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Obama Camp Hits Romney At Mass. State House

Obama and Romney supporters turn out for a State House news conference. (State House News Service, via Twitter)

Obama and Romney supporters at the State House Thursday (State House News Service, via Twitter)

Update at 2 p.m.: Here’s an excerpt of the Newscast recap of the tense event, from WBUR’s Monica Brady-Myerov (Update: And here’s Monica’s feature report):

As dozens of Mitt Romney supporters heckled and chanted, President Obama’s senior strategist, David Axelrod, said Romney’s economic plans didn’t work in Massachusetts and won’t work for the nation.

“After selling himself to Massachusetts as an economic savior, his Massachusetts record was alarmingly weak,” Axelrod said. “Under Gov. Romney, the state was 47th in job creation, manufacturing jobs vanished at twice the national rate, and household incomes fell even when they were rising nationally.”

Axelrod said public sector jobs grew at six times the rate of private sector jobs. And he said Romney claimed to be anti-tax but instead raised fees more than any other governor in the nation.

Earlier Thursday, state Republican leaders held a preemptive event where they vigorously defended Romney’s economic record as governor.

“The reason that Axelrod is here, the reason they are attacking Gov. Romney’s record … is that they have nothing positive to say about the last four years,” said state Rep. Daniel Winslow, who served as Romney’s chief legal counsel for two years, according to the AP.

The AP adds:

Axelrod’s appearance in Boston and the release of a new Web video by the Obama campaign signaled a renewed emphasis by the Democrats on Romney’s record as governor.

For more on the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s tenure as governor, late last year we reported a six-part series, “Romney’s Roots In Massachusetts.”

Update at 12:10 p.m.: The Boston Globe’s Glen Johnson tweets that “reporters have to kneel at podium to ask [Axelrod] questions over Romney team’s chants.”

Buzzfeed’s Zeke Miller reports that Axelrod is also getting asked about Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.

Update at 11:55 a.m.: There’s quite a crowd at the State House steps, with both Obama and Romney supporters holding signs and shouting.

As BuzzFeed reported ahead of the news conference:

Romney supporters [chanted] “Solllyyynndraaa” like Bruins fans heckling the visiting team.

As Obama supporters chanted “Fired up, and Ready to go,” Romney supporters added “home.”

Now that the news conference has begun, WBUR’s Monica Brady-Myerov reports that Obama backers at the podium are “being drowned out by shouting Romney supporters.”

Original post:

President Obama’s re-election campaign and Massachusetts Democrats are holding a news conference on the State House steps to criticize Mitt Romney’s record as governor.

The president’s top strategist, David Axelrod, is joining Democratic mayors and legislators to criticize the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s job-creation and education records during his one term as governor.

As the Associated Press sets up the event:

Democrats cite federal statistics that Massachusetts was 47th out of 50 states during Romney’s tenure from January 2003 to January 2007.

Earlier Thursday, Republican legislators staged a pre-emptive event in which they said the state’s unemployment rate dropped while Romney was governor, and that he also closed a multibillion dollar deficit as governor without raising taxes and improved the state’s bond rating.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SITJ64UVYVUXW6RWNXELUBTGZM StreekyD

    They can’t defend Obama’s record for the last three years, Solyndra didn’t work, Obumnuts health care law will be shot down by the Supremes. No Budgets passed, No plans to balance the budget, no credability to ask for a second term.
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    IRAQ..Obama said “all combat troops will be home in 16 months”….LIAR

    Great Depression..Obama TOLD us that HE averted the next great depression
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    Unemployment..Obama said we would go no higher than 8% if we pass his
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    GULF Seafood..Obama declared “the seafood from the Gulf is fine to
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    IRAQ..Obama said the Surge FAILED and the US was defeated but now he takes
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    FOX NEWS..Obama said “Fox is not real news.”..NOW they sit in the front row
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    GREEN JOBS…Obama said HE would CREATE 5 million green jobs…LIAR

    National Debt..Obama said “I will not add 1 DIME to the debt..he’s added 3
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    PAY/GO…After demanding Pay/Go Obama passes the unemployment bill
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    Healthcare Negotiations..Obama said “they’ll be on CSPAN so everyone can
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    Transparency..Obama claimed “I will not sign a bill until it is POSTED for
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    Border Security…Obama is fighting against a state trying to protect the US
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    Terrorist Rights..Obama’s first act as president was to give them more
    rights…FAILURE

    Prosecution of 9-11 terrorists…Obama wants them tried at Ground
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    GM..Obama declared “I will not let GM go into bankruptcy”, so Obama gives
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    BEER Summit..Calls a WHITE cop a racist then tries to have beer with
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    Russian Spy Exchange..Russia gets 6 the US gets 2….FAILURE

    Telepromtor with 1st Graders…Obama stood in their classroom telepromtor in
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    Summer Jobs Tour..Obama and Biden are celebrating all the new jobs
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    Illegal Immigration…Obama wants the 12 million law breakers to be
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    NYC Mosque at Ground Zero..Obama isn’t trying to stop it he’s helping get it
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    40 Bill Mortgage Plan..Obama claimed “this will keep people in their
    homes”..FAILURE

    EGYPT Speech…Obama declares “the US is really a Muslim Country”…FAILURE

    Flying Air Force 1 over NYC…Obama wanted new pictures of his plane…FAILURE

    Tennessee FLOOD Response..Obama did absolutely nothing…FAILURE

    1 Trillion Dollar Government Jobs Bailout (Stimulus) that create no private
    jobs…FAILURE

    27 Billion Dollar follow on Government Jobs Bailout (happening now)….FAILURE

    OBAMA WORLD STAGE FAILURES

    Olympics…Obama goes to Copenhagen and gets the US out in the 1st
    round…FAILURE

    Afghanistan..TOP US General RESIGNS over Obama’s plan for US
    DEFEAT…FAILURE

    G20 Summit..Obama tells them to keep spending money, they say NO…FAILURE

    South America …Obama sits like a COWARD as Chavez hands him his book to
    read..FAILURE

    Mexico Border…Obama sends a 1/3 the troops Bush sent while not even
    visiting…FAILURE

    Haiti Response..Obama gave it 2 days never to be heard of again…FAILURE

    Iranian Uprising…Obama sits on HIS HANDS while people die in the
    streets..FAILURE

    North Korea..Obama hides while he sends Hillary to handle the
    situation…FAILURE

    Global Climate Change Consensus…Obama led but nobody followed…FAILURE

    Bowing to 3rd World Leaders…Obama goes to his knees every chance he
    gets…FAILURE  

    • jaime

      well done.

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