Seeking to play down the importance of fundraising at this stage in the campaign, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Sunday called Obama’s September fundraising “impressive” and said he did not know whether Romney and the RNC will match it. “I think we all understand this race isn’t going to come down to money,” Priebus said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” adding,“This is going to come down to work on the ground.”
From the Obama campaign, senior advisers hit the Sunday shows in an effort to take the sheen off Romney’s performance at the first presidential debate, saying it was rooted in dishonesty.
Mitt Romney told a rally in Fla. that with gas prices up, incomes down, and millions of people who've lost jobs no longer trying to get new ones, it's clear that President Obama doesn't know how to fix the economy.
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“Governor Romney had a masterful theatrical performance just this past week, but the underpinnings and foundations of that performance were fundamentally dishonest,” Robert Gibbs said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” “Look — he walked away from the central tenet of his economic theory by saying he had no idea what the president was talking about. “
Campaign adviser David Axelrod, on CBS’s “Face The Nation,” said, “I would say that [Romney] was dishonest.”
Aboard Air Force One, the Obama campaign also tried to undercut Romney’s tax proposal. Campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki, using what she called “back-of-the-notecard math,” maintained that the combination of taxes Romney is willing to lower (including income tax rates, the alternative minimum tax, high-income payroll taxes and corporate income tax) add up — with no new off-setting revenues — to $5 trillion in additional debt.
Both candidates are focusing on truthfulness in their latest television ads.
Romney’s campaign unveiled a new ad over the weekend, saying Obama is not telling the truth when he says Romney wants to cut $5 trillion in taxes. The campaign has not said where the ad will run.
Obama’s campaign is running a new ad called “Dishonest,” which says Romney grossly misrepresented his own positions on taxes, as well as Obama’s, during last week’s debate.
On Monday, the president is scheduled to announce the establishment of the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument at the National Chavez Center in Keene, Calif. He is also scheduled to attend two campaign fundraising events in San Francisco. Romney is scheduled to deliver a foreign-policy speech at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington.
Turque reported from Los Angeles. Kindy reported from Washington.