As campaign resumes, Obama says Romney attacks ‘distort’ record

President Obama slammed his opponent Mitt Romney on Monday night, accusing the presumptive GOP nominee of trying to "distort my vision."

The attack, which came three days after both candidates took an extended timeout because of the Colorado theater shooting, signaled that the presidential-campaign slugfest has resumed. 

"Frankly, the other side can't sell their ideas, so what they're going to do is distort my vision," Obama told a fundraising crowd in Oakland, Calif., during a three-day swing to the West Coast. 

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"Earlier today, Gov. Romney was at it again," Obama continued, to booing from the crowd. "Knowingly twisting my words to suggest I don't value small business. In politics, we all tolerate a certain amount of spin. I understand those are the games that get played in political campaigns. Although, when folks, like, omit entire sentences of what you said, they start kind of splicing and dicing, you may have gone a little over the edge there.”

In a meeting with small-business owners earlier in the day, Romney blasted Obama for not holding meetings with his jobs council for six months. He also mocked Obama for his recent "you didn't build that" comment, slamming the president for trying to insinuate that business owners needed help from the government and didn't earn their success by themselves.


On Monday, Romney stood before a sign reading "We Did Build It!"

Obama's senior strategist David Axelrod also went on the offensive earlier in the day, attacking Romney on his record at private equity firm Bain Capital and his income taxes, writing on Twitter, "When it comes to secrecy, Mitt takes the gold!"