Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Romney Unleashes Fiery Rhetoric ; GOP Candidate Says Obama Neglected Jobs for Re-Election Bid

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Romney Unleashes Fiery Rhetoric ; GOP Candidate Says Obama Neglected Jobs for Re-Election Bid

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BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - A defiant Mitt Romney brushed aside more calls for the release of his tax returns on Wednesday and instead accused President Barack Obama of protecting his job at the expense of millions of unemployed Americans. Intensifying his attacks as Obama focused on official meetings in Washington, the Republican presidential candidate told an overflowing Ohio crowd that the Democrat hasn't met with his jobs council in more than six months. In that time, however, Romney says Obama held 100 fundraisers.

"His priority is not creating jobs for you," Romney declared. "His priority is trying to keep his own job. And that's why he's going to lose it."

For the often-reserved Romney, the fiery rhetoric marks an aggressive shift as he struggles to answer questions about his business career and personal tax returns. The former businessman, who would be among the nation's wealthiest presidents if elected, has broken from tradition so far, having released just one year of personal income tax returns and promised to release a second.

But in speeches across four states this week, Romney has thrilled supporters with aggressive attacks on Obama and charges of "crony capitalism." At the same time, the Republican's campaign has teased reporters with news that Romney's selection of a running mate could come any day, forcing new attention on what may be the most important decision of the campaign so far.

National polls suggest that the candidates are locked in a tight race less than four months before voters weigh in. Obama was expected to return to campaigning today for a two-day swing though Florida.

The growing war of words between the campaigns drew a response from House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who took a rare step into the presidential race Wednesday.

Congress' top Republican told reporters in Washington that Obama's criticism of Romney's career and taxes are meant to distract from the administration's handling of the economy. …

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