CINCINNATI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A space of only five minutes revealed a lot about the aggressive new phase an increasingly confident Mitt Romney is entering.
In a poke at President Barack Obama, the Republican challenger timed a speech in Ohio on the economy to begin just minutes before his Democratic rival gave a major address on the same topic in the same battleground state.
The timing of Romney’s speech was a sign of a new, more robust chapter in his campaign for the November 6 election as he climbs in the polls and catches up in fundraising.
Speaking in Cincinnati, the former Massachusetts governor accused Obama of empty words.
“Action speaks very loud. And if you want to see the results of his economic policy, look around Ohio, look around the country and you’ll see that a lot of people are hurting,” Romney said.
Romney has risen in national polls and in swing states that will decide the election by mostly sticking to script. In recent weeks, he has given campaign speeches in industrial settings mostly about the economy. He has largely steered clear of the national press corps that follows him, preferring to grant interviews to local TV and radio stations in states he visits.