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Romney to Obama: take campaign of "division and anger and hate back to Chicago"

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WASHINGTON--Mitt Romney said President Barack Obama and his allies are taking the campaign "to a new low," while stumping in Chillicothe, Ohio on Tuesday night and suggested "Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago and let us get about rebuilding and reuniting America."

The Romney camp is pushing back over an ad made by Priorities USA Action, the main Obama SuperPac which blamed Romney for the death of a woman who lacked health insurance after the company her husband worked at--acquired by Bain Capitol--went under. Politifact concluded the ad was false, "Innuendo with no proof
In reaction, Obama campaig National Press Secretary Ben LaBolt released the following statement : "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."

Here's the portion of the Romney speech where he says the Obama team is taking the low road"

From Romney, "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 reelection 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. It's an old game in politics. What's different this year is that the president is taking things to a new low. It wasn't supposed to be this way. His was the campaign of hope and change. He was the candidate who was going to bring a new era to American politics. In 2008, candidate Obama said this, quote, "If you don't have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters."

"He also said this: "If you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from." And then he said this: "You make a big election about small things." That was candidate Obama describing the strategy that is now the heart of his campaign. His campaign and his surrogates have made wild and reckless accusations that disgrace the office of the presidency.

".....Everywhere I go in America there are monuments that list those who have given their lives for liberty. There's no mention of their race, their party affiliation or what they did for a living. They lived and died under a single flag fighting for a single purpose. They pledged allegiance to the United States of America. So Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago and let us get about rebuilding and reuniting America."

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