Obama goes on the offensive

Barack Obama in Cannon Falls. Photo: Kathy Easthagen for the Minnesota Independent

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is taking heat from both his GOP opponents and President Barack Obama, who called him out on his science stance during a campaign fundraiser Sunday evening.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney circulated a press memo Monday morning entitled, “Illegal Immigration Imitation: Rick Perry and Barack Obama the same on illegal immigration.” The note highlights statements made by both Perry and Obama that show support for offering in-state tuition to young people in the country illegally and as being critical of use of a fence along the nation’s southern border.

But even as Romney’s campaign team was building its case to tie Perry and Obama on immigration, President Obama was taking his own swipes at the Texas governor during a California fundraiser, saying Perry is an executive “whose state is on fire, denying climate change.” Obama also took note of the audience reactions at recent GOP presidential debates that called for a young uninsured man’s death and booing an actively serving member of the military.

“You’ve got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don’t have health care and booing a service member in Iraq because he’s gay,” Obama said.

“That’s not reflective of who we are.”

Citizens who continue to believe in a “fact-based” America, he added, should be working for his reelection.

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