The Obama campaign swung back at Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney yesterday in response to remarks from the contender that if he were elected, he would not remove the mention of God from American currency.
“The president believes as much that God should be taken off a coin as he does that aliens will attack Florida,” stated Obama spokesperson Jen Psaki.
“Look, this is nothing more than a desperate attack based on a false premise by the Romney team, and it’s sad that the debate has been driven to this level of discourse,” she continued. “It’s an absurd question to be raised.”
Psaki was referring to Romney’s speech in Virginia Beach this past Saturday when he took aim at the Democratic party for removing the mention of God from the party platform.
“I will not take God out of the name of our platform,” Romney declared to a gathering at a military museum, evoking applause from the audience. “I will not take God off our coins and I will not take God out of my heart. We’re a nation that’s bestowed by God.”
As previously reported, last week, Democrats restored the mention of God to the party platform after former governor Ted Strickland, a Methodist, proposed an amendment that would insert “God” and “Jerusalem” back into the text of the belief statement. However, much to the confusion of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who presided over the voice vote, delegates were just as strongly opposed to reinstating the mentions as they were in favor of them. He took the vote three times in order to determine if the measure passed or failed, and even after announcing that the motion was adopted and that the platform would be amended, delegates booed and shook their head in disapproval.
“It was a lot of ado about nothing,” Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa told the LA Times on Friday. “Not one person objected [to how I called the vote]. It’s more a media concern than a delegate concern.”
“We believe in a nation under God,” Romney stated Saturday following the convention. “And for that to happen, we’re going to have to have a new president that will commit to getting America working again; that will commit to a strong military; that will commit to a nation under God that recognizes that we the American people were given our rights not by government, but by God himself.”
Among those attending the rally in support of Romney, a Mormon, included Pat Robertson of the 700 Club. According to reports, Robertson commented on his international television broadcast this past week that the Democratic party is “the party of gays, Godlessness and whatever else.” He also outlined his justification for supporting Romney, who advocates homosexual adoption and exceptions to outlawing abortion, by stating, “You don’t have Jesus running.”
White House press secretary Jay Carney chimed in along with Psaki in defense of the Democratic party yesterday, remarking that “there’s a period when the argument is not going your way… and you begin to see random issues thrown up like spaghetti against the wall to see if anything can stick.”
Obama and Romney continue on the campaign trail this week with less than 60 days to go until the election.