By Justin Sink - 11/02/12 04:34 PM EDT
"I won't waste any time complaining about my predecessor," Romney said. "I won't spend my effort trying to pass partisan legislation unrelated to economic growth. From Day One, I will go to work to help Americans get back to work."
Romney gave one his harshest critiques of Obama in his remarks, describing hiring as "stagnant" hours after the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced the economy had added 171,000 jobs in October, beating expectations. But with more unemployed Americans looking for work, the unemployment rate ticked up — from 7.8 to 7.9 percent — a fact Romney seized on.
"Think of that — unemployment today is higher than the day when Barack Obama took office," Romney said.
Obama, meanwhile, touted the "real progress" the economy made under his tenure during a campaign stop in Oho.
“We’ve made real progress, but we are here today because we know we’ve got more work to do,” Obama told the boisterous crowd. “As long as there’s a single American who wants a job and can’t find one, as long as there are families working harder but falling behind, as long as there’s a child anywhere in this country whose languishing in poverty and barred from opportunity, our fight goes on. We’ve got more work to do.”
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