Following a weekend that saw negative campaign ads litter television sets across America, GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney went on the offensive Monday accusing President Obama of running a campaign “based on falsehood and dishonesty.”
“The president only has one thing going, and that is content attacks on me. They’re dishonest. They’re misdirected. And I think the American people recognize that kind of politics as something of the past. It may work in Chicago, but it’s not going to work across America,” Romney said in an interview on “Fox and Friends.” “A campaign based on falsehood and dishonesty does not have long legs.”
Romney, however, has not yet put to rest the questions surrounding his tenure at Bain Capital. Additionally, despite growing pressure from Democrats – and some Republicans – to release more of his personal income tax returns, Romney remains adamant about only releasing returns from the last two years.
“John McCain ran for president and released two years of tax returns. John Kerry ran for president and his wife, who has hundreds of millions of dollars, she never released her tax returns. Somehow this wasn’t an issue,” Romney said.
‘The Obama people keep on wanting more and more and more, more things to pick through, more things for their opposition research to try and make a mountain our of and distort and to be dishonest about.”
Over the weekend, Obama’s senior campaign adviser David Axelrod added pressure on Romney, citing remarks his father George Romney made during the 1968 presidential election season.
“His father said if you release one year, it could be a fluke, it could be just for show,” Axelrod said. “I can only conclude, with all these Republicans asking him to release these returns, that whatever is in those returns would be more damaging to his campaign than simply not releasing them.”