A new memo from President Obama's re-election campaign suggests that the Obama team has decided on some of the key strategies it will use through 2012. One major theme will be arguing that the GOP presidential candidates, especially front runners Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, and Mitt Romney, the former of governor of Massachusetts, have moved far out of the mainstream.
"From economics to immigration, Governor Perry, Governor Romney and the Republican field have embraced policies that the American people oppose," says an E-mail sent to reporters and other "interested parties" from campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt this morning. "The campaign to win the Republican nomination has become a campaign to win the hearts and minds of the Tea Party. They would return to policies that have been tried before and done nothing to improve economic security for the middle class, rewarding special interests who can afford to pay for lobbyists instead of looking out for working families."
LaBolt goes on to cite polls showing that the Republican position on issues is out of sync with most voters' and that Obama's views are widely popular. Among the examples: Seventy-three percent of Americans "support ensuring that people who make over a million dollars a year pay the same percentage of taxes on their total income as those who make less," LaBolt says, referring to a cornerstone of Obama's economic proposals. LaBolt adds that 57 percent of Americans "oppose replacing Medicare with a system in which government vouchers would be used to help pay for health insurance," a position taken by many House Republicans that "the Republican [presidential] candidates have embraced."
LaBolt describes his E-mail as the start of "a series of periodic memos about the state of the campaign." For another analysis and the complete memo,