While President Barack Obama’s campaign attacks Mitt Romney’s tenure as governor of Massachusetts, the presumptive Republican nominee is striking back.
A new ad out today touts his record of reducing the unemployment rate and balancing state budgets without raising taxes. “He did it by bringing parties together to cut through gridlock,” the narrator says. “From day one as president, Mitt Romney’s strong leadership will make all the difference on jobs.”
Romney did raise revenues, though through fees rather than broad-based taxes, and closed some tax loopholes.
The ad, praising Romney rather than attacking Obama, came as the candidate himself went after the president’s economic record, saying he “simply doesn’t understand or appreciate these fundamental truths of our economic system.”
Obama has said that Romney’s call for tax cuts weighted toward the rich and cuts in regulations led to the current economic crisis that began under Republican President George W. Bush. “We tried this whole recipe and it didn’t work,” Obama told supporters yesterday.