Mitt Romney is condemning Democratic strategists for planning an array of attacks on his character in order to bring him down in a general election.
The former Massachusetts governor took particular exception with a quote from an unnamed Democrat in a Politico story on the strategy, who said that “Unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments, he will have to kill Romney.” The person’s connection to the White House was left vague, however — the article merely described them as “aligned” with the re-election campaign.
“It is disgraceful that President Obama’s campaign has launched his re-election with the stated goal to ‘kill’ his opponent with an onslaught of negative and personal attacks,” Romney said in a statement. “President Obama will say and do desperate things to hold onto power because he knows he has failed. Neither despicable threats, nor President Obama’s billion dollar negative campaign, will put Americans back to work, save their homes, or restore their hopes. On November 6, 2012, this will change.”
The article in question listed a number of vulnerabilities Democrats hoped to exploit, most of which have already been raised in the press in recent weeks: Romney’s awkwardness on the campaign trail, his reputation for changing positions, and his professional background as a high-powered executive at Bain Capital.
Benjy Sarlin is a reporter for Talking Points Memo and co-writes the campaign blog, TPM2012. He previously reported for The Daily Beast/Newsweek as their Washington Correspondent and covered local politics for the New York Sun.