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Romney and Ryan hit Obama on jobs, promise tax cuts

September 01, 2012|By Maeve Reston
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate, making stops in Ohio and Florida Saturday, continued to attack President Obama’s job-creation record.

Romney, who has promised to create 12 million jobs with his economic plan for tax cuts and less regulation, noted that he had seen a report Saturday showing a drop in income for middle-class families.

“Not only have jobs been lost, but it’s middle-income jobs that were lost,” he said. “The jobs that are coming back, the majority of them are low-wage jobs. So even though we’re getting a few jobs back, which is welcome — and all jobs are welcome — makes this an even tougher time for middle-income families.”

Romney promised that under his administration, Americans would have more take-home pay as a result of his tax cuts. “You’re going to see more jobs and more take-home pay, not just because you want it, but because you deserve it,” he said.

At both events, Romney also asked voters to help his campaign by persuading former Obama voters to support his campaign.

Introducing Romney in Jacksonville, his running mate, Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, told Floridians that the election could hinge on their vote.  “If Florida goes the right way, America goes the right way,” he said. “We’re going to get this done. We’re going to fix our problems, and we’re going to do this because we’re going to elect the man standing next to me, Mitt Romney, as the next president of the United States.”

Obama spokeswoman Lis Smith said that Romney and Ryan had “launched personal and debunked attacks against President Obama” in Jacksonville. 

“They blamed him for a credit downgrade that was caused by congressional gridlock — that Paul Ryan and his Republican colleagues helped engineer — and for automatic defense cuts when the only thing standing in the way of preventing them is the refusal by congressional Republicans, led by Paul Ryan, to ask for one more dime from millionaires and billionaires,” Smith said.

“What we didn’t hear from Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan is the truth about their policies and how they would turn Medicare into a voucher system, make deep cuts to critical investments like education, and ask the middle class to pay for tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans,” she said. “This isn’t a recipe for strength. It's a recipe for disaster for America’s middle class.”

maeve.reston@latimes.com

Twitter: @maevereston

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