Obama calls GOP criticism over Medicare 'dishonest'


Associated Press

Posted on August 15, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 15 at 5:01 PM

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — President Barack Obama is calling the latest criticism from Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan "dishonest."

Romney and Ryan have accused Obama of raiding more than $700 billion from the Medicare trust fund to help pay for his health care overhaul. Obama told a crowd in Iowa today that he has "strengthened Medicare." He says his Republican rivals are "throwing everything at the wall to see if this sticks."

Obama didn't respond directly to Romney's charges that Obama's campaign is driven by "division and attack and hatred" and that he "would do anything in his power" to remain in office.

But Michelle Obama defended her husband as she introduced him at a rally in Dubuque, saying "we all know what he stands for."

The first lady has joined the president for the last day of his three-day bus tour of Iowa.

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182-w-35-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent, with President Obama)--President Obama is battling back against Mitt Romney's charges that he's been raiding funds from Medicare. AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports. (15 Aug 2012)

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194-a-11-(President Obama, in campaign rally)-"their prescription drugs (applause fades)"-President Obama says he's strengthened Medicare, not cut it as the GOP ticket is charging. (15 Aug 2012)

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197-a-08-(President Obama, in campaign rally)-"about my plan"-President Obama says the GOP is just playing fast and loose with the facts. (15 Aug 2012)

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195-a-11-(President Obama, in campaign rally)-"by a dime"-President Obama says Mitt Romney's charge of cutting Medicare to fund Obamacare is "dishonest." (15 Aug 2012)

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APPHOTO IACN106: President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive at a campaign stop at the Alliant Energy Amphitheater, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, in Dubuque, Iowa. The president is on a three-day campaign bus tour through the state. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (15 Aug 2012)

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