President Obama lambasted GOP rival Mitt Romney on his jobs plan and business record in the Granite State today, jumping on a report claiming the former Bay State governor’s old firm helped outsource jobs overseas.
Obama, in New Hampshire ahead of several fundraising events in Massachusetts today, mocked Romney for a Washington Post report last week claiming Bain Capital invested in companies that outsourced jobs to China and India.
“They tried to clear this up by telling us that there’s actually a difference between outsourcing and off-shoring,” Obama said of the Romney team’s response yesterday. “That’s what they said. You cannot makes this stuff up. Now what Gov. Romney doesn’t undstand is this — if you’re a worker whose job went overseas, you don’t need someone telling you the difference between outsourcing and off-shoring, you need someone who’s going to wake up every single day and fight for American jobs.”
Obama said Romney will inflict $5 trillion in tax cuts that will slash education, clean energy and Medicare, and repeatedly told the crowd that Romney wanted to hand “millionaires and billionaires” tax cuts.
“When Gov. Romney tells you he’s some sort of financial wizard who’s going to fix the economy, that’s how he’s going to do it,” Obama said to a packed crowd at the Oyster River High School gymnasium this afternoon.
By contrast, Obama said he will make the nation’s wealthiest “pay a little more, just like they did when Bill Clinton was president.”
Obama arrived about 30 minutes late to an enthusiastic crowd that stood outside in pouring rain to clear security.
The visit underscores how seriously the president is taking New Hampshire’s four electoral votes in what’s expected to be a close re-election contest. The Granite State is one of a few battleground states that could make or break Obama’s second-term hopes.
“This is going to be a close election,” Obama said. “From now until November the other side will spend more money that at any time in American history.”
His stop in Durham today is part of a day-long trip through New Hampshire and Massachusetts, where he’ll attend a $40,000-a-head round table discussion with 25 people at Hamersley’s Bistro in the South End followed by a sold-out fundraiser at Symphony Hall, with tickets ranging from $250 to $10,000.
Later, he travels to Weston for a dinner party at the home of Judity and Douglass Krupp where tickets went for nearly $18,000 each.