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Obama keeps at Romney on job record

Obama hewed to his middle class-centered pitch in remarks in the district represented by one of his top Republican nemeses, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. He attacked Romney and his Republican allies for pursuing what the president branded as outdated and discredited economic policies.

Later on Saturday, in Clifton, Virginia, Obama again tried to tie Romney to the loss of American jobs, contrasting himself with his rival.

“I want to stop giving tax breaks to companies that are shipping jobs overseas,” Obama told the audience of 2,100 at a local high school. “Let's give those tax breaks that are investing right here in Virginia, right here in the United States of America, hiring American workers to make American products to sell around the world.”

While Obama hammered Romney for a second consecutive day in Virginia, Romney spent time with his family in New Hampshire. The candidate was taking a weekend off from public events. His last public event was Wednesday and he didn't plan other public campaign appearances until Tuesday.

Ever disciplined, Romney has kept his campaign message exclusively on economic themes, casting the election as a referendum on Obama's economic stewardship.

Romney aides began the week drumming Obama on stubbornly high unemployment which remains above 8 percent but watched their upper hand fade. Romney's advisers said Saturday they would keep to their plan and not be distracted by Obama's criticism.

The intensifying attacks on Romney's business record and the calls for greater openness came amid stepped up attention to discrepancies between Securities and Exchange Commission filings and Romney's recollection of his role at Boston-based Bain Capital.

Romney insists that he stepped down from his private equity firm years earlier than federal records indicate.

The new Obama ad was set to run in the pivotal battleground states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

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