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President Obama’s re-election team is battling Mitt Romney on his home turf this morning, going head to head with the rival campaign on the steps of the Massachusetts State House. Obama’s senior campaign strategist David Axelrod is holding a press conference in front of the statehouse this morning., where he is expected to go after Romney’s record as governor of Massachusetts, opening up a new front against Obama’s Republican rival.
The press conference, which will also feature Bay State Democrats, is a theatrical move that will likely draw attention away from the campaign’s controversial assault on Bain Capital. The Obama camp has been rolling out the new attack line since last night, releasing a five-page memo from Axelrod, as well as a four-minute online video that features Massachusetts lawmakers describing how Romney increased fees, increased the state debt, and failed to create jobs during his one term as governor.
The Romney campaign actually seems kind of excited about the prospect of battling Obama’s top attack dog on their turf. Massachusetts Republicans held a dueling press conference earlier this morning to accuse Obama of trying to divert attention from his own failed record. BuzzFeed’s Zeke Miller reports from the scene that Romney staffers and local Republicans are now in a chant battle with Obama supporters on the statehouse steps. Some Romney aides are apparently even blowing bubbles.
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