President Obama came out swingin on economic issues today in a speech, in a preview of the showdown we're soon to see as the election heats up.
A particular target of his rhetoric? GOP budgetary darling Paul Ryan, whose plans amount to "Social Darwinism," the President said.
The AP, at whose meeting Obama spoke, had the story:
Obama used his speech, at the annual meeting of The Associated Press, to paint his Republican rivals as protectors of a trickle-down economic philosophy that does not work. He spoke on the day that GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney was expected to move closer to seizing his party's nomination as voters went to the polls in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Obama directly challenged Romney for embracing a $3.5 trillion budget proposal led by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin that was approved by the House last week. Ryan's proposal aims to slash the federal deficit and reduce the size of government. It stands little chance in the Democratic-controlled Senate, yet Obama targeted it as a symbol of the Republican vision for the country.
The president said that instead of moderating their views even slightly, the Republicans running Congress have "doubled down" and proposed a budget so far to the right it makes the "Contract With America" look like the "New Deal."
Watch a great snippet, courtesy of ThinkProgress, in which Obama tears into Romney for supporting the Ryan budget--and then makes himself laugh by mocking Romney: