By Amie Parnes - 09/27/12 05:33 PM EDT
President Obama slammed Mitt Romney in a speech on Thursday, saying the Republican nominee is trying to “reboot” his presidential campaign “every few days.”
In a speech in Hampton Roads, Va., Obama continued to accuse Romney of proposing economic plans that don't “add up” and running a sputtering presidential campaign.
“They don't say how you’d pay for $5 trillion in tax cuts that are skewed towards the wealthy without raising taxes on middle-class families. They don't explain how you'd spend two trillion [dollars] more on military spending that our military hasn't asked for without having you foot the bill,” Obama said.
Echoing former President Clinton's remarks at the Democratic National Convention, Obama said, “The math doesn't add up.”
And he sought to paint Romney, once again, as an out-of-touch millionaire who has no qualms paying a lower tax rate than working-class Americans.
“My opponent thinks it’s fair that somebody who makes $20 million a year like him pays a lower rate than a cop or a teacher who makes $50,000,” he said. “Look, I just disagree. I don't think that's fair.”
During his speech, Obama called for a “new economic patriotism,” a phrase he also used in a two-minute ad released earlier in the day in which he speaks directly into the camera while describing his economic policy positions to early voters who will file ballots this week.
“You know during campaign season, you always hear a lot about patriotism. Well you know what? It's time for a new economic patriotism,” Obama said to applause at the rally. “Economic patriotism rooted in the belief that growing our economy begins with a strong and thriving middle class.
“I won't pretend that getting there is easy,” he added. “The truth is it's going to take a few more years to solve challenges that were building up over decades. But I want everyone here to understand: Our problems can be solved, our challenges will be met.”