Romney and Obama Tangle Over Jobs

Donkey and ElephantThe latest showdown between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney addresses something that's near and dear to all of our hearts: 

Jobs.

On Friday during a news conference in Washington, the President had this to say to reporters: “The private sector is doing fine. Where we’re seeing weaknesses in our economy have to do with state and local government.”

Mitt Romney jumped on Mr. Obama's statement later that day during a campaign speech in Iowa. “For the president of the United States to stand up and say the private sector is doing fine," he said, "is going to go down in history as an extraordinary miscalculation and misunderstanding by a president who’s out of touch.’’

Today, Democrats are fighting back.

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They're turning the tables on Mitt Romney by using another comment he made to supporters in Iowa on Friday:

[Obama] wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.

In a telephone news conference today, the Obama campaign accused Mr. Romney of suggesting "that we need fewer teachers and first responders altogether."

 

“If we want to grow our economy and create jobs, if we want to protect the community and the middle class," Obama for America Deputy Campaign Director Stephanie Cutter told reporters, "then the federal government has the means to step in and protect these state and local jobs. There are common sense ways to pay for this.”

Mr. Obama is trying to garner support for his American Jobs Act, which he says would prevent hundreds of thousands of teachers from being laid off and allow for the hiring of tens of thousands of police officers and fire fighters.

How do you make sense of all this back-and-forth on jobs?

Where you stand depends on how you'd answer this question: Should the federal government be responsible for backing the salaries of teachers and first responders or should this be left to local and state governments? Your answer could play a large role in how you vote in November.

What do you think?

 

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