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“We’re making a bet that Americans are more interested in a campaign that’s waged on real ideas – including entitlement reform – and that a substantive campaign conducted on the high ground is going to trump the kind of petty, negative politics that we’re hearing from Barack ObamaBarack ObamaOfficial: Trump 'looking at' future of US sanctions on Russia Lawmakers reintroduce measure to lift Cuba travel restrictions Canada proposes methane pollution standards for oil and gas drilling MORE,” Fehrnstrom said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“They’re really running a campaign without a conscience.”

But Stephanie Cutter, a senior campaign aide for President Obama, shot back that trying to point out what Ryan’s budget means for Medicare and Medicaid was hardly mudslinging. 

Ryan’s budget, Cutter said, was “big, bold and courageous. But I don’t think that’s the prescription the American people are looking for.”

“We’d love to have a substantive debate,” Cutter added. “As of yesterday, Mitt Romney put some substance on the table.”