No More Mr. Nice Mitt: Obama Is 'Angry, Desperate'
Ratchets up attacks in Ohio
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 15, 2012 6:49 AM CDT
Updated Aug 15, 2012 7:39 AM CDT
The Ohio state flag flies in the background while Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event at the Ross County Court House, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012 in Chillicothe, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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(Newser) – At a campaign stop in Ohio last night, Mitt Romney turned up the heat on President Obama. Reflecting on Joe Biden's "chains" remark in Virginia, Romney told 5,000 listeners, "This is what an angry and desperate presidency looks like." He went on to call Obama's campaign a "disgrace," asserting that its strategy is "to smash America apart and then try to cobble together 51% of the pieces. If an American president wins that way, we all lose.”

Romney hammered Obama for trading "hope and change" for demonization and pandering. He urged the crowd to "ask one more person to join us who supported President Obama four years ago and didn’t get the change they deserved and they were promised," Romney said, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Obama campaign rejected the attacks, saying Romney's comments "seemed unhinged." So much for the substantive debate we were supposed to see following the Paul Ryan pick, the Washington Post notes.