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Heard it Before: Romney's Economic Record Under Fire in Latest Obama Ad

by: Emily Cadik

Wed Jun 06, 2012 at 03:00 PM CDT

Not long ago, it was all positivity from the Obama campaign, with ads that focused on the President's record and neglected to mention his opponent.  This week, the campaign is coming out swinging by going right after Romney's economic record.

It's a bold move for Obama to go after Romney on the economy while being slammed for the recent job growth numbers.  But it shows that the Obama camp isn't willing to accept the economy as a weakness, or at least as one of Romney's strengths.

In "Heard it Before," the Obama campaign points out that Massachusetts ranked 47th out of 50 in terms of job creation under Romney's watch (down from 36th before he took office), while the amount of debt per taxpayer and the size of government increased.

The campaign also launched a site called Romney Economics, contrasting the former governor's claims to the actual impacts in Massachusetts, including:

  • Taxes and fees increased by $750 million per year.
  • Long-term debt increased more than $2.6 billion.
  • Romney left behind a $1 billion budget deficit for the next governor and saddled Massachusetts taxpayers with more debt per person than any other state.

Romney had called the jobs numbers a "harsh indictment" of the President.  So if Obama is going to spend the week getting blamed for the jobs report, reminding voters of the governor's record in Massachusetts is one way to make sure a Romney presidency doesn't look any rosier.  


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