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New Obama ad mocks ‘out of touch’ Romney

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s campaign savagely mocked Mitt Romney as “out of touch” with ordinary Americans Wednesday with a web video featuring a highlight reel of the Republican’s gaffes.

The move came as Romney, a multi-millionaire former venture capitalist, argues that it is Obama that has lost touch with the economic pain stalking the US heartland, and as each candidate tries to outdo the other in professing deep empathy with the middle-class.

“Mitt Romney is trying to call the president out of touch — but the reality is Romney can’t hide his out-of-touch policies behind hypocritical rhetoric,” the Obama campaign said in a news release.

The video features a list of Romney’s missteps, including such comments as “corporations are people,” “I like being able to fire people,” and “I’m also unemployed.”

The video was released as a row rumbles over Obama’s comment last week that the private sector was doing “fine,” which Romney used to portray Obama as oblivious to the true state of the slowing US economic recovery.

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Romney and Obama are fighting for the votes of middle-class Americans in a clutch of swing states that could decide November’s election. Being seen as “in touch” with the plight of struggling voters is crucial for both campaigns.

The latest Obama campaign web offensive came on the eve of a key speech by the president in the swing state of Ohio, laying out the economic choice for voters he sees represented in his struggle with Romney.

The former Massachusetts governor on Wednesday issued a prebuttal of Obama’s remarks, saying that the president would acknowledge that the economy was not going well, but would ask for four more White House years anyway.

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“My own view is that he will speak eloquently but that words are cheap and that the record of an individual is the basis upon which you determine whether they should continue to hold onto their job,” Romney said.

“The reason it has taken so long for this recovery to gain traction and to put people back to work is in large measure because of the policy choices the president made,” Romney said.

“He is not responsible for whatever improvement we might be seeing, instead he is responsible for the fact that it’s taken so long to see this recovery and the recovery is so tepid.”


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Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’

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On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.

As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.

Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:

1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."

Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR

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British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate

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Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.

The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.

In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.

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Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6

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President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.

Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.

Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.

— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019

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