Why run against a fictional Obama when the real-life version is so ripe for the picking?

Via The Hill:

President Obama accused Republicans of distorting his record, claiming that Mitt Romney was running against a “fictional Barack Obama.”

Republicans “have spent a lot of time creating a fictional Barack Obama who is supposedly taking the work out of welfare reform, or doesn’t think small businesses built their own businesses,” said the president in an interview with USA Today published late Monday.

Obama’s comments come after his top surrogates took to the airwaves this weekend to accuse Republicans of intentionally misrepresenting the president’s record.

Senior Obama adviser David Plouffe on Sunday said the Romney campaign was “built on a tripod of lies” and deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter charged that Republicans think “lying is a virtue.”

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