GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (LA Times) — Mitt Romney brought his presidential campaign to the West Slope of Colorado Tuesday, looking to energize his base here in a heavily Republican part of the state and highlight the continuing struggle to bring back jobs in a region where unemployment is higher than other parts of the nation.
In a question-and-answer session with voters at Central High School here, the unofficial Republican nominee took aim at President Obama’s tax plans — stating that his rival’s proposal to extend the Bush tax cuts for those making up to $250,000 — but not upper-income Americans — would harm “job creators.”
The tax cuts are due to expire at the end of the year.
The former Massachusetts governor called the president’s plan to extend tax cuts only for some Americans “another kick in the gut” after last week’s middling jobs report.
Obama’s plan, he said, was “the sort of thing only an extreme liberal can come up with.”
“When people in Washington say they’re lowering taxes, hold on to
your wallet,” Romney said before an enthusiastic audience that formed a
theater-in-the-round for the candidate inside the high school gym. “For
job creators and small businesses, he announced a massive tax increase,”
Romney said, drawing boos from the audience.
“So, at the very
time [that] the American people are seeing fewer jobs created than we
need, the president announces he’s going to make it harder for jobs to
be created. I just don’t think this president understands how our
economy works. Liberals have an entirely different view about what makes
America the economic powerhouse it is.”
Romney also went on a
counterattack on Democratic efforts to suggest that he outsourced jobs
while heading the private equity firm Bain Capital. He noted that the independent website factcheck.org found no evidence to support those claims.
president has been outsourcing a good deal of American jobs himself by
putting money into energy companies, solar and wind energy companies
that end up making their products outside the United States,” he said.
“If there is an outsourcer in chief, it’s the president of the United
States, not the guy who’s running to replace him.”
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