Romney charged that Obama has been responsible for “the most anemic and tepid recovery we’ve seen since Hoover” and told students that when they listen to candidates they should “consider not just the brilliance of their words but also the facts of their record and of what they’ve done.”
“You will hear words from people running for office that sound great, but sometimes what people say is not a perfect example of what they’re going to do,” he said. “Sometimes, appearances do not conform with the facts or reality or track records.”
Romney counseled students to pay attention to the country’s ballooning debt. “There is no doubt in my mind that if this president were to be reelected, we will ultimately face a Greece-like setting, where people will wonder whether they want to loan money to America, and loan money to America at low interest rates,” he said.
Beforehand, Romney and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) huddled with seven students over burgers and Cokes to talk about their post-college prospects.
Romney, who studied English as an undergraduate, appeared to warn students against pursuing an English degree without further graduate study. “As an English major, your options are — you’d better go to graduate school and find a job from there,” he said.
In a related move, the Republican-led House on Friday adopted a GOP-authored plan to pay for lower student rates with money set aside for preventative health care programs in the federal health care overhaul. The White House has pledged to veto the proposal, which is unlikely to be taken up by the Democratic-led Senate.
Romney took his campaign to a college campus in Ohio where, joined by Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), he held a small roundtable with half a dozen students and delivered a speech in which he directly blamed the president for saddling young people with debt, warning that the United States is “on track to becoming Greece.”
The dueling events came on the heels of an appearance this week by the president on Jimmy Fallon’s late-night comedy show as well as a three-state college-campus swing during which he urged Congress to pass a plan to freeze federal student loan rates. Romney on Monday joined Obama in throwing his weight behind the goal of freezing loan rates, although he has not specified how he would like to see the cost of the freeze offset.
Staff writer Steve Vogel contributed to this report. Sonmez reported from Ohio.