Romney, Gingrich turn fire on Obama after speech
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 26, 2012, 00:41
  
Tampa: The two leading Republican presidential contenders took a short break from hammering one another, turning their fire on President Barack Obama and calling his State of the Union speech a rehash of what they see as policies that have failed to re-ignite the troubled US economy.

Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, again assailed the president with the standard Republican complaint that Obama wants to increase government power and impose higher taxes.

"We have a crisis of work in this country, and tonight President Obama proposed nothing in the way of policy changes that will get us to robust job creation and dramatic economic growth," Gingrich said in a statement Tuesday night.

"Instead, the president described his conviction that his big government is built to last and should be paid for with higher taxes."

Romney, who amassed a huge fortune as a venture capitalist before serving one term as Massachusetts governor, did not wait for Obama to deliver the speech before lambasting what he predicted the president would say.

"High unemployment and record home foreclosures," Romney said, speaking from the floor of a shuttered Florida factory.

"Debt that's too high and opportunities that are too few. This is the real state of our union. But you won't hear stories like these in President Obama's address tonight."

Obama "will make the opening argument in his campaign against a 'do-nothing Congress,'" Romney said. "It's shameful for a president to use the State of the Union to divide our nation."

Romney, Gingrich and former Sen. Rick Santorum are campaigning hard in Florida, a critical swing state that votes January 31 in the state-by-state nominating process toward the November general election. Florida also is one of the hardest hit in the recession, with unemployment of 10 per cent.

The fourth remaining Republican in the race, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, is bypassing the state to conserve campaign cash.

Both he and Santorum are nearly out of contention for the Republican nomination that has become a brutal political fight between Romney and Gingrich.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, January 26, 2012, 00:41


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