Four years ago, Barack Obama had no problem with big money being spent in presidential campaigning. Of course, he was the one doing it. Now that President Obama’s campaign isn’t raking in the cash like it did in 2008, he’s uncomfortable with what’s being spent by challenger Mitt Romney and Republican backers.
In July, for the third straight month, Romney’s campaign raised more money than the Obama campaign. At a campaign stop this week, Obama lamented that between now and Election Day, “the other side is going to spend more money than we have ever seen” making its case against him.
More money than we have ever seen. This from the man whose campaign raised close to $780 million in 2008 — a record total, and twice the amount raised by Republican John McCain — and spent about $760 million.
Running for president requires serious money. That’s not about to change. If Obama’s record in office wasn’t so disappointing, he wouldn’t have to worry so much about what Romney says or how much the challenger spends to say it.