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August 7th, 2012
09:26 AM ET

Fmr. Gov. Whitman: Mitt Romney needs a Sister Souljah moment

Adding a new attack line to his stump speech, President Obama railed against Mitt Romney's tax proposals last night, saying they amount to "Robin Hood in reverse" and dubbing the candidate's tax plan "Romney Hood."

Romney's camp fired back against the accusation, calling the president's claim false and asserting that there's "only one candidate in this race who's going to raise taxes on the American people – and that's Barack Obama."

Former Republican New Jersey Governor Christine Whitman sits down with the Starting Point team this morning to discuss the highly negative tone of the 2012 presidential campaign.

"It's shameful frankly," Whitman says. "We have so many issues that we need to hear being discussed by our candidates and all we hear is name calling."

Responding to a question by CNN contributor Ryan Lizza as to whether Romney has done a good job standing up to the GOP base on the campaign trail, Whitman responds, "I have seen some moments where I thought he had a freebie to do that and he didn't."

Citing the moment in the GOP Fox News debate in September when the crowd booed in response to a question by a gay soldier, Whitman asserts that Romney needs a Sister Souljah moment to  "send the message that he's gonna be the kind of president he says he's going to be."

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