Romney in swing state Ohio

2012-09-01 22:31

Washington - Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney campaigned in the swing state of Ohio on Saturday, where he likened Barack Obama's promises on job-creation to that of a failing sports coach.

Romney, fresh from being crowned the party's official candidate for the White House, campaigned in Cincinnati and unfavourably compared the job pledges made by Obama in 2008 against his subsequent record in office.

"One of the promises he made was he was going to create more jobs, and today, 23 million people are out of work or stopped looking for work or are underemployed," Romney said.

"Let me tell you, if you have a coach that's 0-23 million, you say it's time to get a new coach."

Stubbornly high US unemployment, currently 8.3%, and a bumpy economic recovery are widely seen as the biggest hurdles to Obama's hopes of winning the 6 November election.

After the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, Romney and his White House running mate Paul Ryan are seeking to maintain momentum as Obama and his Democratic Party ready themselves for their convention starting on Monday.

Ohio is a key battleground state which, along with Florida and Pennsylvania, is considered crucial to the outcome of the election.

Recent polls have shown Obama leading in Ohio, a major coal producer.

But Romney is not far behind and is fighting hard - he has visited the state and mentioned it several times this year around his pledge to expand domestic energy production, a tactic he reiterated on Saturday.

"Paul Ryan and I have a plan that's going to get America working again. It's going to create about 12 million new jobs in America and about 460 000 jobs right here in Ohio," Romney said on Saturday, touting his energy policy.

Obama, meanwhile, left the White House Saturday and headed to Iowa - the state where his ultimately successful first run for the presidency kicked into life four years ago.

The president was scheduled to hold a rally near Des Moines as part of a four-day trip through swing states in the lead-up to his re-nomination at the Democratic Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

While Romney is hoping for a ratings bounce after the Republican convention, the focus of the political action has now shifted to the White House incumbent.

Obama's top advisor David Axelrod said on Friday that the president would use the Democratic convention to deliver the specifics that Romney's speech on Thursday - which he said was packed with personal anecdotes and patriotic platitudes - lacked.

  • - 2012-09-02 07:05

    To me Mitt couldn't care less about the people and only about becoming president, a mormon as the leader of the free world thats a joke.

  • marc.eckstein.714 - 2012-09-02 07:49

    This guy is is an idiot!

  • clement.mokone - 2012-09-02 09:10

    Romney is taking US to disaster. No team can be 23 million-0. Last time he said his deputy could make a better president. Typical George W Bush comrade. Republicans are not better leaders. He is going to worsen matters for sure. Let's face it unemployment is rife and worldwide. What is he going to do? Is he not going to attack iran?, I think he will because the Republicans are trigger happy.

  • kevin.watson.7906 - 2012-09-02 09:52

    Romney shouldn't lead with his chin. The industry in which he made himself fabulously wealthy, Investment banking, is responsible for the failure to capture new investment in job creating industries. 40 years ago the wealthy industrialist money was re-invested in new business. Now it is handed to Investment and Merchant bankers who have used it to merge businesses andinvest offshore and in obscure financial derivatives, destroying jobs and moving them to low labour cost countries.

  • neville.chamberlain.509 - 2012-09-02 11:15

    The left wing libtards also commenting here on something that they have no real knowledge on and insight into - brain farts are dangerous What does being a mormon have to do with leading his nation? Hypocrisy or does the religious nature scare the heebie jeebies out of you? Why is he an idiot? Because his plan was not conceived by the bleeding hearts and tree-huggers? Because, unlike Obama, he actually understands economics? Because unlike Obama he does not present a medical health bill that will come at the expense of the unemployed? Facts are 1) Obama promised and did not deliver, actually it became worse - unemployment has increased under Obama, the financial crisis have worsened under Obama, the Americans are still involved in wars where they have no business under Obama (with direct and indirect involvement in numerous conflicts above and beyond Afghanistan and Iraq) 2) Obama has been caught in the lie more than once 3) the the Rasmussen Reports surveyed that 60% of American's likely to vote will vote for a Republican and that Romney leads Obama 47% to 44% If you want to comment - at least have some knowledge about the subject

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