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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Romney Calls Obama Policies the Most Anti-Business in Recent History...

   On the eve of a major economic speech by President Obama, Mitt Romney told a group of business leaders in Washington on Wednesday that the Obama administration had pursued the “most anti-investment, anti-business, anti-jobs series of policies in modern American history” and was responsible for the tepid pace of the recovery.
   Mr. Romney predicted that Mr. Obama would “change course” during a speech scheduled for Thursday in Ohio and acknowledge that the economy “isn’t going so well.”
   As he has for the past six days, Mr. Romney mocked the president for declaring on Friday that the “private sector is doing fine.” Mr. Romney speculated that Mr. Obama had rethought that remark because of the “incredulity that came screaming back from the American people” in the days since.
   Mr. Romney and Mr. Obama will both deliver speeches in Ohio on Thursday, taking their dueling messages about the troubled state of the nation’s economy to a swing state.
   Mr. Romney poked fun at the president’s reputation for lofty speechmaking, telling a crowd of chief executives here that “I happen to know that if President Obama speaks as he normally will tomorrow, his rhetoric will be soaring and eloquent. But I’d suggest you look at the record more than the words.”
   “Words are cheap,” Mr. Romney said. “The record is that we have 23 million Americans that are out of work or stopped looking for work or underemployed. That is a compelling and a sad statistic. These are real people.”
Lis Smith, a spokeswoman for the president’s re-election campaign, called Mr. Romney’s claims “dishonest.”
“Contrary to Romney’s rhetoric, the president took our nation from losing 750,000 jobs a month to adding 4.3 million private-sector jobs over the last 27 months,” Ms. Smith said.
   Mr. Romney, a former chief executive himself, seemed to be in his element at the Newseum, where he spoke to members of the Business Roundtable, including top executives from Macy’s, Xerox and Boeing. He greeted members by name, and he elicited knowing laughs from the audience when he playfully pleaded with the executives to repatriate overseas profits back to the United States.
   “If you want to bring your money home, ple-e-e-ease bring it home,” he said. “All right. Bring that trillion-plus dollars — bri-i-ing it here. Invest in new plants and equipment and hire people.”
Mr. Romney told the executives that government must stop treating corporations as opponents, through regulation and tax policy. “How do we make America the best place for enterprise?” he said. “Government has to be the partner, the friend, the ally, the supporter of enterprise, not the enemy. Too often you find yourself facing a government that looks at you like you’re the bad guys, and if you’re hiring people and employing people and paying taxes, you’re the good guys.”
After he spoke, Mr. Romney held a question-and-answer session with the executives at the Newseum, a museum dedicated to the news media. Reporters were not allowed to attend the session.

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