"We need to send a message to folks who don't seem to get this,… (Ed Andrieski / Associated…)
Even though he spoke moments after Mitt Romney had promised a vigorous challenge against him in the fall, President Obama's message was little changed as he appeared at a Colorado university campus Tuesday night.
Pressing Congress to act to extend lower rates for some student loan programs, Obama used the issue as another example of the competing visions that will be debated in the fall.
"We need to send a message to folks who don't seem to get this, that setting your sights lower -- that's not an education plan. You're on your own -- that's not an economic plan. We can't just cut our way to prosperity," he said at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Obama urged the crowd to send that message to Congress. He left the work of targeting Romney to his campaign team.
In a statement, an Obama spokesman said that Romney's speech to an audience in New Hampshire, titled "A Better America Begins Tonight," should have been called "Back to the Future."
"He has proposed a return to the same policies that got us into the economic crisis in the first place -- forcing the middle class to pay for tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, letting Wall Street write its own rules, and eliminating investments in the security of the middle class," Ben LaBolt said.
He added that after a year on the campaign trail "tearing down the president with a negative message," tonight "marks the end of that monologue" for Romney.
"Now he must put his record and his agenda next to the president’s," LaBolt said.
Obama's time in Boulder did include one slip-up, though it wasn't his doing. During an unannounced stop by the president at a local eatery, one excited woman accidentally spilled yogurt on Obama's pants.
"More hazardously, she spilled yogurt on the Secret Service," Obama added. "The agent just stood there."
Obama will end his three-state tour Wednesday in Iowa.
Original source: Obama campaign: Romney's 'monologue' is over