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Romney criticizes Obama's upcoming plan on economy, deficit

BERLIN, NH -- At his only campaign stop of the day -- at a steel plant here -- Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney criticized President Obama's upcoming plan to boost the economy and reduce the deficit. Obama will deliver that plan after Labor Day.

"I hope he begins by recognizing that his plan three years ago hasn't worked." Romney told a small gathering of reporters here. "It's too little too late, but we appreciate the fact that he's going to devote some time to it. Not just going to be on the bus tour, not just going to be vacationing in Martha's Vineyard, but giving some thought to the American people."

He also was asked about the rumors that the presidential field may expand yet again if House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan were to run. Romney's response: "The more the merrier," adding later: "The water's fine."

In addition, Romney was asked about Texas Gov. Rick Perry's controversial comments about Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, and Romney declined to criticize him.

"I'm not looking to be in a give-and-take with Gov. Perry. He's expressing his views.  I express my views and my record."

Romney continued, "He's a fine guy, fine governor. We'll get a chance to debate, and we can probably have a good chance for contrasting views at that point. But I don't have anything new on the Fed for you today."