Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter continued the campaign's effort to inextricably link Mitt Romney to Paul Ryan's budget plan on a conference call with reporters today.
Cutter called the Romney campaign's most recent ad, which accuses President Obama of excising work requirements from welfare reform, "the latest act of desperation to distort from the things we do want to talk about, like substantive issues of Mitt Romney's tax plan or Paul Ryan's budget."
"Mitt Romney has spent the last 48 hours running away from Paul Ryan's budget," Cutter said. "Unfortunately he can't run that far."
"He called it marvelous, said that he would sign it into law on his first day in office, and many of his policies match Paul Ryan's directly on point," Cutter said, mentioning tax cuts.
"That's what we call a substantive debate."
Both advisor David Axelrod and Cutter appeared on Sunday shows this past weekend to launch the campaign's offensive against Ryan. Axelrod, appearing on ABC's "This Week," called Ryan a "right-wing ideologue, the intellectual energy behind the Republican caucus there in Congress."
On CBS' "Face the Nation," Cutter faced off against Romney advisor Eric Fehrnstrom, saying that the Ryan plan would "be the end of Medicare as we know it. It would increase costs on seniors and throw them in the private market."
Romney has said he'll lay out his own budget plan.