Romney, Obama Question Each Other's Records

Jul 16, 2012
Originally published on July 16, 2012 6:22 pm
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And I'm Audie Cornish. From the presidential campaign trail today, more attacks: On President Obama's stewardship of the economy and Mitt Romney's leadership of Bain Capital. Each side accuses the other of distorting its record. We have details from NPR's national political correspondent Don Gonyea.

DON GONYEA, BYLINE: President Obama was in Cincinnati, dropping in on a Skyline Chili where he ordered a local favorite: a hotdog covered with spaghetti smothered with chili and beans. Fueled up, he took the stage at his first town hall this election. He spoke of the economic crisis he inherited.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Our goal has not just been to get back to where we were before the crisis struck, but rather to build an economy that lasts, to build an economy that says no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, no matter what your last name is, you can make it if you try here in America.

GONYEA: The president went after Mitt Romney on the economy.

OBAMA: Today we found out there's a new study out by nonpartisan economists that says Governor Romney's economic plan would, in fact, create 800,000 jobs. There's only one problem: The jobs wouldn't be in America.

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GONYEA: Romney's campaign appearance today was on television, in an interview on the "Fox & Friends" morning show on Fox News.

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GONYEA: The Obama campaign has pressured Romney to release more than the two years of his personal tax returns that he's promised. There are questions about his tax rate, about overseas accounts and whether he was truly uninvolved in all Bain Capital activities after 1999. Now, some conservative commentators say Romney could clear the air by releasing more returns. His reaction?

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GONYEA: A Monday in mid-July is often a slow day during a presidential campaign - not this year. Don Gonyea, NPR News. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.