President Obama's campaign went on the attack against the cream of the Republican field for holding extreme views in memo to "interested parties" Monday that provides a window on the re-election strategy.
The document argues that GOP frontrunners, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney have embraced views on Social Security and immigration that vast majorities of the American people oppose.
“The campaign to win the Republican nomination has become a campaign to win the hearts and minds of the Tea Party,” writes Ben LaBolt, press secretary for Obama’s re-election. “They would return to policies that have been tried before and done nothing to improve economic security for the middle class, rewarding special interests who can afford to pay for lobbyists instead of looking out for working families.”
It notes that Perry has compared Social Security to a "Ponzi scheme" fraud and argued that it is unconstitutional and that retirement plans should be left to the states. Romney has come out hard against a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants; the memo says that 64 percent of Americans support such a policy.
In general, all the GOP candidates favor the wealthy over the middle class. Here is a full copy of the memo.