BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) — President Barack Obamaâ€™s re-election campaign is on the offensive against former Governor Mitt Romney. Top Obama aid David Axelrod slammed Romney from the Massachusetts State House Thursday, attacking his track record as governor for increasing the stateâ€™s debt by $2.6 billion dollars, cutting taxes only for the wealthy, raising fees and losing jobs.
â€śUnder Governor Romney the state was 47
th in job creation, fourth from the bottom,â€ť said Axelrod.
Former North Adams Mayor John Barrett also criticized Romney for being out of touch with the western part of the state.
â€śHe visited Pittsfield on two occasions. In his opening remark, he said it was great to be in the City of Springfield,â€ť said Barrett.
But their message was disrupted by a large crowd of Romney supporters chanting â€śObama isnâ€™t workingâ€ť and â€śSolyndra,â€ť referring to a California clean energy company that was given hundreds of millions in federal loan guarantees only to go bankrupt and layoff more than 1,000 employees.
Hours before Axelrod arrived, Romneyâ€™s team took over the State House steps to defend the former Governor.
Rep. Brad Jones (R-North Reading) said that while Romney was governing Massachusetts, the state was successful at managing its finances. â€śWe balanced the budget four times, we created a $2 billion dollar rainy day fund, we had a bond upgrade,â€ť said Jones.
â€ś[Romney] created more net new jobs in Massachusetts alone than President Obamaâ€™s managed to create in the entire United States combined,â€ť said Rep. Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk).
This week Romney crossed the threshold and won the more than 1,144 delegates needed to clinch the Republican presidential nomination.
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qbftmc | May 31 2012 10:07pm
Axerod may slam Romney but to this point President Obama's has really messed up the jobs market and has caused debt to go out sight. Its time for a change. President Obama doesn't know what he is doing. We have dragged along for 3 and half years with no change in sight as long as we have the current president in charge we will have more of the same. I remember years ago a certain president saying its not what your country can do for us but what we can do for our country. For demcrats have changed this to read its time to take as much as possible in order to get more than my share. I always thought that saying of the past to be a great speach and made by a demcrat. We really need that change before President Obama destroyes this country and makes it like Greece.
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