" BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Statehouse became a highly-charged backdrop for the White House campaign on Thursday as President Barack Obama’s top political strategist assailed Mitt Romney’s record as governor while competing against a steady stream of chants and catcalls from a group of Romney backers.
Standing with a group of state Democrats in front of the historic building, where the presumptive presidential nominee served one term as governor from January 2003 to January 2007, David Axelrod cited federal statistics showing that Massachusetts had a poor record for job creation during Romney’s tenure.
“After selling himself to Massachusetts as an economic savior, his Massachusetts record was alarmingly weak,” said Axelrod. “Under Governor Romney, the state was 47th in job creation, manufacturing jobs vanished at twice the national rate and household incomes fell even when they were rising nationally.”
Several dozen Romney supporters, many with signs reading “Obama isn’t working,” stood behind metal barricades on the sidewalk and kept up a noisy protest while Axelrod and other Democrats spoke. Curious tourists and children on school field trips stopped to watch the political spectacle unfold "
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