The Obama campaign rebuffed claims made by Republican adversaries that it would “take G-d off our coins,” saying that the President is as likely to consider such a move, as it is that “aliens will attack Florida.”
Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaski called the Romney campaign’s suggestion about G-d being removed from U.S. coins the sign of a "desperate" campaign.
“Look, this is nothing more than a desperate attack based on a false premise by the Romney team and it's sad that the debate has been driven to this level of discourse,” Psaki told reporters Sunday, according to a White House pool report.
“The president believes as much that G-d should be taken off a coin as he does that aliens will attack Florida,” she said. “It’s an absurd question to be raised.”
Romney incorporated the pledge of allegiance into his speech at a campaign appearance in Virginia on Saturday, as he criticized Democrats for initially omitting G-d from their party platform.
“That pledge says ‘under G-d,’ and I will not take G-d out of our platform,” Romney said. “I will not take G-d off our coins, and I will not take G-d out of my heart.”
Democrats quickly rejected such claims saying that the President had never considered taking G-d off of U.S. coins.
White House press secretary Jay Carney joined in the criticism Sunday, saying the line was like throwing spaghetti on the wall.
“There’s a period when the argument is not going your way… and you begin to see random issues thrown up like spaghetti against the wall to see if anything can stick,” Carney said. “I wouldn’t say based on my experience covering presidential campaigns that that has ever worked as a strategy.”
A Romney campaign official said the governor's comments were "nothing new," The Hill reported.
"Democrats are defensive about this issue since their embarrassing platform debacle last week," the aide said. "Gov. Romney has repeatedly discussed his opposition to attempts to make our country a more secular nation. He has been saying this even before Obama became President."