The Republican National Committee swift response team sprang into action and have released a web video that takes the president to task for his comment that “you can’t change Washington from the inside.”
The minute-long ad uses clips from Obama’s 2008 campaign, in which the president repeatedly says his campaign is about changing the culture of Washington, D.C., and contrasts them with comments the president made at a Univision forum Thursday.
Obama made the statement while responding to a question about his biggest failures in his first term.
“I’ve learned some lessons,” Obama said. “Most important is you can’t change Washington from inside, only from the outside. That’s how some of our biggest accomplishments like healthcare got done — mobilizing the American people.”
Obama added that in a second term, “I want to concentrate having a much more constant conversation with the American people so they can put pressure on Congress to move issues forward.”
The web video immediately transitions to Republican nominee Mitt Romney blasting the president’s remarks from the campaign trail on Thursday afternoon.
“He said he can’t change Washington from the inside, he can only change it from the outside,” Romney says. “Well, we’ll give him that chance in November.”