Obama accuses Romney of trying to sell voters a ‘sketchy deal’ to help the wealthy

President Obama continued his post-debate tour of swing states Thursday with an outdoor rally here during which he ridiculed Republican rival Mitt Romney for selling the public a “sketchy deal” whose focus was cutting taxes for the wealthy.

“You’ve heard of the New Deal, the square deal, the fair deal. Mitt Romney’s trying to sell you a sketchy deal. You don’t need a sketchy deal,” Obama said. “The last time this sketchy deal was tried was when the previous administration made the same sales pitch.”

Obama’s stump speech echoed the ones he gave in appearances in Iowa and Ohio on Wednesday, as he tried to gain momentum after the second presidential debate on Tuesday in New York. Obama again mocked Romney’s comment during the debate that he had received “binders full of women” when he was recruiting cabinet members as Massachusetts governor 10 years ago.

Obama has proposed extending the George W. Bush-era tax cuts for people earning less than $250,000, but allowing the cuts to expire for higher-income earners as a way to help cut the growing federal deficit. Obama is threatening to veto any legislation that would extend the tax cuts for the wealthy as Congress wrestles with ways to avoid a so-called “fiscal cliff” at year’s end when the tax cuts are set to expire and mandatory spending cuts are set to kick in.

“The issue here is clear: We cannot afford tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said aboard Air Force One en route to New Hampshire. “One of the reasons we have the fiscal situation that we have is because the previous administration twice passed massive tax cuts largely benefiting the wealthiest Americans and did not pay for them. . . . It’s just fiscally irresponsible, and it does not help the economy.”

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Obama continued his appeal to female voters, saying that he signed legislation to extend the time women have to sue their employers for wage discrimination because he wants his own daughters to receive the same pay as their male counterparts in the future.

“I don’t know what’s so complicated,” Obama told the crowd. “Governor Romney still won’t say whether or not he supports a law that protects that right. You know where I stand.”

After the speech, Obama was headed to New York for a high-dollar campaign fundraiser and an appearance on the “Daily Show” with Jon Stewart. Obama also will speak at the annual Al Smith dinner, a charity event sponsored by the Archdiocese of New York. Romney also is scheduled to appear at the dinner.

On Friday, Obama will speak at a rally in Northern Virginia, before heading this weekend to Camp David to prepare for the final debate Monday in Boca Raton, Fla.

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