Mitt Romney gave a no-nonsense speech to roughly 5,000 supporters in Ohio on Tuesday, and the Obama campaign responded by, essentially, calling him a liar and a lunatic.
Campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt said: “Governor Romney's comments tonight seemed unhinged, and particularly strange coming at a time when he's pouring tens of millions of dollars into negative ads that are demonstrably false.”
The campaign's wild response could also be a reaction to how favorably the speech was received. Buzzfeed said it was one of the most "hard-edged" of the campaign, and RightScoop described it as "the most hard-hitting yet inspirational speech" Romney has given to date.
Watch the Buzzfeed clip below to see Romney "unhinged," in the words of the Obama campaign:
In addition to slamming the president's policy on coal, Romney added:
"This is an election in which we should be talking about the path ahead, but you don't hear any answers coming from President Obama's re-election campaign. That's because he's intellectually exhausted, out of ideas, and out of energy. And so his campaign has resorted to diversions and distractions, to demagoguing and defaming others. The president is taking things to a new low. His campaign and his surrogates have made wild and reckless accusations that disgrace the office of the presidency. Another outrageous charge just came a few hours ago in Virginia, and the White House sinks a little bit lower. This is what an angry and desperate presidency looks like.
President Obama knows better, promised better, and America deserves better. Over the last four years, Obama has pushed Republicans and Democrats about as far apart as they can go, and now he and his allies are pushing us all even further apart by dividing us into groups. He demonizes some; he panders to others. His campaign strategy is to smash America apart, and then try to cobble together 51% of the pieces. If an American president wins that way, we would all lose...but he won't win that way."
"So Mr. President, take your campaign of division, and anger, and hate back to Chicago, and let us get about rebuilding and reuniting America." [Emphasis added]
Romney adviser Kevin Madden told Buzzfeed: "It's important to point out just how far President Obama has wandered from his hope and change rhetoric...It's become so clear, too, that it was just rhetoric, just idle words with no meaning."
(H/T: Weasel Zippers)