Romney Starts Bus Tour after Ohio Showdown

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President Obama and GOP presidential rival Mitt Romney are campaigning hard Friday, fresh off their economic showdown in Ohio.

Romney is beginning a bus tour of six states -- New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Michigan -- vowing he'll be visiting the small cities and towns that the president forgot.

Obama, meanwhile, will host a White House reception celebrating gay pride month. Gays and lesbians are seen as one of his key voting blocs.

But the biggest issue for the two presidential contenders remains the economy. On Thursday, they offered dueling speeches in critical battleground state of Ohio.

Ohio Mudslinging

Their addresses marked the closest thing yet to a general election debate.

Although the two have very different economic philosophies, each candidate agreed that the other would be disastrous for the country's economic future.

"If you want to give the policies of the last decade another try, then you should vote for Mr. Romney," Obama told supporters in Cleveland.

Romney fired back from Cincinnati, saying the only thing the president had accomplished during is presidency is adding more to an already staggering national debt.

"He has put together almost as much public debt as all the prior presidents combined," Romney said. "You want four more years of that? You call that forward? That's forward over a cliff!"

Romney promised to cut taxes and spending and outlined a three-point plan for how he'd do it if elected that included the following:

  • Improving domestic energy production,
  • Getting rid of President Obama's health care overhaul,
  • Reducing the deficit.

"The job of the government as it relates to the economy is to make America the most attractive place in the world for entrepreneurs, and innovators, investors-job creators," Romney said.

"I want America to be home to the best job-creating machine the world knows," he declared. "I want that to come back again." 

The president did not reveal a new economic plan but went on the attack, again focusing a lot of his attention on the Bush administration.

He said the economic problems we face today are more than a decade in the making. He also delved into class warfare again, saying that making the wealthiest of Americans pay their fair share is key to growing the economy.

"What drags us all down is an economy in which there's an ever-widening gap between a few folks who are doing extraordinarily well and a growing number of people who, no matter how hard they work, can barely make ends meet," Obama said.

After their economic speeches the two both went on to separate fundraisers. Altogether Obama's campaign raised more than $4.5 million, while Romney's raised $3.5 million.

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