By Philip Rucker, The Washington Post
BETTENDORF, Iowa ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ Mitt Romney returned forcefully to his core economic themes at a rally here Wednesday, trying to reassert control over his presidential campaign as a Republican Senate candidateÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s errant remarks on abortion threaten to overwhelm his message.
Romney tore into President Obama over his stewardship of the nationÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s job market and reliance on deficit spending, saying the presidentÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s record is ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œinexcusableÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â and calling on Iowans who helped propel Obama to the White House four years ago to take a different course this fall.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œPresident Obama, bless his heart, has tried to substitute government for free people and it has not worked and it will never work,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Romney said. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œHe said heÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢d cut the deficit in half; he doubled it. He said heÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢d get people good jobs; instead, weÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ve gone 42 straight months with unemployment over 8 percent. Twenty-three million Americans out of work or stopped looking for work. ItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s inexcusable.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â … Read More