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08.15.2012

ET EXCLUSIVE: PRESIDENT OBAMA RESPONDS TO ROMNEY'S ACCUSATIONS THAT HE'S RUNNING A CAMPAIGN OF "ANGER AND HATE"

 ET EXCLUSIVE:  PRESIDENT OBAMA RESPONDS TO ROMNEY'S ACCUSATIONS THAT HE'S RUNNING A CAMPAIGN OF "ANGER AND HATE"    

August 15, 2012 (Dubuque, IA) --  President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama commented for the first time to ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT's Nancy O'Dell on Romney's accusations of conducting a "campaign of anger and hate."    

After being on the campaign trail in Iowa with the President, O’Dell asked the President what he thought of that characterization"Well, Nancy you’ve been on the campaign trail with me for a day and a half, and this is pretty typical of what we do.  We’re going around the country, talking about, ‘How do we put people back to work?  How do we improve our schools?  I don’t think you or anybody who’s been watching the campaign would say, yes, that in any way we have tried to divide the country.  We’ve always tried to bring the country together.  Governor Romney has had sharp critiques of me and my policies and that’s how it should be.  That’s the nature of democracy.  I’ve got some sharp disagreements with him in terms of where he would take the country." 

On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden told a group of supporters in Danville, Virginia that the Romney campaign wanted to "let the big banks once again write their own rules -- unchain Wall Street," adding, "They're gonna put y'all back in chains."

The Romney campaign denounced Biden's choice of words, but Biden later said he meant to use the term "unshackle," saying that it's been used in the past by Republicans in regard to the economy.

O’Dell asked the President to respond to the furor over Biden's remarks, "You know, the truth is that what Joe Biden was talking about, again, is an example of a substantive argument, a substantive issue that the American people should be concerned about.  His phrasing is a distraction from what is at stake."

"You know the truth of the matter is, again, this is an example of what the American people hear and what the press corps want to focus on are two very different things, so if we're going to talk about substance, than we should focus on what Joe's comments meant and what they're intended to mean, and that is we shouldn't roll back Wall Street reforms that are making consumers and the economy a lot more secure."

"Financial reform is the big issue…but not the gaffe," the First Lady chimed in.

The president also dismissed former Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin's suggestion on Fox News that the Obama campaign should replace Biden on the ticket with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"We don't spend a lot of time worrying about the chatter and the noise and this and that," the President said. "I'm making conversations with [people on the campaign trail] and, as you've seen, the country isn't as divided with gaffes or some stray remark as Washington is.  Most folks know that's just sort of a WWF wrestling part of politics.  It doesn't mean anything, just fills up a lot of airtime."

ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT will be doing multiple pieces on the Obama romance and their daughters.

 http://www.etonline.com/news/124235_President_Obama_Weighs_in_on_Romney_Attack/index.html 


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