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Iowa: Romney calls Obama a 'footnote' in history

Posted at 4:03 PM on December 31, 2011 by Emily Kaiser
Filed under: Iowa

Mitt Romney took a break from Iowa campaigning Saturday, visiting New Hampshire for a campaign event.

During his speech, Romney focused his attacks on President Barack Obama rather than his fellow GOP candidates.

From CNN:

"I was asked yesterday by a reporter how the president would be remembered in history," Romney said. "I said as a footnote in history. We have major challenges and he hasn't dealt with them. We have a debt problem. What's he done about it? Made it worse!"

Romney's decision to forgo attacks on his GOP rivals reflects the comfortable leads he's established in the site of the first-in-the-nation primary. A CNN/Time/ORC International poll taken December 21-27 shows Romney running more than twenty points ahead of his closest competitor. Romney got the support of 44% of likely GOP primary voters, while Ron Paul, who was in second, garnered 17%.


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