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A brand-new email plea from the campaign to re-elect Barack Obama has taken a dark turn in its criticism of Congressman Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s vice-presidential pick, using what many might consider foul language.

“You might be wondering why the hell Romney picked this guy,” writes Jim Messina, campaign manager of Obama for America. “But this is a strategic pick that carries real danger for us.”

The email begins, “Congressman Paul Ryan is the poster boy for the extreme Republican leadership in a Congress whose overall approval rating is 12 percent. His plan to dismantle Medicare is deeply unpopular with the general public, and especially undecided voters.”

That’s when the H-word gets invoked.

The rest of the letter reads:

“Here’s the calculation: Mitt Romney doesn’t need or expect Paul Ryan to convince even one undecided voter to cast their ballot for him. That’s not what he’s on the ticket for. He’s there to reassure and inspire ultraconservative ideologues and corporate interests that they will have one of their own a heartbeat from the presidency.

“That means tens or even hundreds of millions more dollars for the Romney campaign and the array of outside groups supporting him — and if current trends hold, more than 90 percent of that money will be spent on TV ads — lying, distorting and trashing Barack Obama. Those ads will have more impact on undecided voters than anything Paul Ryan himself does or says.

“Mitt Romney is convinced that picking Paul Ryan is a great investment for him. And his campaign is already touting the pledges and donations they’ve received as a result, with fundraising events planned for this week.

“We’re already being outraised, and we can’t afford to fall further behind. Our records show that you’re still waiting to make your first online donation — now is the time.

“Please donate $5 or more today.

“More soon.


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Lou Buren: The Obama camp is scared. They can smell defeat. They know that come November all the good people of our nation are going to come out in force and cast a vote for Romney. And kick Obama's wicked ass out of OUR white house.

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