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Obama's 'policy speech' is now an attack video

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney regards yesterday's address to reporters as another "wonky . . . policy speech," but the Obama campaign used it today in a new campaign video attacking Mitt Romney.

The video juxtaposes clips of Romney attacking Obama, followed by rebuttals in the form of clips of the president speaking at the Associated Press luncheon yesterday. The video is entitled "Mitt Romney vs. Reality" and the URL to Obama's splash page calls it the "distortionvid," but Obama does some distorting himself.

The segment dedicated to defending Obama's record on government spending is particularly disingenuous. The Obama campaign shows Romney saying that under Obama, "government spending always increases because...well why not?"

Obama, to counter Romney, is then shown teling the press yesterday that "As President I've eliminated dozens of programs that won't work. And put annual domestic spending on a path to become the smallest share of the economy since Dwight Eisenhower held this office."

Obama's campaign is trying to imply that government spending is not increasing, as Romney suggests. Of course, it's skyrocketing. Obamacare alone is slated to cost $1.76 trillion over the next decade, and Obama is already running trillion-dollar deficits.

For what it's worth, Jay Carney maintained that Obama was not "playing politics" -- as reporters suggested -- in his speech yesterday when he was attacking the Ryan budget. The Obama campaign, however, managed to play politics with that speech even in the moments when Obama wasn't directly referring to Romney or Paul Ryan.

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