Mitt Romney, who has faced an onslaught of attacks from the Obama campaign on his record in the private sector including suggestions that he is a felon, demanded an apology and said that it was disappointing strategy.
“What kind of president would have a campaign that says something like that about the nominee of another party? This is reckless and absurd on his part, and it’s something that’s beneath his dignity,” Romney said in an interview with CBS. “I hope he recognizes that even fellow Democrats have said that. Look, the President needs to talk about the direction he’d take the country and stop these kinds of ads and attacks that are so disparate from what the American people want to talk about.”
Democrats have spent weeks blasting Romney as an outsourcer, questioning why he has yet to release additional tax returns, and suggesting that he has misrepresented his tenure at Bain.
Romney sat for five different interviews that will air Friday night on CNN, ABC, NBC, FOX and CBS, amid calls from Republicans that he get tougher on Obama and address questions about his Bain record and tax returns.
The Romney campaign has said that the accusations from the Obama campaign are dishonest distractions, and a new television ad deployed then Sen. Hillary Clinton circa 2008 to criticize Obama.
In his interviews Romney framed Obama as stooping to a new low by smearing his record and trying to distract from the economy.
Asked about his taxes on CNN, Romney said that more information would be released.
“We’ll put out the next year of tax returns as soon as the accountants have that ready. And that’s what we’re going to put out. I know there will always be calls for more,” Romney said in an interview on CNN. “People always want to get more. And, you know, we’re putting out what is required plus more that is not required. And those are the two years that people are going to have. And that’s — that’s all that’s necessary for people to understand something about my finances.”