Obama, after jobs figures, hits Republicans on taxes

Obama's greatest vulnerability heading into the fall campaign is the economy, which is still sputtering three and a half years after he took office. His remarks on Friday—billed as an official, not a campaign event—showcased some of the counter-arguments he has been making on the stump. The president regularly emphasizes the depth of the crisis he inherited (he said no other downturn has been "this deep or this painful since the 1930s"); highlights the sluggish but steady resurgence of private sector; casts himself as the champion of the middle class and Romney as chiefly concerned about the wealthy; and warns voters that a shift to Republican policies will make things worse (he said their ideas "helped to create this mess in the first place"). And he has waged war on Romney's approach to the economy—hitting his personal finances as well as his proposals.

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