Mitt Romney hit back hard at President Barack Obama’s “voting is the best revenge” comment with a different directive: “Vote for love of country.”
“He asked his supporters to vote for revenge,” Romney said during a rally Friday in remarks that were quickly turned into a campaign ad. “Instead I ask the American people to vote for love of country.”
Romney and running mate Paul Ryan also each worked some variation of Obama’s comment into speeches Saturday in the final sprint to Election Day on Tuesday.
Obama made the remark in Ohio Friday after his supporters booed a mention of Romney.
“Don’t boo, vote!” Obama said. “Vote! Voting’s the best revenge.”
Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki told pool reporters Saturday that Obama had been in a state where Romney had used “scare tactics” in a television ad “frightening workers in Ohio into thinking, falsely, that they’re not going to have a job.”
“The message he was sending is if you don’t like the policies, if you don’t like the plan that Governor Romney is putting forward, if you think that’s a bad deal for the middle class, then you can go to the voting booth and cast your ballot,” she said.