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President Obama pushes his economic vision in Cleveland
Says challenger Romney would return to failed Republican policies
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Kevin Niedermier
At Cuyahoga Community College President Obama lays out his economic plan, and talks about how his vision is different from Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
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The presidential campaign is taking center stage in Ohio this week. Thursday, President Obama campaigned in Cleveland, where he highlighted the differences between his economic visions and those of G-O-P challenger Mitt Romney.
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At Cuyahoga Community College, President Obama blamed much of the nation’s economic woes on political gridlock in Washington that’s blocked many of his economic initiatives, and on Republican polices from before he was elected in 2008. The president says he’s committed to policies that grow the middle-class, not the loosened business regulations and tax cuts Romney supports.


Obama:  “If you agree with that you should vote for them, and I guarantee they will take us in that direction. I believe we need a plan for better education and training and energy independence and new research and innovation and for rebuilding our infrastructure, for a tax code that creates jobs in America and pays down our debt in a way that’s balanced.”


Republican Ohio Senator Rob Portman concedes that President Obama inherited tough economic problems. But Portman says the president mishandled the crisis.


Portman:  "The question is, what did he do with it. And I would respectfully disagree that the stimulus worked. By the president's own predictions right now we would be under 6% unemployment if the stimulus worked. That's what he told us. That hasn't happened unfortunetly because  much of the stimulus dollars were not used for anything resembling economic growth, it was used to grow government."


Portman says creating more government workers does equal more consumers, but that’s not going to create enough new jobs to turn around the economy. But most economists say the stimulus kept the economy from getting worse.
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