(WASHINGTON) — With bullet points and infographics, the Obama campaign is making a primary-eve case against Mitt Romney, using his stint as Massachusetts governor as “Exhibit A.”
“Today, Romney is hitting the ‘repeat’ button,” deputy Obama campaign manager Stephanie Cutter wrote in a memo hours before Massachusetts primary voters head to the polls.
Massachusetts is one of 10 states holding GOP primaries or caucuses on Tuesday.
“He is making the same case to America that he made to Massachusetts a decade ago. He is promising to grow jobs and shrink deficits, even though his past record fails to support his ability to do so,” she said. “What’s worse is that his current policy promises run counter to these goals.”
Cutter points out that under Romney’s tenure between 2002 and 2006, Massachusetts was the 47th state out of 50 in job growth; manufacturing output dropped by twice the national average; state debt rose by 16.4 percent; and state government — as measured by jobs created — grew six times as quickly as the private sector.
The memo also warns of the impact of Romney’s proposed tax and spending cuts, which would “disproportionately favor the wealthiest Americans,” according to analysis from the independent Tax Policy Center and Center for Budget and Policy Priorities.
The Obama campaign has focused almost exclusively on Romney in the days before Super Tuesday, seeking to undermine his candidacy as the most likely and formidable challenger to President Obama this fall.
Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said the latest Obama attack is an attempt to distract from the president’s economic record.
“As governor, Mitt Romney grew the economy, helped create thousands of jobs, balanced budgets and cut taxes,” she said. ”President Obama and his campaign obsessively continue on in their ‘kill Romney’ strategy with distortions and false negative attacks.”
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