Romney: No, I’m the Candidate of the Middle Class

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Mitt Romney gets a big hug from supporter Joni Scotter during a campaign rally in Marion, Iowa.

Mitt Romney wants to steal the mantle President Barack Obama has called his own: the candidate of the middle class.

After months of attacks from the Obama campaign about pushing tax cuts for the wealthy and reducing regulations for Wall Street, Romney used a fundraiser today to pin the languishing U.S. middle class on the policies of Obama’s first four years.

Romney, in a hotel ballroom in Jacksonville, Florida, today told donors that Obama, contrary to his position as the 2012 candidate most focused on the middle class, is the “candidate that pushed the middle class into poverty.”

Obama, for his part, has hammered the Republican nominee on his proposals, saying they’re examples of a Republican party that doesn’t care about the middle class. Romney countered that narrative today.

“We’re not the party of the rich, we’re the party of the people who want to get rich,” Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, said to laughs and applause from the group that paid $2,500, $10,000 or $50,000 for tickets to attend the reception at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Jacksonville. The campaign said more than 200 tickets were sold.

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