NEW YORK (AP) — The presidential campaign is looking more and more like a battle of television attack ads, and the parties haven't even had their nominating conventions yet.
Republican challenger Mitt Romney took out after President Barack Obama in an interview broadcast today, saying Obama's campaign is running commercials that perpetuate lies about him. Obama struck back by saying voters should expect to see a lot more negative ads from the Romney camp before the race for the White House is settled.
Romney said on Bill Bennett's "Morning in America" radio show that he doesn't know, in his words, "whatever happened to a campaign of hope and change" that Obama ran four years ago in winning the presidency.
247-v-32-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent)--President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are beating the bushes today for campaign cash. AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports. (9 Aug 2012)
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215-w-35-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent, with Mitt Romney, GOP presidential candidate)--Mitt Romney is accusing President Obama of crossing the line in his latest campaign ads. AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports. (9 Aug 2012)
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202-a-13-(Mitt Romney, Republican presidential candidate, in interview)-"it's really disappointing"-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he expects better from the president than what he's seeing in the campaign. COURTESY: "Bill Bennett's Morning In America on Salem Radio" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (9 Aug 2012)
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072-a-13-(Mitt Romney, Republican presidential candidate, addressing rally)-"this country has"-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says the president's first term makes clear what awaits the country if he's re-elected. (9 Aug 2012)
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The president told a rally in Pueblo, Colo. that the so-called super PACs are gaining influence. And he said voters will see, quote, "more money spent than you have ever seen in your life."