Romney to accuse Obama of putting his re-election above creating new jobs

ByHolly Bailey
July 18, 2012, 11:24 AM

— -- AKRON, Ohio—Mitt Romney will continue his assault on President Barack Obama's economic record during an appearance in Ohio on Wednesday, accusing the president of putting his re-election above efforts to create jobs.

In a memo to reporters previewing Romney's remarks at a rally in Bowling Green on Wednesday afternoon, the campaign called the nation's jobless rate "a real emergency."

"Yet President Obama seems to have just given up on the economy," the Romney campaign memo says. "He hasn't convened a meeting with his jobs counsel in six months, but has held more than a hundred fundraisers for his campaign. The only job he is interested in saving is his own."

While Romney may not use those exact words, a Romney aide tells Yahoo News the GOP nominee will touch on that "general theme." Romney's remarks in Ohio come a day after he unveiled a tougher, more aggressive stump speech lambasting Obama's record and ties to political donors.

The Romney campaign and its allies appear to be putting up a bigger fight in Ohio than in Pennsylvania where Romney campaigned on Tuesday.

Not unlike Pennsylvania, local television is saturated with political ads. During the 11pm hour Tuesday night, every other ad that aired was a campaign ad. But unlike Pennsylvania, where the airwaves were dominated by ads sponsored by the Obama campaign and its allies attacking Romney's ties to Bain Capital, the Romney campaign and its conservative allies seem to be airing ads at an equal pace.

Among the ads on repeat: a Romney campaign ad that uses footage of Hillary Clinton attacking Obama of false attacks during the 2008 Democratic presidential primary to suggest Obama is doing the same to Romney.

Another ad in heavy rotation in Ohio is a Republican National Committee spot that says Obama hasn't delivered on the "big plans" he promised, including cutting the deficit and improving the economy.

"He tried. You tried," the RNC ad says. "It's OK to make a change."

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