Romney back to campaign attacks on Obama after Sandy pause

ROANOKE, Virginia Thu Nov 1, 2012 12:31pm EDT

1 of 4. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney waves to the crowd at a campaign rally in Tampa, Florida October 31, 2012.

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ROANOKE, Virginia (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney returned to campaign attacks against President Barack Obama on Thursday after a pause for the storm Sandy, hitting the Democrat for proposing more government bureaucracy.

Romney swept into must-win Virginia looking to increase turnout among Republican voters in a conservative area of the state to help offset the Democrats' advantage the northern area. Virginia went for Obama in 2008 but may flip for the Republican this year.

"Turnout here makes a big difference," Romney told a crowd gathered inside a window and door factory.

With the race too close to call in the final five days before Tuesday's election, Romney is engaged in a frenzy of campaigning in battleground states that will likely decide the race.

The former governor of Massachusetts had not mentioned Obama's name in two days of events this week as he toned down campaign rhetoric while Americans along the East Coast reeled from the superstorm Sandy.

But with the recovery now under way, Romney resumed his standard campaign fare of singling out the president for criticism.

He leaped on a comment that Obama made in an interview aired by MSNBC on Monday in which the president said he would like to create a new government agency headed by a "secretary of business' to try to help businesses create jobs.

"I've said that I want to consolidate a whole bunch of government agencies. We should have one Secretary of Business, instead of nine different departments that are dealing with things like giving loans to SBA (the Small Business Administration) or helping companies with exports," Obama had said.

This comment bolstered Romney's charge that the president wants to expand government rather than boost the private sector.

"I don't think adding a new chair to his cabinet will help add millions of jobs on Main Street," Romney said.

Romney's schedule in the coming days is a mix of travel in swing states and at least one effort to expand his campaign into Wisconsin, a state that has gone Democratic the last several elections.

He is to travel to Wisconsin on Friday and then visit Ohio, a state a Republican candidate normally has to win in order to take the White House.

He also has weekend plans to visit New Hampshire, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada in the battle to put together the 270 electoral votes that are needed for election.

(Editing by Alistair Bell and Vicki Allen)

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Nullcorp wrote:
Here’s the guy who is on the record saying he wants to shut down FEMA and make states responsible for their own disaster recovery efforts, while the government of New York asks the federal government to cover 100% of the entire $6 billion in estimated recovery expenses. Romney wants to dismantle the support structures that keep the country going. He calls it “bureaucracy” is easy because that word has a universally negative connotation, but the truth is that Romney and his party want to dismantle the federal government piece by piece until there’s nothing left to protect the health and well-being of Americans and the environment. Guys like him are the modern-day robber barons, making a killing off of quasi-legal pyramid schemes and offshore tax-free accounts instead of railroads and steel. Electing this guy means regression on all fronts.

Nov 01, 2012 12:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
parkkim wrote:
You say Romney’s back to attacking Obama. Where are the attacks? I see only one disagreement.

I don’t care who you’re rooting for, I think everyone’s getting sick of such one-sided reporting. Just report the facts and nothing else. Let us make up our own minds. Do you honestly think that brainwashing and deceiving us is going unnoticed?

Nov 01, 2012 12:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
brotherkenny4 wrote:
I don’t recall us ever being so easily mislead by false information. Of course, maybe we just don’t care, as long as we can get something out of it. But the too, republicans promise good time for those that get trickled on, but it never really happens does it?

Nov 01, 2012 12:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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