As he and Governor Mitt Romney have done often this campaign season, President Obama spoke with local media affiliates yesterday. In an interview with New Hampshire's WMUR-TV, the President was asked whether it's unpatriotic for someone to have a Swiss bank account. His answer? If you are running for president, it's important "that the American people know who you are and what you've done and that you're an open book." The President continued, "that's been true of every presidential candidate dating back to Mr. Romney's father."
The President appears to be referring to the tactic of attacking Governor Romney's reported offshore holdings. It's a message Democrats have pushed before, and which re-emerged this past weekend after Friday's disappointing jobs numbers (some reports suggest the rhetoric shift was designed to avoid emphasizing the jobs report, which is seen as politically damaging for the President).
This morning, one of the voices leading the charge against Romney, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, will join NOW to explain the strategy. One question that comes to mind: With Team Romney raising far more than Team Obama for the second month in a row, is it a winning strategy? Share your thoughts with us on the blog, Twitter, and Facebook.
Kurt Andersen, Author, “True Believers” (@kbandersen)
Joan Walsh, Salon.com/MSNBC Political Analyst (@joanwalsh)
Steve Kornacki, Salon.com/MSNBC Contributor (@stevekornacki)
Ari Berman, Political Correspondent, The Nation (@ariberman)
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), DNC Chair (@dwstweets)
Ezra Klein, The Washington Post/MSNBC Policy Analyst (@ezraklein)