The Washington Times - May 15, 2012, 10:55AM

Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio kicked off the Republican National Committee’s second day of joining forces with the Romney campaign, piling blame on President Obama for the nation’s economic woes.

Mr. Turner said in a conference call with reporters voters are turning their attention to the presidential race and recognizing that Mr. Obama has failed to improve their economic prospects.


“This president has a record of trying to have government lead the economy and government lead the economy through spending — and they’ve seen what that record has produced,” he said, before highlighting that on Mr. Obama’s watch the nation has seen 38 straight months of unemployment above 8 percent — with 12.7 million Americans still out of work — and the national debt climb to 15.6 trillion.

The conference call is one of seven that the RNC has arranged Tuesday in swing states, ranging from Florida to Virginia and Nevada. Mr. Romney, meanwhile, plans to cap his day with an event in Des Moines, Iowa, where he is expected to say that the rising debt and increased spending “threaten what it means to be an American.”

“A prairie fire of debt is sweeping across Iowa and our nation and every day we fail to act we feed that fire with our own lack of resolve,” according to excerpts from Mr. Romney’s speech released by his campaign. “This is not a Democratic or Republican problem. That fire could care less if you have a donkey or an elephant in your front lawn, it’s still coming for your house. There’s plenty of blame to go around for both parties. But in my years leading businesses, an Olympics and a state, I’ve learned one simple principle of leadership that never falters: Leaders lead. I will lead us out of this debt and spending crisis.”

As part of the all-out offensive, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus also penned an op-ed for the New Hampshire Union Leader in which he argues that Mr. Obama economic approach — which he said include a “wasted $831 billion on his stimulus bill” and $5 trillion in new debt — threatens “our freedom.”

“In November, a vote for President Obama is a vote for more spending and more debt, less prosperity and limited opportunity. A vote for Gov. Mitt Romney is a vote for spending reforms and efficient government — and thus, for protecting our freedom,” he wrote.