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Friday, May 4, 2012, 1:23 p.m.
 
Mitt Romney today made his third visit to Western Pennsylvania to talk about the economy after meeting privately with former rival Rick Santorum. "President Obama is out of ideas and out of excuses and in 2012 it is time to put him out of business," Romney said to a crowd of workers and supporters gathered at Sauereisen, a family-owned manufacturing company in O'Hara. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee highlighted his jobs plan and criticized Obama for numbers the Labor Department released showing the United States added fewer workers than forecast in April as the unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 percent. Romney said the drop is not cause for celebration. "It is not because we created new jobs, the reason rate came down is that 340,000 people stopped looking for jobs," he said. Romney said his economic plan includes freeing up regulations that hinder jobs that hinge on energy resources such as coal, natural gas and oil. "But the first thing I will do is get rid of Obamacare," he said, adding that the president's liberal policies don't work. "People ask me what would I do to create jobs, well one thing I would not do is create more jobs in the federal government," he said to cheers from the audience. Democrats responded that Romney failed to spur job growth as governor of Massachusetts. "Romney claims we need a businessman as president, but his private-sector record isn't any better," state Democratic Chairman Jim Burn of Millvale said. "As a corporate buyout specialist, Romney bought up companies, saddled them with debt, and drove some into bankruptcy, killing jobs while walking away with millions of dollars of profit." Company president Eric Sauereisen said he was thrilled to have Romney highlight his company's accomplishments. "We have been in business since 1899 and we have never had anyone running for president visit our facility," he said. The company, which has fewer than 40 employees, makes ceramic-based cements that withstand high temperatures for electrical components such as heating elements, resistors, igniters and halogen lamps. At Sauereisen's warehouse, Mark Swartz, 50, of Delmont said he didn't support Romney until after he became the party's de facto nominee. Then, Swartz said, "I was behind him 200 percent." Romney's appeal, he said, is "limited government, and job creation." The former Massachusetts governor met with Santorum, the former Pennsylvania senator who quit his presidential bid in April, at the Mt. Washington office of Santorum senior aide John Brabender. The meeting was private, lasting 90 minutes. Brabender joked both men emerged unscathed and that the meeting centered on issues important to both men and could be a prelude to an endorsement. Brabender said both men have a goal of beating Obama in the fall. Allegheny County Democrats and union leaders met outside the Romney event in O'Hara "to highlight Mitt Romney's record of devastating manufacturing as a corporate buyout specialist and as governor of Massachusetts," they said in an Obama campaign statement. Obama's campaign said "the president is rebuilding a job-creating economy that's built to last. ... He's reviving America's manufacturing industry to create good-paying jobs, cutting taxes to increase middle-class security, and asking everyone to do their fair share so that we can reduce our deficit and invest in the things we need to grow, like education, innovation, and infrastructure." Sewickley attorney Keith Rothfus, who will face Johnstown Democrat Mark Critz in the race for the redrawn 12th Congressional District, said he's confident that Romney could win Pennsylvania. "After yet another report from the Labor Department that job growth is stagnant, Romney's message of job creation is a breath of fresh air," he said. "We need to ... help small businesses growth." Matthew Marlin, chair of the Duquesne University Business School, said the Labor Department employment numbers show it "looks like the economy is losing steam." A review of data onmanufacturing hours worked could show fewer manufacturing jobs exist. "Each employee is working more hours. Instead of hiring new workers, employers are giving existing workers more overtime," Marlin said. Obama's campaign said it plans two rallies at universities this weekend in the battleground states of Ohio and Virginia. A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday showed the president losing support in Ohio and Florida, but leading Romney in Pennsylvania. Despite the fact that no Republican has won Pennsylvania in a presidential contest since 1988,Villanova University political scientist Lara Brown said it is a wise move for Romney to continue topush his plan for fixing the economy. Romney has more than a fighting chance to win Pennsylvania, or to come close, which forces the president to spend money he should be spending in other swing states, said Brown. "There is a new independent streak that is growing in this state," Brown said, noting Republicans gained local and statewide offices since Obama took office in 2009.

 

 

 
 


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