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Romney keeps focus on economy while campaigning in Apopka



(AP) Mitt Romney listed indicators of economic misery Saturday night to suggest that a drop in unemployment hasn't reversed what ails the nation.

Romney rallied in battleground Florida the day after the government reported an unemployment rate of 7.8 percent in September, breaking a 43-month streak of joblessness of 8 percent or higher. The report also risked breaking Romney's momentum, gained in a strong debate performance days earlier.

Persistently high unemployment, long after the recession's official end, has been a leading threat to President Barack Obama's re-election. The improvement came as a marked relief to his campaign and a tricky development for his Republican rival.

Romney told an evening rally in Apopka that with poverty, the food stamp rolls and gas prices up, incomes down, college graduates struggling to find work and millions of people who've lost jobs no longer trying to get new ones, it's clear Obama doesn't know how to fix the economy. "I know how, and I will get the job done," he said. (full story here)


[Last modified: Sunday, October 7, 2012 1:25pm]


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