President Barack Obama hasn’t even given his State of the Union address yet, but Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is already accusing the president of using the speech to “divide our nation.”
Speaking to supporters at a factory in Tampa, Florida Tuesday morning, Romney stood underneath a sign that read “Obama Isn’t Working” and offered what his campaign called a “prebuttal” to the annual speech.
“The unemployed don’t get tickets to sit next the first lady,” the former Massachusetts governor quipped. “Instead, tonight President Obama will make the opening argument in his campaign against a do-nothing Congress. … Instead of solving the housing crisis and getting Americans back to work, President Obama has been building a European-style welfare state. He’s pushed for a second stimulus, deep cuts to our national defense. He’s asking the American people for another trillion dollars, and for another term in office. And with this in mind, he tells people, ‘We can’t wait.’ To which I say, ‘Oh, yes we can.’”
“What’s critical is that we make today Barack Obama’s last State of the Union address,” Romney continued. “Tonight we’re also going to get treated to more divisive rhetoric from a desperate campaigner-in-chief. It’s shameful for a president to use the State of the Union to divide our nation.”
Watch this video from CNN, broadcast Jan. 24, 2012.
(H/T: The Guardian)