dreday

    what a joke. these people need to step down or do there job attacking is not the answer. if i attack people at my work place and blame them i wouldnt have a job anymore

    August 10, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  207. Julia from Texas

    It would be business as usual for Democrats to focus on name calling, hyperbole, and trashing their opponent instead of trying to win the argument or to sell their policies to the public. Its all they know!!!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  208. Mike in Minneapolis

    I don't think Obama needs to. What has Romney been doing since 2007? Looking at the White House and wishing he was in it? He doesn't exactly make the news with his patriotic service and acts of bettering the nation and lives of Americans. Now more than ever Americans are coming to terms with the fact that our reps need to do more than complain about the president's every move to get his job.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  209. Mark, Oklahoma City

    I can just hear the 2012 Presidential debates now, "Well, yes as President I had HOPED that the CHANGE I would bring didn't involve the entire economy going down the toilet and ZERO job growth, but if you think I have done a bad job....just think what Romney would do....Make it legal for you to have TWO of those nagging wives!"

    August 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  210. Jayne in Jacksonville, FL

    No, destroying Mitt Romney isn't how President Obama is going to win a second term, its not having a socially liberal and fiscally conservative opponent that's going to be the reason people don't vote for someone 'different'. I believe in hope and change, but I also believe in making sure your own house is in order before you hope to make changes somewhere else.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  211. Renee Peoria,Ill

    I'm an Independent who voted for Obama; like many I still like him despite being disappointed in him. If he goes for dirty politics instead of concentrating on jobs I won't even like him anymore. Bad idea! Obama taking the low road will just push me toward voting for Romney.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  212. evelin

    oh, I forgot, republicans can throw all dirt for years at our president, but if he goes negative, it's a crime!

    August 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  213. SeanE

    Personally, I would say no. That Obama should put himself above all of that. But if it becomes necessary depending on what the GOP does for campaigning, then I would have to say it would become necessary to a degree. If he goes mainly negative in campaigning, Obama will hurt himself more than it will hurt Romney.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  214. Drake in Vancouver

    It may not be the right way but it sure will be effective. There is a definite backlash in America against the rich and multinational companies that export jobs and Romney's background fits this strategy.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  215. Bart


    Supposedly, "Romney's campaign describes this strategy as despicable, desperate and disgraceful." How is it different from Romney's personal attacks on Obama. Chalk up another hypocritical position for him – like flip-flopping on every major issue of the day, gun-control, abortion, gay rights, health care, etc. Biggest flip-flopper ever.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  216. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    No! Obama running like how Bush did in 2004 goes against what he preaches (civility & bipartisanship), shows that he cannot run on his own record, and in my opinion is giving the GOP legitimate ammunition to use against him through the rest of his term. Using the word "kill" is especially inappropriate in my opinion.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  217. Kathleen Bodle

    My answer is no. The Americans do not want to see who can destroy eachother the most in the 2012 election, they want a president who can lead and deal with the country's issues. Obama destroying Romney is not a good way to show he's serious about the issues, just serious about winning.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  218. Feliz

    Fix the economy 1st then focus on the presidential campaign.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  219. Brian from New York City

    Just shows that Obama hasn't a clue about getting us out of this mess we are in, so has taken the low road to smearing his opponent in a desperate effort to recapture the White House

    August 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  220. Jim

    Yes, he simply should do just that. It would give him practice in being assertive in contrast to the recent past posture.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  221. jeff

    I don't remember you having a problem when bush did it to Kerry, so what's the problem now?

    August 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  222. Kim, Michigan

    Who really cares what strategy either candidate uses? The truth is that truly qualified people will never run for this office. Each election I vote for the least offensive candidate. They are all in it for themselves!

    August 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  223. Jerry

    In my opinion, this is what Obama does best...he talks about change and he will change the image of Romney. Obama is not the type of leader we expected. It is too bad that we have 18 more months of this.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  224. Jeff

    It works for the Republicans Jack. What's their complaint? Plagiarism? Besides, is America really ready for a President who believes he'll receive his own planet after he dies? Check the Mormon beliefs, they're more than a little strange.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  225. Michelle

    As if we haven't had enough of congress bickering, let's have more personal attacks. What good does it make? President Obama can't produce anything but lies and empty promises. The only other option for him is to make everyone else look worse than he does – NOT an easy thing to do. If Mitt takes the high road on this, he'll win. People are tired of these attacks. They are SOOOO transparent, WEAK and cowardly!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  226. deborah ballweg

    Someone should ask Obama "Is that all you got"? If it is, you're in deep trouble.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  227. Robert Johnson MN

    Bashing Romney is just more of the same sidelines commentary that Obama mistakes for leadership. The only way for Obama to stay in office is to learn what leadership is and then actually practice it.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  228. Not A. Teabagger

    Gee, what have the republicans been doing for the past couple of years?

    Just maybe they have been making personal attacks on Obama every day, day in and day out.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  229. William Cook

    Destroying Romney and any Republican or Indipendant canidate is the only way Obama will win in 2012. The Voters in Ohio have had enough of the promissed hope and change.

    ~ Fayette, Ohio

    August 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  230. Bob


    Not just yes, but hell yes. After the hate mongering against Obama the reactionaries and overt actions of the obstructionists in Congress, Obama is entitled to use whatever tools and tactics he wants. And what the hell is the media so concerned about now. If this was a page out of Bush's playbook, where was the media's outrage then?

    August 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  231. Debbie Coeur d'Alene Idaho

    Absolutely not! Personal attacks are the thing that turns me off most. I had so much higher hopes for Barrack Obama the day I voted him into the office of President of the United States. I honestly thought hope and change were in our future with him as president. At this point in time he still has my vote, however I would be extremely disappointed in him if he were to stoop to personal attack as a method of campaign and it would seriously make me take a second look at whether I would vote for him or not for a second term.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  232. Beverly H Tatum Charlotte NC

    Is this not total Republican hypocrisy? Republicans have personally slandered and attacked President Obama for everything he has said and done on a daily basis since 2008. That's not to mention all the hate and open racism and questioning of his birthplace and American values. President Obama has lived with total disrespect by Republicans. Republicans shouldn't feign surprise when President Obama finally fights back and tells the truth about Romney and their other non-credible candidates.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  233. MikeLR

    People here should not confuse surrogate attacks with official campaign tactics or strategy. Any one can say what they will about a candidate but hopefully that candidates ofiicial strategy is not to destroy someone personally. That would be shameful. That said I have no doubt Obama will take the low road as usual.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  234. matt j

    attacking romney would be the worst thing to do considering hes the only one between the current president and mr romney that actually has experience at the top level running things, wheres obama's experience in leadership? attacking romney is a democratic shot in the foot.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  235. Nicholas NJ

    I don't think it is the right way, but if the election were this November, it would be a way to win. Hopefully this time next year things will be better..if not it may be the only way to win a 2nd term

    August 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  236. Greg

    No such thing as statesmanship and honor anymore

    August 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  237. Darin

    Obama will not pursue this action despite what was leak. It is not his personality. He loves compromise. He is the man in the middle and that is his problem. Politics is nasty and he is not that! He caved on Bush Tax Cuts; He caved in the Debt Ceiling Debate; and He will CAVE in this announcement. I voted for him in 2008, but I know that dirty politics is not his nature. Its just not in him!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  238. JBR

    Let the Democrats and Republicans fight as usual until they both disintegrate. None of them are doing any of us any good!
    I am voting for Bernie Sanders, the only one who is staying true to his principles and promises!

    August 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  239. Terri

    Obama will destroy anyone who gets in his way! He has an agenda that includes ruining our great country, ruining lives of those who disagree with him, to further his staying top dog of this country. I firmly believe that he would stoop to just about anything to stay in office.
    He's not through with this country yet!!

    August 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  240. Jim

    Such a personal attack would be a desperate sleight of hand. Unfortunately, magic tricks won't fix a stalled economy.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  241. Sam Sugar

    Obama and his cronies cannot point to a single positive achievement during their awful reign, so of course they will revert to form and vilify their opponents–what did you expect from these posers whose primary mission is to get re- elected even if it destroys the country they claim to love so much.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  242. Gary Bentley

    Jack, I'm a long time business owner in Oklahoma and Obama and every candidate needs to run on there record if they love this country. . My dad all ways taught me to not worry about what the competition is doing or you'll not run your own business right. This country is down and to the point we need people who care in office not BS.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  243. don

    There is no reason to lie about Romney. Simply remind fellow voters that he was ok with default, has repeatedly flip-flopped on his positions–including Massachusetts Care, and has distorted Obama's record beyond recognition. Clearly, this man is too ambitious and TOO SLICK to be our chief executive.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  244. Greg

    Being someone whom doesn't support President Obama, I would say that a deviation from the political norms and mores of DC politics would do more for his reelection than any amount of vilifying of his opponents.

    People speak to the need for true leadership and I find it difficult to argue with that notion. I would however say that it takes more than an orator to be a great leader.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  245. Gayle in Oklahoma

    I hate it when those "policitians" go after each other on a personal level. Whatever happened to decency and respect for another persons opinion? Guess that died years ago just like everything else in this country. It is a terrible commentary for a president to stoop to this level – he only enforces the thinking of those individuals that feel he does not represent this country. President Obama should not stoop to the antics that our previous president did.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  246. Lisa Turner

    I do not believe that destroying Romney to win the election is worth it. To begin with, this type of campaigning avoids discussing real and necessary issues.
    Furthermore, negative campaign ads that impugn the other candidate, and which do not engage voters with real substantive issues and which do not address the needs of the citizens, diminish everyone with their mean-spiritedness, and lower the tone of political discourse everywhere.

    Americans are so much better than this.

    Lisa Turner

    August 10, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  247. AFree

    That's the one thing Obama is good at....destruction of people and life. So it's quite appropriate for him and his to go down this path. Romney has nothing to fear. Obama is imploding!

    August 10, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  248. Michael Burns

    The only way for Mr. Obama to win in 2012 is to convince himself he is a one-term President, govern as if he wasn't seeking re-election, and do the very things that millions of voters enthusiastically sent him to Washington to do – to take this country back from the vultures. Then we might re-elect him.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  249. les fletcher

    Yes! That's the only strategy he has left since he hasn't any accomplishments to brag about.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  250. Fern2011

    This is dishonest but Obama will have a hard time winning otherwise. The American people are clearly angry. Right now the president is taking most of the heat but if he can redirect this anger to his opponent he might manage to snag another term.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  251. David

    This sounds like a partisan question Jack. The kind that a Right Wing Extremist Republican would ask. I have one for you. Was swift-boating John Kerry and fear-mongering the war the right thing to do??? The Right Wing Machine were extremely successful in using this tactic and won!!! I say this President should use any means necessary to get reelected. So far he has been playing fair with people whose sole intention is to see to it that he only has one term.

    David, Las Vegas

    August 10, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  252. Jack D. Roanoke, VA

    No. Obama had better use every ounce of his energy correcting the economy and unemployment situation. If the American voters don't see a positive change in either by election time, the Republicans could run Larry, Curly or Moe against him and win.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  253. Marc

    Absolutely, even tough I don't approve of the president's policies, we are really talking about political strategy here. Personnal attacks and "negative tactics", as bad as they are for the well-being of a country's civil society, work. They worked for Bush senior against Dukakis, they got Ronald Reagan trough the primaries, and worked for Bush junior. Unfortunatly, good policy and good politics are different things, and negative tactics work.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  254. Joan

    It is really easy to tear down an opponent. However, for once I would to hear HOW a canidate plans to fix a problem. I am tired of the constant criticism without any solutions being put forward. Don't tell me you gonna fix DC, that will change my vote. In reality you need to learn to work within the parameters of DC.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  255. Othon Cardelle

    Jack, as it stands now, I don't believe either of them should be worrying about re-election. Instead, due to their total incompetence, they should be worrying about a third political party emerging from the shadows who truly represents the people and how they are going to explain their monumental political losses to the corporate entities that fund their campaigns. If there was ever a time for true change, it's now!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  256. Jerry Ellis

    I voted for Obama but am up to my neck with his choking failures. Yes, to stand a chance of getting a drink of ice water in election hell he should remove Romney's political head. But to do that Obama must put away his Club Scout knife and swing a real man's sword. Either way you cut it, America is drowning in a river of economic red.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  257. MaryClare

    I think the voters are sick and tired of mean spirited election campaigns that are more about personal assault than accomplishment. It is very sad that Obama's strategists would go down this road and it really is a sign of sheer desperation. Obama would have a much greater chance if he acted more presidential versus presidential candidate, laid down the gauntlet and called the house and the senate back to DC to immediately work on resolving this debt crisis and set the Simpson?Bowles plan before the new super committe and claim it as his own.

    No one in this country can claim they are better off under Obama, except Rham....

    August 10, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  258. altondrew

    On the surface it makes no sense, and should backfire. However, with Mr. Obama, you can't look at the surface only. You have to look at the GOP's reaction. Will the other GOP hopefuls rally around Mr. Romney thus blowing their chances to win the nomination, or will they take notes from the Obama attack and use the approach themselves? That may be the end game; to hasten the implosion of the GOP.

    Alton Drew

    August 10, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  259. jack

    It would be sad if Obama decides to attack Romney for being "weird" as Obama has been attacked for it. Rather than having an honest discourse on how far America has come for minorities, gays and lesbians, and people of different religions, I feel that any personal attack on Romney would turn off moderates and first time voters. Is Christie really the only one to defend muslims as not "terrorists?"

    August 10, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  260. Robert from Miami

    President Obama should run on his record.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  261. The Deal

    Yes; because Romney always run away from his past.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  262. A.mitchell

    This strategy is sure to backfire. After all most of us supported him because we hoped for a new way of doing business in Washington. For someone who had to endure all the innuendo about his name and religion going down that road would be ludicrous! I think there are more substantive issues around the economy to discuss and debate

    August 10, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  263. Jan Davidson

    Just when you think it couldn't get any more disgusting in Washington, now this – political attacks slipping to a new low! President Obama will be dragged into a dog fight by his campaign aides if he allows this sort of tactics and he will be the loser! It couldn't be a sadder situation.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  264. Dana C. Dolliver

    Why? Glove ....opps I mean Mit will desroy himself... look what happened to the last canidate for president form his state.... he was trounce by a much lesser canidate...

    August 10, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  265. Austin Hager

    Obama is already falling behind in approval ratings and has been criticized for his way of dealing with republican demands. If he decides to "destroy" Romney it will be seen as a weak attempt to gain approval. He needs to be more firm in his decisions and opinions rather than just try to condescend his opponents. The only way he will be reelected is if people see that he can hold true to his initial policies that got him elected.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  266. Brian (From Chicago)

    Obama needs to destroy anyone that gets in his way. Romney is just the closest, easiest target right now. That's how politics works Jack. As long as Romney is defending himself, he'll never win. (And don't think for a minute Obama's camp doesn't have Rick Perry in it's crosshairs).

    August 10, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  267. Carson Poli

    No. Obviously Obama has no confidence in his own leadership skills if he has to attack other candidates. But it's the same with the rest of them too. Clearly none of these people should be allowed in office if they are unable to be elected with their own credentials and instead have to attack their competitor's agendas and backgrounds to make themselves look better. Once they begin campaigning with commercials and speeches about how they themselves would be good for office, I'll begin to care.

    New Jersey

    August 10, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  268. Robert Scott

    Obama is doing such a good job destroying the American economy , why not try and destroy someone that maybe able to fix what he broke.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  269. I wonder

    Destroying another person's credibility works. The reason is that most people are only aware of current issues and politicians voting record on a superficial level. When people watch these campaign attack ads they believe what they hear. Outside of Mass, few people know Mitt Romney and are not going to take the time to learn about him.

    The Republicans portrayed John Kerry as flip-flopping. What did we wind up with, George Bush who was inflexible, one-dimensional in this thinking, unable to critically analyse a situation and was guided by his evangelical beliefs, in other words a nightmare. He drove the country into the ground with the Iraq war and tax breaks for the rich.

    The Democrats learned from this and now they might play dirty politics.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  270. Gary NC

    It's amazing how Republicans have become the party of morals.
    Shame on Dems using words like Communists and terrorist. But Repubs do it all the time. Shame on the President for campaigning, but Bush did it.
    Could you just imagine how civil our country would be if Republicans lived up to their own standards?
    There is an amnesia epidemic in this country and no one wants health care help.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  271. JoAnn Schilling

    When Obama doesn't have a clue as to how to solve our problems and surrounds himself with people who don't know either ,he has nothing left but to destroy those around him who might be able to.This 2012 election will be about jobs!!!!! jobs!!!!!and getting our country back on its feet.These kind of shenanigans may very well back fire on him.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  272. Matthew

    I do not think it would be a good idea for Obama's campaign. There is no dignity in downgrading one's opponent. It has been done too many times before and it will only show weakness. If Obama wants another term, he needs to have a smarter plan than this.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  273. Radames Garcia

    All he needs to do is inprove the economy and he doesn't need to destry anyone. As if that was easy?

    August 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  274. Fred of OlyWA

    Mr. Caffery, are you just trying to just trying to give this report some credibility. Frankly, I don't believe that President Obama has any such plan, and I'll believe it when I see it.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  275. Kenneth Vaughn

    Attacking Romney is the absolute wrong strategy. To win, Mr. Obama must develop a Big Message that establishes him as the leader of the economic recovery. His plan must create tens of thousands of jobs, create an increase of 25% in consumer purchasing power, which will increase economic growth to 10.3%, stimulate domestic and foreign investment in American industry, reduce the deficit by $5 trillion over the next 10 years, broaden the tax base on a shared and fair basis, while making the entitlement programs solvent. The name of such a plan is the Fair Tax Act H.R. 25 which accomplishes all of these while calling for the repeal of the 16th amendment.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  276. Ken New Baltimore

    He has destroyed our economy. He has destroyed his Presidency with inaction and indecision. When he begins to act Presidental and Professatorial, we might get somewhere. The only thing he knows is "Destroy".

    August 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  277. Matt from Michigan

    Since Romney acts like the world was perfect in January 2009 and then Obama came in and destroyed it, hell yes I believe Obama should attack Romney. After all, there's plenty to attack. Every chance he gets, Romney places the blame on Obama and only Obama, not Bush, not Cheney, not the neocons, and no other Republicans. Even though Obama does not seem like the type to fight dirty, he must attack his rivals. It's politics at it's finest, Jack.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  278. Dave W

    Everything Mitt has worked on has been successful. From starting a very successful business that created jobs, to turning around the Olympics to turning around a State, Mitt was right for the country in 2008 and he'll be even more needed in 2012. The USA is going down the drain in a big, big way.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  279. Margie P. Cole

    No, I do not think that Obama should allow his Staff to destroy Romney or anyone else he doesn't like. If Obama can't win votes from the majority of Americans by "fighting" a fair and honorable campaign he doesn't deserve to be our President. Obama needs to look at himself and say "is this the right thing to do?" If he is an honorable statesman, as we want our President to be, then he should bow out. He is bound to have learned a few things about people and life in his 50 years.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  280. Brian (From Chicago)

    Are you suggesting Obama give Romney a break Jack? Why? All's fair in love, war, and politics.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  281. Tony

    I have always thought the way to keep your job is to let your work do the talking. You don't need to run someone down to keep your job. Just make the right choices and do the right thing and he would have no problem. We can find anyone to do it wrong. Lets get it right!

    August 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  282. John Hanson

    Yes. This is the U S of A. We win at any cost. Ethics? What are those?

    August 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  283. Maggie

    It makes no sense, in war or in politics, to announce a strategy ahead of time. Success depends on the element of surprise. One might as well announce, "I'll be breaking into your home Tuesday between 5 and 6 o'clock, and I'll enter through the kitchen door." I question the accuracy and the source of Obama's campaign approach. Whoever the source, I'm glad they were not in on the detailed plans of the D-Day invasion in France, or we'd probably all be speaking German now.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  284. Randy

    No, destroying untouchable billionaires and corporations is the ONLY way he can win re-election.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  285. Jason Ross

    Jack i think it is a good way but Obama needs to get this economy better, creating jobs, fix the housing crisis, end both wars, order the senate and congress to report to Washington, once they are back in Washington, they must go to the white house to work on something that will help the economy, create jobs, end both wars quickly, tax the rich, fix american issues, and i believe i can be a better member of congress or the senate those members of congress who cant get things done, congress has a 82% percent disprove rating. Franklin D. Roosevelt got us of the great depression, congress need something like a new deal that will help solve america issues, like the housing crisis, jobs, both wars, debt, economy, taxes, immigration, and other issues. Obama and congress need to step up on there game to solve america's issues

    August 10, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  286. Donnie Shelton

    Romney is a ball of clay. He molds himself to what he thinks people want. I don't think people want that! They want a strong leader who is on the right track and knows it. He should concentrate on jobs – and the environment. Both are being sadly ignored when they could go hand in hand so well! If we don't get moving on both, it will be too late for the US AND for Mother Earth! And We the People would love to see Obama take charge and just do it!

    August 10, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  287. Paul

    Seriously jack,
    What can this president run on "Hope and Change"?
    With a bad economy and a high unemployment rate and Oh yea,
    wasn't he supposed to cut the deficet in half by the end of his first term? What other choice does he have but try to destroy Mitt Romney.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  288. Sandy

    No, Staying positive is always the best way to win my vote. I think Obama has gotten a lot done in his time in office, and he should concentrate on those things. There are many things that he can talk about that boast the positives. Stick with that.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  289. Patti - VT

    Mitt Romney is an empty shirt and a pandering phony. He deserves a takedown. Besides, when did anyone take it easy on Obama, ever? Jack you know this is politics pure and simple, so why ask this stupid question. Besides, it is irrelevant, Romney won't make it through the primary. He doesn't have the crazy eye!

    August 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  290. Melissa

    Ridiculous question. Romney is currently the only possible threat to the Democrats winning the Presidency. Everyone else is a joke. Remove Romney, and Obama is going to win. Simple as that.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  291. Dean

    He should focus on showing the people who elected him he is even worth a second election. He never shows a spine or leadership when it comes down to debates and he is constantly enraging the left. He shouldn't be worried about demonizing Romney.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  292. Tman

    Hi Jack,
    I think he can run on his record! The Presidnt's biggest challenge is trying to hold on to his base, of which I'm one. He should use this "My name is Barack Obama and I am the President". The tea party republicans want work with the first minority President; then we will give him a congress of Democrats and Independents, plus anyone else that truely LOVES this country! He's only tried to do whats right for the majority of Americans. I'm With You Mr. President. Let the fight begin!

    August 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  293. Patricia

    I am a loyal Democrat and one of President Obama's avid supporters. I am sickened by this information and hope it will not be the chosen course of his re-election campaign. I suggest this alternative. President Obama announce the he will not campaign for re-election at all, but will instead focus on rebuilding America in every way possible –that he will work for re-election, not campaign. Then ask that all of the human energy and money that would have been spent on his campaign, be invested in creating jobs, donated to charity or paid in taxes by wealthy contributors and corporations that now use loopholes to avoid payment. That would be change I could believe in and would do more toward election reform than could ever be accomplished by legislation. And I'd be willing to bet the national debt he would be re-elected by a landslide!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  294. Ruben

    Jack, I voted for Obama; shame on me, but the only way he will get re-elected is by fixing the economy not by attacking the opposition. America has had enough of that.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  295. Rene

    Jack yes Obama should destroy Romney he's committed fraud in 2002, then Mitt Romney Struggled To Explain Reports That He Benefited From The Sale Of A Company That Later Admitted It Had Profited From Medicare Fraud. In October 2002, The Associated Press reported that Mitt Romney "made $473,000 from the 1993 sale to Corning Inc. of Damon Clinical Laboratories, whose profits were generated in part by fraudulently billing Medicare for unneeded blood tests. Romney's firm, Bain Capital Inc., tripled its investment in the company and made $7.4 million." The AP added, "Republican Mitt Romney is struggling to explain reports that he benefited from the sale of a company that later admitted it had profited from Medicare fraud."
    Thats Republicans frauds, just like they are hidding information about 62 trillion in worthless credit default swaps! Go OBAMA f

    August 10, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  296. Brian (From Chicago)

    Even suggesting this question makes Romney look weak Jack.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  297. Eric - Hotlanta

    It shows desperation on the part of Obama's 2012 campaign that they would pull out the pistol and figuratively "kill" the top GOP hopeful by going after him with personal attacks 15 months before the election. There is not any good news right now for the Obama camp, so slinging mud at the other guy seems to be the only thing left to do. Looks like the campaign is painting itself into a corner pretty early on.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  298. Brady in Poughkeepsie

    No, Obama should run on an FDR-like platform. The government needs to take an active role in the economy, and get money in the hands of people who spend the most. This is a consumer-based economy afterall. Companies aren't making jobs because they're content with making billions, so government must prime the pump. Romney is nothing. Everyone knows he would be a true corporate president. Everything the Republicans represent run contrary to what the average people need.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  299. Andrew Obot

    A "ferocious attack" is an indication of political desperation, and knowing how clean Barrack Obama ran his campaign in 2008, I am very certain that Obama will distant himself from such strategy and rather run on the issues in 2012. However, a fair assesment of Romney's business background is necessary since the economy might end up being the predominant issue in 2012.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:38 pm |

    Now who is actining like a terrorist!!!!! The Obama campaign sounds like a terrorist plan. The Dem. shouldn't be calling the Tea Party terrorist if the are acting like terrorist. If they go with it could very much back fire on them.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  301. Faye from Nevada

    I think Romney has been doing it himself. He flops around on various things and all it does is cause himself to flop.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  302. Ros.....Illinois

    Yes it is o.k. for Obama to tell everything anout Romney. Do you think Romney is going to be Little Miss Sunshine while running? He will be looking back at everything that Bush did to McCain and Kerry and tell that and more lies. Romney did some pretty preposterous things while he was Govenor and we need to hear it all. Don't hold any of it back. Every Republican has treated Obama terrible while in office. I will vote for President Obama, I haven't seen a Republican name that is better.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  303. John

    Destroying Mitt Romney probably isn´t the best way for Obama to win re-election since most Republicans won´t vote for a Mormon any way. However, I wouldn´t feel bad for Mr. Romney who like most Republicans in Congress has "led" by trying to destroy Obama´s presidency instead of trying to help out America ever since Obama was elected.

    Amherst, NH

    August 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  304. andyz Lynn, MA

    All is fair in love, war and politics. You think this is bad, wait for the presidential election.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  305. tc from Texas

    Probably not since his way of attacking something is just sitting back and studying it like an inexperienced professor. So from Romney's viewpoint it would be a good thing if he attacked him.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  306. Dan

    Are you speaking for President Obama regarding this plan? Or are you trying to plant a negative spin? The GOP has been doing every thing possible to bring down Obama, look at this debt ceiling debate. Romney's a big boy and rich I might add. He has to account for his own past. I'm sure he doesn't need your help or sympathy.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  307. borisboss

    From a campaign strategy standpoint, preventing a Romney nomination is absolutely the correct approach. He's the most electable of the bunch, and since he has absolutely no political convictions outside of expediency, Romney will be very comfortable making the turn to the center after nomination. Since Romney has joined the choir blaming the deficit spiral created by Bush tax cuts and wars on Obama, he's fair game anyway.

    This then should hand the nomination to one or another irresponsible idiot, none of whom look electable at this point.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  308. Hannah Jackson

    I do not see any reason why Obama and his people should not attack Romney. He's a hypocrite. Secondly, the Republicans and thier religious gods have attacked Obama over, and over, all because God has blessed him to be president of this great U.S.A. These people never believed that a black man would be president of this great nation. They fail to realize that they are not God Almighty.....That God never created races. He created us in His image, while their malicious forefathers divided the world into races.

    Obama and his people need to wake up and attack all those hypocrites, especially the ones who want to take away benefits from grandmom.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  309. Brian (From Chicago)

    Yes he should be attacking Romney! That's politics. What bothers me is if this were Michele Bachmann, would Obama be labeled a sexist for attacking her? I think there is a double standard out there in all this.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  310. Rocky in LA

    I don't know if that alone will get him re-elected but, I'm glad that the Democrats are finally thinking about playing election hardball, like their Republican counterparts have been doing for years. These 'smear' tactics seem to have become the only way to successfully campaign in America. I would love to see/hear politicians saying "vote for me because I've done good things for the people", instead of "vote for me because the other candidate sucks".

    August 10, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  311. Ron WPAFB

    Won't matter, Romney isn't going to win nomination!

    August 10, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  312. Rita Fort Collins CO

    Would much rather see him get animated about governing. Seems like he doesn't have any trouble saying what he would do or what someone else is doing but haven't seen much of the "doing" himself. I would rather he not campaign at all or go after anybody. Governing would be the first order of business.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  313. Regina

    I think everyone should stick to the issues. Only talk about what is important to our country. We spend too much time talking about how bad the other perosn is. Just let us know what you are going to do. Our President has done alot of what he said he would. The problem is he was to trusting that the Repulicans would put our country first. They only want to make the black man look bad.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  314. Linda Williams

    When a candidate, or in this case the President, has nothing else to use to sell themselves, they attack the opponent. Let the Republicans do it for him.With Sarah Palin joining in, there will be lots of bashing going on. President Obama needs to stay focused on issues, not attacks on Republican hopefuls. If he stoops to that level, he will just dig himself a deeper hole.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
  315. concerned mom

    Do you hear what you are all saying. No wonder why there is so much hatred and our children are stuggling to be good and great citizens of this nation. Stop the hatred on all sides and please look for the good in all. That is why we are where we are today. If we all just vote for the hatred we have for the other persons and not on the core principles that each one brings to the table we are not the America that our fore fathers started. Remember how proud you were to be an American going up? Keep that attitude or things will get worse and you will wish that we just had these problems. Remember we are the examples for the future generation and if there is this much hatred now when I am old I would hate to see it then.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
  316. Jill Bryan

    If Romney is ruined by the truth, how is that President Obama's fault?

    August 10, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
  317. Mister Q

    Attacking Romney, won't increase his chances....but attack congress on both side of the floor, I believe will do better. It' s not Romney fault that this country is doing bad, it congress and put congress on blast..for thier lack in take care of business...would increase his chances

    August 10, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  318. Bob in Northern Maine

    I don't think it's the best strategy; he probably shouldn't sink to that level. On the other hand, if Mr obama is patient, Mr Romney will probably destroy himself along the way

    August 10, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  319. Wayne Tennessee

    Obama needs to rip Romney and demoralaize him.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  320. Tommy

    Jack, the right's already destroying Romney. But they'll complain like crazy if the left gives it a try. Too bad, because he really could appeal to the center if he stopped trying to pander to the fringe. His work in Massachusetts was exemplary, as was his health plan

    August 10, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  321. lynnej in nc

    Honestly he doesn't have to. Romney does all by himself with his flipflops. I have yet to see a jobs plan from him or anyone on the Republican side. And I don't expect to.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  322. Dale Kerns Jr

    The problem here is Romney and Obama are exactly the same and neither will admit it. The only difference is the GOP voters will be able to keep Romney in check if he is elected. Obama will not be seeking another term so all hell could break loose on the constitution. Although, the King like figure Obama wants to be, he may try for a third term! I will however be voting on principle, thus voting for Ron Paul.

    Dale Kerns

    Eddystone, Pa

    August 10, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
  323. Isaac

    Obama doesn't have to, the Tea Party will do it leading up to the primaries.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  324. Mac L.

    Personal attacks are the only way to win if the recession really does do a double dip (wouldn't that be a depression?). I'm sure we will also hear about how such a radical change as voting in a republican president in a precarious time like this will roil markets when it will probably do the opposite. Romney is not my favorite by a longshot but I can atleast believe his claim that he understands the economy better than Obama.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  325. JLC

    effective? of course it is. It's how Bachmann got elected, then re-elected... twice.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  326. jerrie lajeunesse

    When the republicans destroy someone they get elected. I've been waiting for a democrat that has the guts to fight fire with fire. Having said that ,let the games begin.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  327. Bob in Kansas City

    I hope he does, the right has been after him almost before all the chairs were packed away from his inauguration, its all about a black in the White House, all the other stuff is just a diversion to hide the real reason...........

    August 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  328. John Colorado Springs

    Hey Jack, No Obama should not destroy Romney to win, he should just base the campaign on comparing records. But, unfortunately, even if Obama and Romney run campaigns that do not destroy each other there are enough obnoxious groups out there that will do the dirty work. On both sides.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  329. Phillip

    Why is this any more of an issue now than it has been in past elections? Mudslinging has been the nature of politics for as long as our government has been in operation. Needless to say being nice hasn't gotten Obama anywhere, so why not sling a little mud. Every one of the Republican candidates are rife with reason to sling some mud at them.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:56 pm |
  330. Lee Sterne

    Character assault? Romney has character? Is "character" related to principals? If it is, he certainly doesn't. He changes his position more often than he changes neckties, and that's pretty often.
    As for criticizing Obama for "assault" of any kind, perhaps Mitch should listen to some of what he's saying, that is if he's capable of listening. I'm not even sure he knows what he's saying, otherwise why would he keep making these absurd flip-flops?

    August 10, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  331. Gabby Johnson in Montana

    Romney is not crazy enough to survive the GOP primary process, plus his faith is "CINO" - Christian in name only.
    Face it - the GOP is now controlled by fact-free ideologists.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  332. al Thomas

    hi Jack,
    i voted for Obama in 2008 and will do so again. as proven by the debt ceiling fiasco you can not effect change when the opposition has vowed to block ANY initiative he proposes, even if it destroys our country. just take a look at the last two days on wall street. from day one they "pledged" to make him a one term president. it's no coincidence the Tea Party was born the day he was elected. but i think mr. romney has worse troubles than the Obama operatives, i just
    heard that Sarah is about to" rain on his parade " again..

    August 10, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
  333. o'dell

    Obama needs to quit being pretty and get down in the dirt and call things like they are. Call out the bad guys by name. If he keeps harvardizing everything even Mitt Romney could beat him....no no ...make that even Sarah Palin...no make that Michelle whats-her-name.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  334. Joe

    President Obama would be best served to hold the attack mechanism back as a plan B. He will be attacked by the right relentlessly for the next 14 months. Much of it will be untruths and and the all too common delusional rants from FOX NEWS rodeos. I was liking Mitt until recently when he started making ridiculous opportunist political statements that are calculated based any possible political gain. Look...most folks want a campaign solely based upon facts, ideas, and accomplishments. Not gonna happen...ever.

    August 10, 2011 at 5:59 pm |