Obama video hammers Romney on funding for teachers, police officers

President Obama's campaign on Monday continued hammering Mitt Romney over his opposition to a plan to provide federal money to states to help retain local education and emergency response workers.

"Mitt Romney's economic plan? He wants to cut jobs for firefighters, police and teachers," the video reads.


It goes on to link Romney's stance as a presidential candidate to his time as governor of Massachusetts.

"During Gov. Romney's tenure, local government was cut dramatically," says Rob Dolan, mayor of Melrose, Mass.

"We know that behind budgets there are real people," continues Carl Sciortino, a Massachusetts state representative.

In a series of Web videos, Obama's campaign has hit Romney's record in Massachusetts as a failing one, arguing that if his proposals didn't work then, they won't work now.

The video builds on another released last Friday, which charged that "Romney economics" would lead to fewer teachers, firefighters and police officers.

Romney criticized the federal intervention into local budgets on the campaign trail Friday. 

"He wants another stimulus, he wants to hire more government workers. He says we need more fireman, more policemen, more teachers. Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people," Romney said.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), who survived a recall election attempt last week, however, sought to distance himself from Romney's remarks, saying Sunday on CBS that teachers and police officers were "not what I think of when I think of big government.”