President Barack Obama addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference opening plenary session in Washington, Sunday, March 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the 2012 election will be a "fun debate" over two different visions for the nation because he says "it's always good to have the truth on your side."
At Washington fundraisers, Obama says his administration has spent the past three years cleaning up after a "mess" created by his predecessors. He says Republicans are offering proposals similar to those that led to the economic downturn.
Obama referred to Mitt Romney as the "Republican front-runner," rather than by name, and noted that the former Massachusetts governor has supported a budget plan offered by House Republicans that the president says would undermine middle-class families.
Obama was speaking at two fundraisers Thursday that were expected to raise at least $1.4 million.