Presidential Campaign Gets Dirtier

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The Obama campaign responded quickly and forcefully to charges made by two unnamed Romney aides to the Daily Telegraph in London that President Obama doesn’t understand the special relationship between the U.S. and the U.K. -- and that Romney would restore the ties from the two countries’ shared Anglo-Saxon heritage.

Name-calling is reaching new, creative heights in the presidential campaign, with both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney coining new terms to attack their opponent with. On Monday, Obama invented the nickname “Romney Hood,” alleging that Romney plans to tax the poor to help the rich—Robin Hood in reverse. Romney responded Tuesday by coining the term “Obamaloney” in order to accuse the president of making up his facts. It’s the latest case of mudslinging, following a Romney ad attacking Obama’s welfare-reform plan and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s unsubstantiated claim that Romney paid no taxes in past years.