In the midst of criticizing Obama and other Democrats on foreign and economic policy Tuesday, the GOP presidential hopeful said: 'Actually, just look at what Osam -- Barack Obama -- said just yesterday. Barack Obama, calling on radicals, jihadists of all different types, to come together in Iraq. That is the battlefield... It's almost as if the Democratic contenders for president are living in fantasyland. Their idea for jihad is to retreat, and their idea for the economy is to also retreat. And in my view, both efforts are wrongheaded.'"
His spokesman later said that he was talking about Osama bin Laden, and not Barack Obama, although I haven't seen any evidence of apology for such a horrible "slip".
If the statement above is accurate in the way this was said, I fully believe this was done on purpose. He first did the Obama/Osama "mix-up", but on top of that, if he really meant Osama the whole time, who would that have anything to do with the "Democratic contenders for president"?
I can't imagine having yet another president willing to distort things to get his way.