The Obama team hopes the push — coupled with new, encouraging jobs numbers released on Friday — can reset the race after the candidates’ first showdown gave new vitality to the Romney campaign and left Team Obama reeling.
Surrogates for the Obama campaign have challenged Romney on claims the Republican candidate made during the campaign, and on Friday, Obama’s team released a series of five web videos lashing out at what they call “blatant falsehoods.”
“Mitt Romney didn’t tell the American people the truth on Wednesday night,” an Obama campaign official said. “He lied his way through the debate because he knows his ideas would hurt the middle class. Romney doesn’t want to be held accountable for wht he’s been saying for the last year because he knows that voters don’t want what he’s selling.”
Ultimately, the hope is the effort — which attacks Romney on everything from his tax plan and Medicare to clean energy — will gain traction and hurt Romney as he makes his final arguments in the campaign and heads into the second presidential debate.
“I think it’s pretty obvious it was a one-sided performance, and Obama is now looking to make the rebuttal he somehow managed to avoid making on stage,” said Shanto Iyengar, a professor of political science at Stanford University.