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Sweet blog special: Romney calls Obama "Osama." Obama camp deplores his "fear-mongering." Jesse Jackson Jr. tapes S.C. spot. UPDATE WITH OBAMA COMMENT ON MITT.


MERRIMACK, N.H.--While Obama is speaking in a living room here, these other developments are brewing Tuesday:

*Obama campaign responds to GOP contender Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, calling him "Osama." In a few hours Obama stumps in Boston with Massachusett Gov. Deval Patrick. We'll see if he has comments for the former governor.

Asked about this by reporters Obama said, "I don't pay too much attention to Mitt Romney."

*Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), who has been traveling as an Obama surrogate, cut his first ad for Obama. The spot is playing in South Carolina, where the African-American vote can make the difference.

text of Obama react to Romney..

"Apparently, Mitt Romney can switch names just as casually as he switches positions, but what's wrongheaded is continuing a misguided war in Iraq that has left America less safe. It's time to end the divisiveness and fear-mongering that is at the heart of Governor Romney's campaign," said campaign spokesman Bill Burton.

In case you missed it, check out what Romney had to say in South Carolina today:

NYT (The Caucus): Romney Makes Obama-Osama Gaffe
By Michael Luo

Updated GREENWOOD, S.C. — Mitt Romney might have still been a bit bleary-eyed this morning when he twice confused Senator Barack Obama with Osama bin Laden when referring to the latter’s new recorded message.

Mr. Romney was talking about global trade this morning, rolling out a spiffy new PowerPoint presentation before the Chamber of Commerce here in which he called for the United States to initiate global free trade zone agreements with other countries that he called the “Reagan Zone of Economic Freedom.”

But he paused to talk about the threat of radical Islam, taking John Edwards, one of his Democratic opponents, to task for comments he made several months ago that criticized the “global war on terror” as a bumper sticker for President Bush.

“I think that is a position which is not consistent with the fact,” Mr. Romney said. “Actually, just look at what Osam — uh — Barack Obama, said just yesterday. Barack Obama calling on radicals, jihadists of all different types, to come together in Iraq. That is the battlefield. That is the central place, he said. Come join us under one banner.”

The comment set off some confusion among the press corps. Glen Johnson of the Associated Press was momentarily frantically searching for comments made by Mr. Obama, another Democratic presidential contender, about jihadism and Iraq.

It turns out, of course, Mr. Romney was talking about the new audiotape from bin Laden calling on insurgents in Iraq to unite.


Bill Burton for the Obama campaign sent this response, when asked for comment:

“Apparently, Mitt Romney can switch names just as casually as he switches positions, but what’s wrong-headed is continuing a misguided war in Iraq that has left America less safe. It’s time to end the
divisiveness and fear-mongering that is at the heart of Governor Romney’s campaign.”


Mittens (Hair like Gov. Perry) Romney Knows what he is saying, if he get this confused during a campaign, just imagine how confused he would be in the White House, he's a GW Bush clone.

Oh, give me a break. This ain't news.

Mitt Griswold put his dog in a cage on the luggage carrier on the roof of the family car.

Way past the middle of the last century, the guy worshipped in a faith that labored under the assumption that Africans bore the Biblical curse of Cain in the form of black skin.

It's just who Romney is - an idiot. Nothing this idiot does should shock anyone anymore.

Let's move on, please.

It is unforgivable that a candidate for President should confuse the name Barack Obama with Osama Bin Laden. Simply no excuse.

If after all this time campaigning Romney still confuses bin Laden with Barack Obama then Romney is not mentally equipped to be President.

Campaigning is tough for people like Mitt Romney. While extremely intelligent, he doesn't like people and he's a poor actor.
And really, why should we expect Romney to be able to discern between any two people of color, especially if they're the same gender? He's probably spent time with less than a dozen in his lifetime.
A few at Stanford, a few at Harvard...
He's understandably afraid of people of color, knowing so little about us.
A classic press conference was the day he ceremonially handed his job over to Patrick. Watching him try to act "natural" around a successful black man... so sad. "You're going to love this job. You know, politics is like sports for old men. Ha ha."
I should add, Romney's not a very good actor either, so we can definitely expect more flubbed lines in the coming months.
My new favorite Romney quote--He was asked to respond to Bob Jones's comment about endorsing Romney, that Jones would "rather endorse someone whose religion is wrong than somebody who doesn't have any religion at all."
Romney's response was classic. Explaining that he and Bob Jones share a lot of values, he said: "We love this country. We love families. We want marriage before babies." I guess they'll be coming to Massachusetts for that wedding.

Further proof that we don't need another complete idiot in the White House. Especially another stuck up GOP moron.

mitt romney is despicable. this whole deal is completely ridiculous and every person in that audience, and all future ones as well, oughtta know that he's only trying to get into their heads. he thinks he's fooling people, playin em like pawns. and if he misspoke that outrageously, on several occasions, he doesn't have the focus or mental capacity to be an effective president of the united states. but he didn't misspeak -- he's transparent, just like rudy and his pitiful cellphone breaks on the stump. what a buncha clowns. and shame on anybody for fallin for it.

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