News / USA

Obama, Romney Trade Criticism on Economic Policies

President Obama campaigning in Ohio
President Obama campaigning in Ohio

President Barack Obama returned to the U.S. Midwest on Wednesday, making his case that Republican economic proposals would harm America's middle class. Obama and the leading Republican presidential hopeful, Mitt Romney, traded criticism of each other's economic policies.

Ohio, one of the places he visited Wednesday, is a politically-important state for the president as he seeks reelection. He reiterated key points in what has become a standard campaign speech.

At Lorain County Community College near Cleveland, Obama described a situation in which he said U.S. businesses have jobs available, but struggle to find qualified workers.

The president sat down with four unemployed workers, including a former U.S. Marine, who are undergoing retraining in the hope of finding new jobs.

Obama said that creating opportunities for the unemployed and ensuring fair play in the economy are at the heart of a major election year debate in coming months.

"Should we settle for an economy where a few people do really well and then a growing number are struggling to get by?  Or do we build an economy where people like Duane and Andrea and David and Bronson, they've got a chance to get ahead, where there are ladders of opportunity, where everybody gets a fair shot, and everybody does their fair share, and everybody is playing by the same set of rules?," he said.

Obama portrayed the presidential contest as a choice between "two competing visions."  He said Republicans would extend or provide new tax breaks for the wealthy, while his proposals would grow the economy through fair play and help for the middle class.

"Instead of moderating their views even slightly, you now have Republicans in Washington, the ones running for president, proposing budgets that shower the wealthiest Americans with even more tax cuts, folks like me [who] don't need them," Obama said.

Not specifically mentioned was Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and Obama's likely opponent in this year's presidential election.
 

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (file photo)
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (file photo)

 

Romney delivered competing messages on Wednesday in telephone interviews with Ohio radio stations.

And in remarks in Charlotte, North Carolina, the site of the Democratic National Convention later this year, Romney accused Obama of failed economic policies.

"Even if you like Barack Obama, we can't afford Barack Obama.  It's time to get someone that will get this economy going and put the American people back to work with good jobs and rising incomes," Romney said.

In Washington, the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner from Ohio, said President Obama is spending more time campaigning than working with Republicans to help the economy.

"He spent the last six months campaigning from one end of the country to the other, instead of working with members of both [major] political parties [-- the Democrats and the Republicans -- ] here in Washington to address the serious challenges that our country faces," Boehner said.

President Obama concluded his one-day cross-country trip with remarks at campaign events in Michigan, a center for the U.S. automobile industry, which he has claimed credit for reviving.  Repeating his criticism of Republican policies, Obama appealed to supporters to ensure his reelection in November and to help "finish what we started in 2008."

You May Like

Pundits Split Over Long-Term US Role in Afghanistan

Security pact remains condition for American presence beyond 2014; deadline criticized More

US Eyes Islamic State Threat

Officials warn that IS could pose a threat to US homeland More

Video Ukraine: Captured Troops Proof of Russian Role in Separatist Fight

Moscow says Russian troops crossed into Ukrainian territory by mistake More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Scientists Unlock Mystery of Bird Flocksi
X
George Putic
August 25, 2014 4:00 PM
How can flocks of birds, schools of fish or herds of antelope suddenly change direction -- all the individuals adjusting their movement in concert, at seemingly the same time? British researchers now have some insights into this behavior, which has puzzled scientists for a long time. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video Scientists Unlock Mystery of Bird Flocks

How can flocks of birds, schools of fish or herds of antelope suddenly change direction -- all the individuals adjusting their movement in concert, at seemingly the same time? British researchers now have some insights into this behavior, which has puzzled scientists for a long time. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video Ukraine: Captured Troops Proof of Russian Role in Separatist Fight

Ukrainian officials say they have captured Russian soldiers on Ukrainian territory -- the latest accusation of Moscow's involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from the Ukrainian side of the battle, where soldiers are convinced of Russia's role.
Video

Video Rubber May Soon Come From Dandelions

Synthetic rubber has been around for more than a century, but quality tires for cars, trucks and aircraft still need up to 40 percent or more natural rubber content. As the source of natural rubber, the rubber tree, is prone to disease and can be affected by bad weather. So scientists are looking for replacements. And as VOA’s George Putic reports, they may have found one in a ubiquitous weed.
Video

Video Jewish Life in Argentina Reflected in Yiddish Tango

Jewish people from across Europe and Russia have been immigrating to Argentina for hundreds of years. They brought with them dance music that were eventually mixed with Argentine tango. The result is Yiddish tango -- a fusion of melodies and cultural experiences that is still evolving today. Elizabeth Lee reports from the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, where one band is bringing Yiddish tango to an American audience.
Video

Video Peace Returns to Ferguson as Community Tries to Heal

Thousands of people nationwide are expected to attend funeral services Monday in the U.S. Midwestern city of St. Louis, Missouri, for Michael Brown, the unarmed African-American teenager who was fatally shot by a white police officer August 9 in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. The shooting touched off days of violent demonstrations there, resulting in more than 100 arrests. VOA's Chris Simkins reports from Ferguson where the community is trying to move on after weeks of racial tension.
Video

Video Meeting in Minsk May Hinge on Putin Story

The presidents of Russia and Ukraine are expected to meet face-to-face Tuesday in Minsk, along with European leaders, for talks on the situation in Ukraine. Political analysts say the much welcomed dialogue could help bring an end to months of deadly clashes between pro-Russia separatists and Ukrainian forces in the country's southeast. But much depends on the actions of one man, Russian President Vladimir Putin. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
Video

Video Artists Shun Russia's Profanity Law

Russia in July enacted a law threatening fines for publicly displayed profanity in media, films, literature, music and theater. The restriction, the toughest since the Soviet era, aims to protect the Russian language and culture and has been welcomed by those who say cursing is getting out of control. But many artists reject the move as a patronizing and ineffective act of censorship in line with a string of conservative morality laws. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
Video

Video British Fighters on Frontline of ISIS Information War

Security services are racing to identify the Islamic State militant who beheaded U.S. journalist James Foley in Syria. The murderer spoke English on camera with a British accent. It’s estimated that several hundred British citizens are fighting for the Islamic State, also called ISIL or ISIS, alongside thousands of other foreign jihadists. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from the center of the investigation in London.

AppleAndroid