Obama huddles with aides as Romney-Ryan go on offense

Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and newly-revealed running mate Rep.Paul Ryan, R-Wis., went on offense as they raised money and introduced the ticket to Virginia, but President Obama will punch back tomorrow.

“Real solutions can be delivered. But, it will take leadership,” Ryan said this morning in Norfolk. “I’m excited for what lies ahead and I’m thrilled to be a part of America’s Comeback Team.” He then continued his three-stop swing through Virginia, visiting Ashland and Manassas while the Romney-Ryan campaign processed at least $2 million in donations today, per an announcement from the Romney team just before 3:30 pm.

Meanwhile — “The president will have his regular weekly political meeting with staff at his Chicago campaign headquarters,” Obama for America spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters today. The meeting lasted three hours, according to the pool report.

His team went on offense immediately. “In Ryan, Romney has selected a running mate best known for designing the extreme GOP budget that would end Medicare as we know it, and — just like Romney’s plan — actually raise taxes on middle-class Americans to pay for an additional $250,000 tax break for millionaires and billionaires,” top Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod wrote in a fundraising email today.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) went even farther with its hit on Ryan, saying he wanted “to kill Medicare” outright.

Another fundraising appeal from DCCC expressed concern about Ryan’s effect on the money wars. “Mitt Romney is going to raise tens of millions of dollars off of the Paul Ryan VP announcement,” DCCC political director Kelly Ward wrote, warning that “the floodgates” are about to open for Romney’s fundraising. “Don’t let them use this moment to beat us.”

Tomorrow, three fundraisers in Chicago will give the president the opportunity to respond to Romney and Ryan — “this is a record of failure,” Ryan said of Obama’s first term — and to keep pace with the Romney-Ryan fundraising this weekend.


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