Apr 26, 2011 9:47 PM GMT
whether he knows it or not.
ReutersBOSTON (Reuters) - Republican Mitt Romney, who is raising money to run for the White House in 2012, criticized President Barack Obama on Monday over the country's debt problem but soon found himself under attack on another front.
An opinion piece by the former Massachusetts governor focused on last week's threat by an influential ratings agency to cut the U.S. credit rating.
That message was quickly drowned out by backlash after Romney referred to Obama's stimulus programs as "one of the biggest peacetime spending binges in American history."
In doing so, Romney neglected to acknowledge the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and current involvement in Libya.
The New Hampshire Democratic Party and progressive-leaning veterans group VetVoice pounced.
"Romney is forgetting that we have troops in harm's way in three different theaters is astonishing," Richard Allen Smith of VetVoice said in a statement, noting that 36 U.S. service members had been killed in action this month alone.