By Adele Hampton and Meghashyam Mali - 09/03/12 06:05 PM EDT
President Obama used football to mock opponent Mitt Romney’s tax plan on Monday, calling it “unnecessary roughness.”
In a Labor Day address to auto union workers in Toledo, Ohio, Obama played off Romney’s recent comments that if elected he would coach America to a “winning season.”
“After the convention, Gov. Romney came here to Ohio and he said he’s going to be the coach that leads America to a winning season,” said Obama. “Problem is everybody’s already seen his economic playbook. We know what’s in it.
“That’s on first down. Sounds like unnecessary roughness to me,” said Obama to laughter.
Obama is on a swing-state tour on his way to the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C., where he is slated to speak on Thursday.
In his Ohio speech, Obama defended the auto bailout, saying it had helped revitalize the industry and save jobs in the Midwest.
“I stood with American workers, I stood with American manufacturing, I believed in you, I bet on you. I’ll make that bet any day of the week and because of that fact three years later that bet is paying off for America,” Obama said.