09/09/2012 03:46 pm ET Updated Sep 10, 2012

Jay Carney: Mitt Romney God Currency Attack Is 'Absurd'

President Barack Obama's camp fired back at Mitt Romney on Sunday over comments about God's place in America.

At a Saturday campaign stop in Virginia Beach, Va., Romney voiced his commitment to keeping the word in America's conversation, pointing to a range of entities that currently include a reference.

“The pledge says 'under God,'" Romney told onlookers. "I will not take God out of the name of our platform. I will not take God off our coins and I will not take God out of my heart. We’re a nation that’s bestowed by God.”

Without mentioning Obama by name, those comments appeared to be a silent jab at Democrats for their decision to initially drop "God" from the party's 2012 platform, and then later reinstate the word. The Republican Party platform included at least 10 God references, drawing criticism from conservatives.

In a Sunday pool report, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney called Romney's remarks "absurd."

"The president believes as much that god should be taken off a coin as he does that aliens will attack Florida," Carney said. "It’s an absurd question to be raised.”

As for the changes to the platform, Democratic National Convention Chair and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa affirmed that President Obama was behind the inclusion of God, calling the commotion surrounding the issue "a lot of ado about nothing."

“Not one person objected," Villaraigosa told the paper. "It’s more a media concern than a delegate concern."



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