Romney lays out attack in open letter to Obama

Mitt Romney sent President Obama an open letter on Tuesday laying out how the former Massachusetts governor plans to criticize the president if Romney wins the Republican nomination.

The letter comes the same day Obama visits New Hampshire to tout his administration's job-creation plan.

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In the letter, Romney first writes that Obama inherited a "hard hand" when he took office.

"You came into office in the midst of an economic crisis that was not of your making. You were asked to face great challenges and to solve difficult problems. The tasks before you would have taxed the abilities of any new president," Romney writes.

But, Romney argues, Obama's attempts to fix the economy have not worked.

"But we now have had three years to watch your policies unfold and to assess their results. The evidence is in and it is unequivocal," Romney continues in the letter. "I will be blunt. Your policies have failed. It is bad enough that they have fallen short even by the standards your own administration set for itself. But things are much worse than that. Far from bringing the crisis to an end, your policies have actively hindered economic recovery. In some cases, they were the exact opposite of what our government should have been doing."

Romney intends to hammer at many of the favorite policies of the Obama administration, including the healthcare reform law and Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation.

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"If companies have stopped hiring in America, it is in no small part because of policies, including ObamaCare, Dodd-Frank and an astonishing tangle of new federal regulations that have snuffed out investment. If we are ever to get America back to work, they all must be repealed," Romney writes.

Romney writes that he also plans to criticize Obama for catering to environmental groups and civil service unions.

"I will also be talking about how you have catered to favored special interests, like civil-service unions and environmentalists, at the expense of American workers," Romney writes. "Take your decision to 'delay' building the state-of-the-art Keystone XL oil pipeline. Some 20,000 American jobs are at stake. You may not regard that as a large number, but every one of the unemployed men and women whose future you have sacrificed to satisfy your political base in the environmentalist left deserve far better. And this is but one of many examples I can cite."

Read the letter below:

Romney open letter to Obama