Romney Takes Jab at Obama in New Hampshire

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President Barack Obama spent Tuesday in New Hampshire promoting his jobs proposal -- but he also faced opposition from a GOP opponent.

"Tell them, 'Don't be a Grinch. Don't vote to raise taxes on working Americans during the holidays. Put the country before party. Put money back in the pockets of working families,'" Obama told a crowd.

New Hampshire is a key campaign state since the first presidential primary will be held there in January.

Republican candidate Mitt Romney welcomed Obama to the Granite State with the launch of his first television campaign.

The ad attacks the president by using his own words during a 2008 campaign speech to New Hampshire voters.

"I am confident that we can steer ourselves out of the crisis," a video in the ad shows Obama saying. "We need a rescue plan for the middle class, it will provide relief for homeowners. It's going to take a new direction. If we keep talking about the economy, we are going to lose."

Click play to watch Tyler James' report, followed by analysis from CBN News Chief Political Correspondent David Brody.

The Obama campaign called Romney's ad deceitful, claiming parts of the 2008 speech where taken out of context.

"I'm going to run an ad, that shows him and the things he said here in New Hampshire, in a speech here," Romney said on Fox News's "Hannity." "The contrast between what he said and what he did (is) so stark."

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who's rising in the polls, also campaigned this week in New Hampshire.

Gingrich unveiled a new retirement proposal for young workers. The plan would allow them to bypass social security and start private retirement accounts that can be invested in the market.

"You're actually building up genuine wealth," Gingrich said. "You're becoming a genuine owner of stocks and bonds by the time you're in your 50s and 60s."

"And the result is you're actually in a pretty good place to have money," he added.

A new Quinnipiac University poll showed Gingrich leading the rest of the GOP field with 26 percent of the vote.

Romney came in second with 22 percent of Republican voters and Herman Cain with 14 percent.

The GOP candidates will face off Tuesday night during a national security debate in Washington.

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