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Obama camp steps up attack on Romney’s remarks on teachers, police and firefighters

Just as Mitt Romney’s campaign is ramping up an attack on President Obama’s “the private sector is doing fine” comment, the Obama campaign is fighting back by hitting Romney in a new web video for saying that local governments don’t need more teachers, police and firefighters.

Romney’s comments came in response to Obama’s remarks at Friday’s press conference at the White House. After Obama said that the real problem with the economy was state and local government cutbacks — the president is pushing for Congress to return laid off teachers, police and firefighters to work — Romney suggested that flew in the face of the lessons of the Wisconsin recall.

“He says we need more fireman, more policemen, more teachers,” Romney says in the Web video. “Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”

The Obama campaign seems to think it has something akin to Romney’s previous comment that he likes “to fire people who provide services to me.”

Despite the American public’s desire for smaller government, polling shows they tend to want to cut back on bureaucracy rather than on teachers, police and firefighters, which every community wants.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.


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