CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Campaigning his way toward the Democratic National Convention, President Barack Obama slapped a “Romney doesn’t care” label on his rival’s health-care views Sunday and said Republicans want to repeal new protections for millions without offering a plan of their own.
Vice President Joe Biden swiftly broadened the attack, accusing Republicans of seeking to undermine the decades-old federal program millions of seniors rely on for health care. “We are for Medicare. They are for voucher care,” he said.
Amanda Henneberg, a spokeswoman for the Romney campaign, said, “It is outrageous and offensive for President Obama to suggest that the majority of Americans who oppose Obamacare do not care about Americans suffering with serious, long-term medical conditions.”
She said Romney believes his own plan would “replace Obamacare with patient-centered reforms, which include multiple elements to help those with pre-existing conditions, will better achieve the affordable access to high-quality health care that the American people actually want.”
As for Biden’s remarks, the Romney campaign also renewed its criticism of Obama for cutting projected Medicare spending by more than $700 billion as part of the health-care law.
The president and vice president campaigned separately across three battleground states as delegates descended on the Democrats’ convention city for two days of partying before their first official meeting Tuesday in the Time Warner Cable Arena.
Romney spent Sunday at his Wolfeboro, N.H., vacation home, leaving only to attend church services with his wife, Ann.
Aides said he would spend much of the Democrats’ convention week preparing for three fall debates with Obama, beginning on Oct. 3.
Running mate Paul Ryan was booked into North Carolina, counterprogramming the Democratic convention rhetoric.