Obama campaigns in Florida as Romney continues attack on poor jobs numbers
St. Petersburg, FL, United States (4E) – As Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stepped up the attacks against President Barack Obama on his failure to revive the country’s ailing economy after the poor jobs report on Friday, the president focused his attention to battleground state Florida during the weekend.
Obama launched a two-day bus tour with a campaign event in St. Petersburg, Florida. Repeating his message heard in the past several days, the president told the audience in the rally that November’s elections will be clearest choice between two visions for America’s future that the current generation will undertake.
At an event in Virginia Beach, Romney quickly got down to business by blasting the president’s handling of the economy after Friday’s disappointing jobs report. The former Massachusetts governor addressed the crowd at the Military Aviation Museum consisting of veterans. He said the week has been filled with negative news but assured the people present in the gathering that things will move to a better direction when he is elected president.
This past week the Democrats were at Charlotte, North Carolina for the National Democratic Convention where the mood was high after speeches by First Lady Michelle Obama and former president Bill Clinton electrified the party faithful.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ non-farm payroll report released on Friday was a reality check, after it showed just 96,000 jobs were created in August, increasing concerns that the economy has lost its recovery momentum.
The bureau also reported that the unemployment rate last month fell to 8.1 per cent from 8.3 per cent in July, although the drop was mainly because more Americans have given up looking for work.