Romney: Obama Is Like Marie Antoinette
He's out of touch with regular Americans, Romney argues
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2011 1:32 AM CST
In this Dec. 27, 2011 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, left, and his wife Ann greet supporters after a campaign stop in Davenport, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

(Newser) – In Iowa yesterday, Mitt Romney attempted to turn around a common complaint about himself and use it against Barack Obama, accusing the president of being out of touch. Referring to Obama's statement last year that "things would have been a lot worse" without his stimulus plan, Romney told the Huffington Post, "When the president's characterization of our economy was, 'It could be worse,' it reminded me of Marie Antoinette: 'Let them eat cake.' This is not a time to be talking about, 'It could be worse.' It's a time to recognize that things should be better."

While in Iowa, Romney unveiled plans for an aggressive final push before Tuesday's caucuses, the Washington Post notes. He is looking for a victory, and despite the fact that Ron Paul continues to do well in the polls and Rick Santorum is rising, the Post notes that Romney's campaign infrastructure outstrips the rest. Now is a good time for him to break out the big guns, as the latest shake-up in Iowa has left him in his best position in the state so far. Click for more from Romney's campaign bus interview with the Huffington Post, in which he acknowledged he is "all in" in Iowa.

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Dec 31, 2011 8:20 AM CST
Less is more. In this case, Mr. Romney needs to follow that tenet. Translation, if you cannot say something nice, don't utter anything at all. I'll say this for George W. Bush; in public, he did not bash and say ridiculous things like this. He did do much - both good and bad - but he kept his mouth shut/would not stoop to the level of this type of nonsense.
Dec 31, 2011 2:57 AM CST
When I see this weak field of Republican candidates, it makes me wonder if the Republicans believe that Obama is going to win re-election! I mean seriously, is this the best they can come up with?
Dec 30, 2011 1:58 PM CST
It's difficult to determine who is the most disgusting wannabe Repug.