Joblessness looms large in the 2012 race for the White House and with unemployment hovering above 9 percent, on September 6 former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is poised to release his plan to put Americans back to work just days before President Obama plans to unveil his latest jobs bill.
In a Keene, New Hampshire town hall meeting on Wednesday, Romney touted his business experience before a crowd of 200 people, saying it would help him create jobs if he's elected president.
"I think that if you want to create jobs it helps to have had a job, and I have," Romney said. "I want to make this the most attractive place in the world to grow a business."
Romney spoke for 15 minutes before taking questions from the audience, many of which focused on exactly what he'll do to fix the ailing U.S economy if he's elected president. He didn't shy away from answering, saying businesses are going elsewhere in the world because of lower taxes. The former Massachusetts governor went onto say regulations and bureaucracy have to be streamlined and brought up to date if America is to remain competitive.
Noting that while China and Europe have inked 40 trade pacts in the last three years, Romney pointed out that the Obama administration has made none, something he pledged to change if he's the president.
China has been a popular topic this campaign season, with many candidates railing against the communist superpower for stealing American factory jobs. While criticizing China's trade practices and saying Beijing often fails to live up to its agreements, Romney pointed out that China is not a U.S. enemy. "We're not going to be at war with the Chinese," he said.
Romney was scathing in his criticism of Vice President Biden's comments following a trip to China last week that he understood the country's 'one-child policy' - a law that restricts families to a single child in an effort to control population growth.
"His statement shocks the conscience," said Romney, calling it "reprehensible and astonishing."
"I'm sure the vice president will have to do what he's done so many times in the past and admit he was wrong and apologize."
In an increasingly crowded GOP field, Romney has spent most of the summer trying to avoid the spotlight that comes with being a front runner. But after Labor Day the campaign will amp up its message. With just five months left until the New Hampshire Primary, Romney will continue to expound on his business experience, arguing that makes him the best choice to become president.