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Huntsman faults Obama’s anti-business climate

NORTH CHARLESTON — Jon Huntsman Jr. says the downgrade in the nation’s credit rating proves it’s time for the country to reverse what he called an unfriendly attitude toward businesses during President Obama’s tenure.

The GOP presidential hopeful is telling a South Carolina audience that the nation must grow its way out of this hole.

Mr. Huntsman is languishing in early polls nationally and in early primary states.

The former Utah governor met with reporters in North Charleston on Monday after a 90-minute tour of Boeing’s $750 million plant.

He says if Mr. Obama is serious about creating jobs, he will get the National Labor Relations Board off Boeing’s back. The NLRB has filed a complaint against Boeing alleging that it built the plant in South Carolina to avoid unionized labor in Washington state.


Pace accelerates; Romney campaign switches gears

CONCORD — Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign is shifting into a new gear.

The Republican has spent much of the year laying low so much that more than three weeks have passed since he last held a campaign event in New Hampshire.

His pace is starting to accelerate. The GOP front-runner made three stops in the first-in-the-nation primary state Monday and will return five more times before the end of the month. Aides said to expect more visits in Iowa and Florida, too.

Mr. Romney also is getting more aggressive with his message. That showed Monday, when he launched into a blistering critique of President Obama on the nation’s debt. He accused Mr. Obama of blaming other people for the woes.

Mr. Romney himself has been criticized as absent from the debt-ceiling debate.


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