Romney Finally Takes the Gloves Off

Mitt Romney is either newly emboldened by Paul Ryan, his vice presidential running mate, or the presumptive GOP presidential nominee has finally grown a backbone. He’s called out President Barack Obama for what Romney called divisive rhetoric that’s become the hallmark of the Obama presidency and the antithesis of his 2008 campaign themes of unity, hope and change.

“He demonizes some. He panders to others. His campaign strategy is to smash America apart and then cobble together 51 percent of the pieces. If an American president wins that way, we all lose,” Romney said Tuesday in the swing state of Ohio.

More poignantly, the former Massachusetts governor spoke directly to Obama, “Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago, and let us get about rebuilding and reuniting America.”

It is about time Romney fired back.

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(Brian Calle is a columnist and editorial writer for the Orange County Register and editor of CalWatchdog. Originally posted on his blog, Uncommon Ground.)