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(USA TODAY) - Mitt Romney is fighting back on President Obama's claim of running a campaign free of negativity, while asking supporters for donations of $10 or more.
In a fundraising pitch, Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades seized on Obama's comment during a news briefing yesterday that "nobody accused Mr. Romney of being a felon."
Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said last month Romney's statements on government documents about his tenure at Bain Capital could constitute a "felony."
"This is not the first time his campaign has distorted the truth or engaged in outright dishonest and personal attacks," Rhoades said in his e-mail. "But the president's untruthful denial and his continued failure to stand against such deceitful rhetoric have diminished the office he holds, and it's another promise to voters he's broken."
Obama told reporters yesterday that his campaign is issues-oriented and pointed out differences with Romney "that matter to working families."