CINCINNATI - Mitt Romney today warned that what President Obama says and what he does "is not always the exact same thing," delivering a speech that hammered the president for seeking another term to fix an economy Romney blames Obama for ruining.
"So as you look at the president's record, it is long on words and short on action that created jobs," said Romney, speaking at a metal manufacturer in the battleground state of Ohio. "And again, talk is cheap. Action speaks loudly. Look what's happened across this country."
"If you think things are going swimmingly, if you think the President's right when he said the private sector is doing fine, well then he's the guy to vote for," said Romney, the presumptive GOP nominee. "But when he said that, there was such an outpouring of response from the 23 million Americans out of work or underemployed that I think today he's not going to say it again."
"I think it's more likely he's going to say give me four more years even though I didn't get it done in the first 3 and a half," said Romney. "And my experience in thinking about people who I want to have work for me, whether it's my doctor or the person that's going to be painting the house, I want to make sure they did a good job the first time and if they didn't, I want someone who can do a better job."
Romney's remarks came just 30 minutes prior to President Obama's, who spoke today to a community college outside Cleveland. The way the two schedules had originally been published had indicated that Romney would speak after Obama, but the candidate appeared on state early - a rarity. Today is the first time the two politicians have held campaign events on the same day in the same state.
Romney, nodding to the president's appearance just 250 miles northwest of him, said, "Now you may have heard that President Obama is on the other side of the state and he's going to be delivering a speech on the economy."
"He's doing that because he hasn't delivered a recovery for the economy," said Romney. "And he's going to be a person of eloquence as he describes his plans for making the economy better. But don't forget, he's been president for 3 and a half years. And talk is cheap. Action speaks very loud."