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    Obama: Romney’s policies similar to those of pre-recession

    President Obama spoke on the economy at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland.
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    President Obama spoke on the economy at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland.

    In a fiery campaign speech in Cleveland on Thursday, President Obama linked Mitt Romney with what he called the failed Republican fiscal policies of the last decade and declared the economy the top issue facing American voters.

    “There is one place where I stand in complete agreement with my opponent: This election is about our economic future,” Obama said at Cuyahoga Community College. “But more than anything else, this election presents a choice between two fundamentally different visions about how to create strong, sustained growth.”

    The president reiterated his call for increased taxes on wealthy Americans to help pay down the debt and preserve government aid in areas such as education and health care that benefit the middle and lower classes.


    Obama blamed Republican opposition to “any policy that asks the wealthiest Americans to pay even a nickel more in taxes” as the biggest source of gridlock in Washington.

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    In contrast, Obama said, a Romney agenda “will be simple and straightforward” -- roll back regulations on banks, insurance companies, polluters, and oil companies; retain the Bush-era tax cuts, and add $5 trillion more in tax cuts.

    “That may be their plan to win the election, but it’s not a plan to create jobs,” Obama said.

    Brian MacQuarrie can be reached at macquarrie@globe.com.