Obama, Romney Agree: My Rival Will Wreck Economy

Candidates deliver dueling speeches in Ohio
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2012 2:42 PM CDT
Obama, Romney Agree: My Rival Will Wreck Economy
President Obama waves prior to speaking at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Thursday.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(Newser) – President Obama and Mitt Romney gave their competing versions of how to fix the economy during Ohio speeches today, with their common advice being, don't elect that other guy. Some quotes getting play:

  • Obama: “What’s holding us back is a stalemate in Washington between two fundamentally different views of which path America should take. This election is a chance to break that stalemate."
  • Romney: The president has had four years and "hasn't delivered a recovery."
  • Obama: "If you want to give the policies of the last decade another try, then you should vote for Mr. Romney."
  • Romney: Mocking Obama's "forward" motto: “You call that forward? That’s forward over a cliff. That’s forward on the way to Greece. I don’t want that.”
  • Obama: “Prosperity never trickled down to the middle class.”
  • Romney: “Almost everything the president has done has made it harder for entrepreneurs to start a business, has made it less likely for businesses like this to hire more people."

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  • Obama: "I have said that this is the defining issue of our time, and I mean it. I said that this is a make-or-break moment for America’s middle class, and I believe it.”
  • Romney: “The entrepreneurship here, the passion of our people, our conviction and the hope of tomorrow, our affection for our kids and coming generations—these things, combined with policies that encourage a private sector, will cause a resurgence, a rebirth of America’s economy that’s going to surprise people all over the world.”
Get the full narratives at AP, Politico, and the Washington Post. (Read more President Obama stories.)

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