Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Thursday blasted President Barack Obama for being "more intent on punishing people" than creating jobs. Speaking at a closed factory in Lorain, Ohio, Romney told supporters that the
April 19, 2012

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Thursday blasted President Barack Obama for being "more intent on punishing people" than creating jobs.

Speaking at a closed factory in Lorain, Ohio, Romney told supporters that the empty building was proof that the president's economic plan wasn't working.

"If you want to know where his vision leads, open your eyes," the candidate said. "Lost jobs, lost homes, lost dreams."

"His failures mean that his campaign is not going to be about vision, it's going to be about division. He's going to be focusing on different Americans and trying to scapegoat other people for his own failures. You will see him attack success day in and day out," Romney continued, referring to Obama recently telling a crowd that he "wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth."

"This president seems to think the best way to create jobs is to raise taxes because everywhere you turn he's trying to raise taxes one way or the other," the former Massachusetts governor asserted. "And then the president is going across the country campaign for his 'Buffett rule,' he calls it. Someone calculated that if he were successful in getting his Buffett rule, it would pay for 11 hours of the federal government's budget. This is not reality!"

"This is a president who is more intent on punishing people than he is building our economy and getting people back to work!"

Republicans in the Senate on Monday blocked the Paying a Fair Share Act, which would have enacted the rule named after Warren Buffett after the billionaire revealed that he paid a lower tax rate than his "secretary."

A recent CNN poll found that 72 percent of Americans -- including 70 percent if independents -- favored the "Buffett Rule."

(h/t: Yahoo News)

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