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On campaign trail, Team Obama is slinging bull

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Byron York

President Obama and spokesman Jay Carney are using increasingly pungent language to express their disdain for the positions of Mitt Romney and the Republicans party.  On Thursday, the president referred to part of a Romney speech as a "cow pie," while the day before Carney called a Republican position on the debt "BS."

Obama, who is facing a spate of stories that his campaign is faltering, offered his critical judgment in a speech Thursday at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.  The president dismissed Romney's argument, made in an Iowa speech a few days before, that the United States is becoming consumed by debt.  "Now, I know Gov. Romney came to Des Moines last week," Obama said.  "Warned about a 'prairie fire of debt.'  That's what he said.  But he left out some facts.  His speech was more like a cow pie of distortion."

Carney made his statement in a meeting with reporters on board Air Force One.  The press secretary recommended journalists read a MarketWatch column entitled "Obama Spending Binge Never Happened," which outlines an emerging Democratic talking point that the president, under whose administration the national debt increased $5 trillion in less than a single term, is not in fact a big spender.

"I simply make the point, as an editor might say, to check it out," Carney said.  "Do not buy into the BS that you hear about spending and fiscal constraint with regard to this administration."

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