Obama in Iowa criticizes Romney’s economic plan


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President Obama sharpened his rhetoric against GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s economic plan on Wednesday, characterizing it as “sketchy” while pushing his own plan during a stop in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

“His tax plan doesn’t add up,” the president said. “His jobs plan doesn’t create jobs. His deficit-reduction plan adds to the deficit. So Iowa, you know, everybody here’s heard of the New Deal. You’ve heard of the Fair Deal. You’ve heard of the Square Deal. Mitt Romney’s trying to sell you a sketchy deal.”

Obama’s stop at Cornell College marked his ninth visit to Iowa this year, and before a reported crowd of 2,000, he continued his aggressive stance from the second presidential debate by zeroing in on the vagueness he claims is in Romney’s economic plan.

 “Usually, when a politician tells you they’re going to wait till after the election to explain a plan, they don’t have a pleasant surprise for you,” he said.

One University of Iowa political--science associate professor felt that Romney’s and previous candidates’ vagueness on certain issues is either to avoid excluding the other side or alienating possible voters.

“Romney might want to sit down with members of Congress and work out the details in a bipartisan way,” Tim Hagle said. “Everybody loves spending cuts until their stuff gets cut.”

Romney’s campaign responded to the attacks by targeting Obama’s statement during the debate that “some jobs are not going to come back” as well as his overall jobs plan.

“President Obama addressed his jobs plan at last night’s debate, saying ‘there are some jobs that are not going to come back,’ ” Shawn McCoy, Romney campaign spokesman, said in a press release.

“After four years of failed economic policies that have left 23 million Americans struggling for work, President Obama has no new ideas, no vision for the future, and is simply giving up.”

According to Romney’s website his five-point plan will create 12 million jobs during his first term by focusing on a variety of goals from North American energy independence to tax reform.

Obama further targeted the five-points of Romney’s plan saying it would create an unfair advantage for the wealthiest Americans and was akin to “failed policies” of the previous administration.

“The interesting thing is his five-point plan for the economy is really a one-point plan,” he said during the rally. “Folks at the very top play by their own set of rules.”

Obama said his economic plan has such facets as keeping the wind energy tax credit, which he said 7 million jobs currently depend on, and would help pay down the deficit, which topped $1 trillion for the fourth year in a row.

“You grow this economy from the middle-class out,” he said. “But we can’t just cut our way to prosperity; we need to invest.”

Obama has held 16 campaign events across Iowa this year, and according to a campaign official Iowa is critical to him in the election.

“Iowa is an important battleground state,” Elizabeth Purchia, Iowa press secretary for Obama for America, said in an email. “It launched the president’s campaign back in 2008, and Iowa holds a close place in his heart.”

Hagle further said another reason campaigns avoid specifics is because it can lead to more attacks from their opponents.

“You start to provide more details, and it provides the opponent with more fodder to attack with,” he said.

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