Romney Paints Obama as Economic Recovery Obstacle in Open Letter

Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011 01:07 PM

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney previewed a campaign message today based on portraying President Barack Obama as a failure, releasing an open letter to the man he’s running to replace that says his “policies have actively hindered economic recovery.”

Romney, whose campaign is using Obama’s visit to New Hampshire today as an opportunity to outline the anti-Obama themes Romney would press if he won the Republican nomination, also released his first TV ad of the campaign season there focusing on unfulfilled promises the president made on the stump.

“I will be blunt,” Romney wrote in the letter, which his campaign said would run as a full-page advertisement in New Hampshire newspapers. “Your policies have failed.”

He said Obama’s stimulus measure didn’t keep unemployment from rising and added to the debt, and that his health-care and financial industry overhauls have soured the nation’s business climate.

“Far from bringing the crisis to an end, your policies have actively hindered economic recovery. In some cases, they were the exact opposite of what our government should have been doing,” Romney wrote.

Romney has ranked at or near the top of national public opinion polls on the Republican presidential candidates during his second bid for the White House, yet he has failed so far to win enough backing from his party’s socially conservative base to hold off his rivals. Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich is the latest Republican candidate to attract voters’ interest, after Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann, Texas Governor Rick Perry and former fast-food executive Herman Cain had all taken their turns competing with Romney for front-runner status.

Gingrich was the preferred candidate of 26 percent of Republican voters in a Quinnipiac University poll released today, leading Romney who drew support from 22 percent.

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