Appearing on Fox & Friends this morning, Gov. Mitt Romney went on offense as he barreled into President Barack Obama’s ethics. Gov. Romney tore into the deadly Fast and Furious scandal, saying “If we want to talk about transparency, the real issue is, why has this president used his presidential power and executive privilege to keep the information about the Fast and Furious program from being explained to the American people?”
Gov. Romney also zeroed in on what he dubbed “political payoffs” to supporters by the administration, using taxpayer dollars.
FOX NEWS’ STEVE DOOCY: “I read in the Washington Post this morning that you want to draw attention to Obama’s political payoffs versus the middle class layoffs where you say, if you are a donor to the Obama camp you are going to do just fine. However if you are in the middle class Governor, your camp says, you got to worry about your job.”
GOV. ROMNEY: “There is no question but that when billions upon billions of dollars are given by the Obama Administration to the businesses of campaign contributors, that is a real problem particularly at a time when the middle class is really suffering in this country. I don’t know whether you watched over the weekend, the report that was in The New York Times about families really struggling particularly those that are single parents that are just having a hard time making ends meet. This is a tough time for the people of America. But if you are a campaign contributor to Barack Obama, your business may stand to get billions of dollars or hundreds of millions of dollars in cash from the government. I think it’s wrong. I think it stinks to high heaven and I think the administration has to explain how it is they would consider giving money to campaign contributors’ businesses.”
Romney is referring to the numerous failed “green” companies in which the Obama administration has invested billions of taxpayer dollars, which turned out to be run by those who have contributed to Obama’s campaigns, and which later failed. Solyndra, Ener1, and NRG Energy Inc. are just a few of the failed Obama “greendoggles” that have wasted taxpayer money in the tens of billions.
Gov. Romney is campaigning in swing state Pennsylvania today, while his campaign is rolling out its new ad hitting President Obama’s political payoffs during a time the middle class faces layoffs. Romney’s new offensive follows a week in which the Obama campaign pounded his work at Bain Capital and the Salt Lake City Olympics, even suggesting that Romney might be a felon. Democrats Ed Rendell and Lanny Davis have admitted that the Obama campaign’s attacks probably went too far.