President Obama slammed Republican challenger Mitt Romney's record as governor of Massachusetts in a speech to supporters during a campaign stop in New Hampshire.
Speaking to a crowd of 8,500, Obama criticized Romney's tenure as governor while offering his own economic plan, which his campaign recently re-released in a final push to turn out the vote in advance of Election Day.
"As President Clinton said, he does have a lot of brass because he’s not talking about big change, but all he’s offering is a big rerun of the same policies that created so much hardship for so many Americans," Obama said.
The president also accused Romney of raising fees during his time as Massachusetts governor and creating fewer jobs than nearly every state in the nation during his tenure -- evidence, he said, that Romney "has a track record of saying one thing and doing something else." He also jabbed at those who have questioned whether he was born in the U.S. with a comment that Romney raised fees on birth certificates, "which would have been expensive for me," he said.
Romney's campaign pushed back against the president's speech, highlighting that while Romney was governor he "worked with Democrats to close a $3 billion deficit, balance[d] four budgets while cutting taxes 19 times," and lowered the unemployment rate.
"Today’s desperate attacks are laughable coming from a President whose only plan for a second term is to recycle the failed policies of the last four years while raising taxes by $2 trillion," said Ryan Williams, a Romney spokesman, in a statement.
In contrast, Obama said that he's kept his promises during his time as president, ticking off some of the main accomplishments he and his supporters tout when making a pitch for a second term: The killing of Osama bin Laden, the auto bailout and the withdrawal from Afghanistan, among others.
He went on to propose his plan for a second term, "that will actually create jobs, that will lower our deficit, and will actually provide the middle class with a greater sense of security," he said. It's the same plan that the Obama campaign has suggested supporters print out and share with friends and family while canvassing for their support, and the campaign has publicized it throughout the past week.
The stop was Obama's sixth this cycle in New Hampshire, a battleground state that could be crucial to Obama's chances on Election Day. And it comes as a storm threatens to ravage the coast, causing the candidates to shuffle their travel plans in their final 10-day campaign push.
The campaign canceled Michelle Obama's stop in New Hampshire scheduled for this Tuesday, and both Romney and Vice President Biden canceled Sunday stops in Virginia.