Published September 09, 2012
The Obama campaign is mocking Mitt Romney’s moment of unrestrained patriotism -- or his subtle jab -- this weekend when he said he would not “take God off our coins.”
Romney made the campaign promise Saturday during a rally in Virginia Beach in which he criticized Democrats for removing God from their party platform. The word was later reinserted.
“That pledge says ‘under God,’ and I will not take God out of our platform,” Romney said at the rally, heavily attended by military veterans. “I will not take God off our coins, and I will not take God out of my heart.”
Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaski told reporters Sunday the likelihood of President Obama taking the word “God” off coins was equal to that of aliens attacking Florida.
“It was nothing more than a desperate attack on a false claim,” she said, adding that Romney and running mate Rep. Paul Ryan’s goal with such rhetoric is to appeal to the conservative base.
During the rally Sunday, Romney also led attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.
"I'm as conservative as the Constitution," Romney said Sunday in a taped interview with NBC's "Meet the Press."