Romney to N.H.: You ‘don’t have to settle’ for Obama

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“Every town counts because the families who have lost a job, faced a foreclosure, or been forced to spend the money they were saving for college just to make ends meet are not statistics - They are our fellow Americans,” he said.

Freshman Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty introduced the governor at his two stops. Over the next five days, Mr. Romney plans to share a burger with House Speaker John Boehner in Ohio, and campaign alongside a pair of Wisconsinites - Rep. Paul Ryan, House budget committee chair, and Gov. Scott Walker, whose political star is soaring after he beat back Democrats efforts to recall him.

This leg of his trip comes a day after Mr. Obama tried to hit the reset button on his re-election campaign with a speech in Cleveland, where he said the election will determine the long-term trajectory of the economy. Casting himself as a champion of the middle class, Mr. Obama warned that Mr. Romney plans to circle back to the same sort of Bush-era policies that created the nation’s economic woes.

Mr. Obama has struggled in recent weeks to stem the flow of bad press that has snowballed since the latest jobs report showed the country added a disappointing 69,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate ticked up the 8.2 percent. Mr. Romney and the Republican National Committee also raised more money than him and nation Democrats last month. To top it off, Mr. Obama handed Republicans a fat political target to train their fire at last week after he suggested the private sector is “doing just fine.”

Mr. Romney once again seized on those comments Friday to paint Mr. Obama as being out of touch with what is happening in the economy. And he panned the president’s roughly hour-long speech Thursday in Ohio, describing it as “a very … long … speech.”

“You might have thought that it would be a moment when he would acknowledge his policy mistakes and suggest a new course. But no. He promised four more years, of more of the same. Four. More. Very. Long. Years,” he said. “That’s really the divide in this race. The President thinks we’re on the right track and his policies are working. And I…I believe with all my heart that we can — that we must — do better!”

As Mr. Romney spoke at the farm, the political divide was clearly spelled out in the skies above him, where two airplanes flew overhead with dueling message - one towing a banner that read “Romney for President - 2012” and another towing a banner that read “Romney’s Every Millionaire Counts Tour.”

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