BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Mitt Romney is trying to take the political offensive against President Barack Obama.
Romney, campaigning in Louisiana, today accused Obama of cronyism that — quote — "stinks." The Romney campaign contends that Obama's Energy Department has steered loans and grants to several companies connected to the president's political supporters.
An Obama campaign spokeswoman says the Energy Department decisions were "made without regard to political connections."
Meanwhile, an unfazed Obama needled his GOP rival for finally having a job-creation plan— for people overseas.
At an Ohio event, the president cited an article in the publication Tax Notes suggesting Romney's tax proposals would encourage U.S. companies to create up to 800,000 jobs abroad.
At the same time, questions about Romney's tenure at Bain Capital show no signs of letting up, at least for the time being. Romney went on Fox News to complain that all Obama can do is attack him on Bain and other subjects rather than take useful steps to improve the economy.
178-w-32-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP correspondent, with Mitt Romney)--As the Obama campaign continues attacking his record at Bain Capital, Mitt Romney says it's time to flip the narrative. AP correspondent Sagar Meghani reports. (16 Jul 2012)
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208-a-15-(President Barack Obama, speaking at campaign town hall event)-"shipping jobs overseas"-President Barack Obama says an analysis finds that Mitt Romney's tax plan would create some 800,000 jobs -- overseas, not in the U.S. (16 Jul 2012)
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206-a-08-(President Barack Obama, speaking at campaign town hall event)-"be in America (2nd reference; applause fades)"-President Barack Obama says a new tax analysis concludes that Mitt Romney's plan to free companies from taxes on foreign holdings would create 800,000 jobs -- but that's not the end of the story. (16 Jul 2012)
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171-a-09-(Mitt Romney, Republican presidential candidate, in interview with 'Fox and Friends')-"about his record"-In an interview with 'Fox and Friends,' Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says the president needs to spend more time talking about his own accomplishments. COURTESY: FOX News Channel ((mandatory on-air credit)) (16 Jul 2012)
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