Campaigns for Mitt Romney and President Obama sought to keep the spotlight focused Monday on ill-advised statements both men made last week, as both sides released Web videos and dispatched top surrogates to argue the other side grossly misunderstands the state of the nation’s economy.
Romney’s campaign continued to hammer Obama for saying the private sector was “doing fine,” a statement the president sought to correct within hours of uttering it on Friday.
A minute-long Web video includes clips of newscasters reporting the dismal May jobs report -- which showed unemployment had increased and the economy added a meager number of jobs last month -- and is followed by the president saying, “The private sector is doing fine. Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government.”
“Has There Ever Been A President So Out Of Touch With The Middle Class?” the video concludes.
Obama’s campaign, meanwhile, tried to shift attention to a controversial statement Romney made Friday that didn’t receive as much attention as Obama’s gaffe: that the nation does not need more teachers, police officers or firefighters.
Obama “says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It's time for us to cut back on government and help the American people,” Romney said while campaigning in Council Bluffs.