Decision 2012: Obama Calls Republican Social Agenda A "Rerun"
As the Democrats count down to the start of their big convention in North Carolina Tuesday, President Barack Obama has been on the offensive, pushing back against the Republicans' convention message. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.
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For those who missed the Republican convention in Tampa, Fla. last week, President Barack Obama told a Colorado crowd on Sunday he had a recap.
"What they offered over those three days was an agenda that was better suited for the last century," said Obama. "It was a rerun. It could have been on Nick At Nite."
For the second day in a row, Obama, currently on a four-day, four-state campaign swing--called the Republicans ideas retreads, comparing them to trickle-down economics.
The president also told supporters at the University of Colorado-Boulder that he likes the term "Obamacare" for the health care reform he signed into law in 2010.
"I don't mind if folks think I care. I do care," said Obama. "And I don't know exactly what the other side's proposing. I guess you could call it Romney-Doesn't-Care."
Romney, meanwhile, is hoping for a bump from last week's Republican National Convention. He did not have any public appearances Sunday, but, like Obama, he will be campaigning heavily and pumping tens of millions of dollars worth of ads into a handful of swing states like Ohio, where he spoke Saturday.
His surrogates argued Obama has failed on his promise to turn around the economy.
"I think next week in Charlotte, the president needs to explain why he didn't do what he said he was going to do," Romney senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom said on CNN.
In Charlotte, N.C., last-minute preparations were being made inside the Time Warner Cable Arena, where First Lady Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton will be among the featured speakers once the Democratic National Convention gets underway Tuesday.
Thursday night, the convention moves to Bank of America Stadium for Obama's speech, where the president will try to recapture the excitement he generated among the party faithful at a similar football stadium the last time around in Denver.
Before arriving in Charlotte midweek, Obama has campaign stops scheduled in Ohio and Virginia, with a break Monday to tour damage caused by Hurricane Isaac.
Meanwhile, Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan will be in Greenville, N.C. on Tuesday, about 230 miles from the DNC, hoping to divert some media attention away from the Democrats.