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Obama pivots to attack Romney's record

Obama pivots to attack Romney's record

Not standing on any solid record of his own, President Obama's reelection camp has made a slight pivot away from its attacks on Bain Capital and is now critiquing Romney's job performance as governor of Massachusetts. Among the criticisms, ABC News reports, are "campaign promises Democrats say [Romney] left unfulfilled. Team Obama will point to Romney's rhetoric on job creation, size of government, education, deficits and taxes during the 2002 gubernatorial campaign and draw parallels with his presidential stump speeches of 2012. The goal is to illustrate that Romney has made the same promises before with unimpressive results."

That's funny coming from Obama...

On jobs, for example, the Obama campaign points to Massachusetts' rank of 47th out of 50 states in job creation during Romney's tenure.  The state lost a reported 40,000 jobs in manufacturing alone.  But the Romney camp fired back today: “Mitt Romney created more jobs in the state of Massachusetts than President Obama has for the entire nation," spokeswoman Andrea Saul said.  “We’re happy to compare the 4.7 percent unemployment rate Mitt Romney was able to accomplish any day against President Obama’s failure to meet his own goal of 6 percent right now.”

Somehow I doubt that attacking Romney's economic record will do Obama much good given his own abysmal record.  The Washington Post's Greg Sergant also points out a key flaw in Obama's attacks: "Obama needs to persuade voters to do more than simply accept Romney as an alternative to the economic status quo who’s worth taking a flyer on."

Going forward, expect the Obama camp to continue attacking Romney's record, with oft-repeated talking points about how Romney's (Read: Bush's) policies have been tried before and didn't work.

I can hardly wait for more talk about cars in ditches and Republicans drinking Slurpees...

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