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Romney blasts Obama on jobs in key swing state

Former Massachusetts Governor Romney speaks during the Greater Des Moines Partnership's Presidential Forum Speaker Series
Former Massachusetts Governor Romney speaks during the Greater Des Moines Partnership's Presidential Forum Speaker Series

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney criticized President Barack Obama's jobs record in a key swing state on Thursday by spotlighting a closed factory that Obama once touted as a symbol of economic hope.

Taking aim at an issue that could be Obama's key vulnerability in the 2012 election, Romney launched a 40-second Web video blaming the Democratic president's economic policies for 100,000 job losses in Pennsylvania and the total of 470,000 jobless workers in the northeastern state.

The video, coming on a day when both Romney and Obama were due to visit Pennsylvania, focuses on the Allentown Metal Works that closed in January, just over a year after Obama visited the plant to tout his economic stimulus efforts.

Romney was due to hold a news conference at the factory site on Thursday.

The economy and joblessness are considered among Obama's main weaknesses in his re-election effort. Romney is leading in opinion polls among the candidates seeking the Republican 2012 presidential nomination to face Obama.

Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and businessman, is trying to promote himself as an economics-savvy jobs creator.

Obama's victory in Pennsylvania in 2008 was instrumental in his presidential election victory. The state could be pivotal again in his 2012 re-election campaign.

The state has recently shown signs of favoring Republicans, partly as a result of the conservative Tea Party movement that helped Republican Pat Toomey win election to the Senate in 2010.

(Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Will Dunham)

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