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President Barack Obama waves to supporters as he arrives for a campaign event Saturday at Elm Street Middle School in Nashua, N.H.
NASHUA, N.H. – During a New Hampshire campaign stop Saturday, President Barack Obama focused on Mitt Romney’s record as governor of the state that’s less than an hour south of here, Massachusetts:
"During Governor Romney’s campaign for governor down there, he promised the same thing he's promising now -- said he'd fight for jobs and middle-class families. But once he took office, he pushed through a tax cut that overwhelmingly benefitted 278 of the wealthiest families in the state, and then he raised taxes and fees on middle-class families to the tune of $750 million… Now, when he's asked about this, he says, no these weren’t taxes, these were fees."
The president continued: "There were higher fees for blind people who needed to get a certificate that they were blind. He raised fees to get a birth certificate, which would have been expensive for me."
The campaign hopes that attacking Romney’s Massachusetts record is something that could resonate with the residents of New Hampshire and push their four electoral votes in his direction.
Obama also downplayed Romney’s business record.
"Massachusetts, when he was governor, ranked 48th in small-business creation. And one of the two states that ranked lower was Louisiana that had gotten hit by Hurricane Katrina. So this is a guy who has a track record of saying one thing and doing something else," he said.
Interestingly, that was the only hurricane the president spoke about during his remarks, neglecting to acknowledge Hurricane Sandy, which is bearing down on the East Coast.
However, the White House pointed out that the president is monitoring the situation. He convened a conference call with FEMA and Department of Homeland Security representatives Saturday while aboard Air Force One for a briefing on storm preparations.
After Saturday's event the president was asked by MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough about whether conflicting information about the situation surrounding the Benghazi attack was related to an intelligence community failure.
The president’s response:
"What my attitude on this is is if we find out there was a big breakdown and somebody didn’t do their job, they’ll be held accountable. Ultimately as Commander-in-Chief I am responsible and I don’t shy away from that responsibility."
The entire Morning Joe interview with the president will air on Monday morning on MSNBC.