ROANOKE, Va. - Mitt Romney's campaign was back in full swing today in the battleground state of Virginia. The Republican candidate criticized President Obama again after a brief post-hurricane hiatus from negative attacks.
Romney focused in Virginia on cultivating small businesses, mocking President Obama for suggesting that he would developed a "Secretary of Business."
"He's got to find something to suggest it's going to better over the next four years," Romney said at his first of three campaign events today. "And so he came up with an idea last week which his he's going to create the Department of Business."
"I don't think adding a new chair in his cabinet will help add millions of jobs on Main Street," said Romney, later adding, "We don't need a Secretary of Business to understand business we need a president who understands business and I do!"
Romney's remarks echoed a new television ad released by the campaign this morning titled "Secretary of Business" which claims Obama's "solution to everything is to add another bureaucrat." A new web video released today called "Bill's Barbecue" chronicled the shuttering of a 82-year-old restaurant in Richmond, Virginia, stating, "Bill's Barbecue Couldn't Take Four Years Under President Obama."
The new attack line from Romney stemmed from an interview earlier in the week with MSNBC, in which the President suggested the development of a Secretary of Business to act as a "one-stop shop" instead of having "nine different departments that are dealing with things like getting loans to SBA or helping companies with exports."
Virginia is one of several states that polling shows Romney and Obama neck-in-neck. A CBS/NY Times/Quinnipiac poll released earlier this week had Obama with a slight lead over Romney, 49 to 47.
Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said in a statement that "Mitt Romney can lurch from false attack to false attack in the final days of this campaign, but the American people understand President Obama is the only candidate in this race with a concrete plan to move our country forward, grow our economy, and strengthen the middle class."