ABC News’ Devin Dwyer (@devindwyer) reports: Signaling its messaging operation has kicked into gear, the Obama campaign today directly responded to Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann’s bid for the presidency, saying her economic policies would devastate the middle class.
“Congresswoman Bachmann talks about reclaiming the American Dream, but her policies would erode the path to prosperity for middle class families,” Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said in a statement.
“She voted for a budget plan that would extend tax cuts for the richest Americans on the backs of seniors and the middle class while ending Medicare as we know it,” he said. “Congresswoman Bachmann introduced legislation to repeal Wall Street oversight — risking a repeat of the financial crisis — and while she voted to preserve subsidies for oil and gas companies, she opposes making the investments necessary to enhance America’s competitiveness and create the jobs of the future.”
The criticism of Bachmann is the second time in as many weeks that the Obama campaign has directly addressed a member of the 2012 Republican field. Last week, LaBolt responded to Jon Huntsman’s presidential announcement, saying the former Utah governor was “proposing a return to the failed economic policies that led us into the recession."
It also comes a day before Obama heads to battleground Iowa to visit a manufacturing plant and deliver a speech on job creation and the economy.
Today, Bachmann, a three-term Minnesota congresswoman and Tea Party favorite, kicked off her campaign in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, telling supporters “we can’t afford four more years of Barack Obama.”