President Barack Obama's campaign lashed out Wednesday at Republican nominee-in-waiting Mitt Romney in a video focusing on his "severely conservative" views and campaign trail gaffes.
The Obama team, steering the president's bid for re-election to a second White House term, launched the video "Mitt Romney: Memories to Last a Lifetime" on Youtube and the Internet.
Romney is now a shoo-in to win the Republican nomination and challenge Obama in the November 6 elections, after ultraconservative Republican candidate Rick Santorum quit the race Tuesday.
After having sought throughout the race to prove his conservative credentials to win over the party's grassroots base, Romney will now have to focus on winning the support of the more moderate voters, many of whom have been repulsed by the extreme conservative views on the campaign trail.
And the Obama campaign has gone on the attack.
The YouTube video shows Romney calling for outlawing abortion, opposing government assistance to Americans affected by the home foreclosure crisis and arguing against bailing out the auto industry.
Romney is also shown saying the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, which took place in mid-December as had been promised by Obama, was "tragic," and promising to "kill dead" Obama's healthcare reform, which was signed into law in March of 2010.
In the clip, Romney also says that if he is elected president, he would veto the bill that would give American citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants.
It also contains some of his notable gaffes such as that he "likes firing people" and ends with the message "Mitt Romney: a severely conservative nominee. Remember that."
Source: AFP American Edition