Lindsey Boerma @ CBS News:
In his latest broadside against President Obama, Mitt Romney on Thursday characterized a remark by the president that “you can’t change Washington from the inside” as an acknowledgment of weakness – a charge that Obama’s campaign said was “wildly” out of context.
Appearing at a forum sponsored by the Spanish-language network Univision on the heels of Romney’s earlier appearance, Obama reflected on his inability to change the tone in Washington.
“I think that I’ve learned some lessons over the last four years, and the most important lesson I’ve learned is that you can’t change Washington from the inside, you can only change it from the outside,” Obama said. “That’s how I got elected, and that’s how the big accomplishments like health care got done – [it] was because we mobilized the American people to speak out. That’s how we were able to cut taxes for middle-class families.”
Romney, campaigning in Sarasota, said that his rival “threw in the white flag of surrender again. He said he can’t change Washington from inside, he can only change it from outside.”
“Well, we are going to give him that chance in November — he is going outside,” Romney said. “I can change Washington; I will change Washington. We will get the job done from the inside. Republicans and Democrats will come together. He can’t do it. His slogan was ‘Yes we can.’ His slogan now is ‘No, I can’t.’”