President Obama's re-election campaign, along with the Democratic Party, are wrestling with Republican candidate Mitt Romney and the GOP to over the ability to define Obama's record, and the battle is growing more intense by the day.
The Obama campaign released a new seven-minute video Monday entitled "Forward," describing Obama's first three years in office as a time of solid achievements despite considerable adversity.
The video emphasizes what an Obama spokesman calls the president's successful efforts to ameliorate "the worst recession in almost a century" and how he is "reclaiming the security of the middle class and building an economy that's meant to last, where hard work pays and responsibility is rewarded." An Obama spokesman says the video "will serve as an important grass-roots organizing tool through the course of the general election" and will be played live during the president's campaign rallies Saturday in Ohio and Virginia.
At a fund-raiser in McLean, Virginia Sunday night, former President Bill Clinton said Romney would return to the failed GOP economic policies of the past, "on steroids."
The Republican National Committee, which is increasingly coordinating with the Romney campaign, has its own version of the history of Obama's presidency. In a statement to reporters Monday, an RNC spokesman said, "With no record to run on, the Obama campaign is selling the promise of a better tomorrow based on the policies failing us today."
The RNC went on to argue that given a second term, Obama would build up more federal debt, raise taxes and continue to adopt policies that would limit job creation.
GOP leaders are also criticizing the Obama campaign for using the mission that killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden as a political tool. Particularly infuriating to the GOP were remarks by Vice President Joe Biden, who said, "We know what President Obama did. We can't say for certain what Governor Romney would have done." Ariz. Sen. John McCain, who lost to Obama in 2008, called the campaign's tactics regarding the death of bin Laden "sad" and "shameless."