Obama campaign ramps up re-election effort, attacks GOP field

Republican leaders say president intimidated by challengers

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James Q. Lynch

Iowa has a special place in President Obama’s re-election campaign organization as the state that launched him four years ago.

But the campaign is not resting on warm memories of the last campaign.

In a conference call with Iowa reporters Monday, Obama campaign officials said they are working every day and will use the Jan. 3 first-in-the-nation precinct caucuses to pull together the grass roots organization that propelled Obama to the Democratic nomination and presidency in 2008.

Campaign Manager Jim Messina also ripped the 2012 Republican field for embracing failed economic policies of the past.

The attack on Romney came as no surprise to his campaign. “President Obama and his allies already signaled they are going to run a campaign of personal destruction to ‘kill’ Mitt Romney because they are intimidated by his candidacy,” said Romney for President spokeswoman Andrea Saul. “President Obama knows he can’t run on the failed policies that have brought higher taxes, exploding deficits, and record unemployment, so his allies have no choice but to launch false and personal attacks.”

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