Romney calls for 'bold changes' for economy

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is calling for “bold changes” to help revive the nation’s economy as he outlines a closing economic argument in a speech Friday in Iowa.

Romney did not unveil specific plans in excerpts released before he spoke. He heaps criticism on President Barack Obama for trying to “distract our attention from the biggest issues to the smallest – from characters on Sesame Street and silly word games to misdirected personal attacks he knows are false.”

“This is not the time to double down on the trickle-down government policies that have failed us,” Romney says. “It is time for new, bold changes that measure up to the moment that can bring America’s families the certainty that the future will be better than the past.”

Romney’s speech was scheduled the same day the Commerce Department reported that the U.S. economy expanded at a slightly faster 2 percent annual rate from July through September.

In a separate statement, Romney suggested that pickup was “discouraging” and wasn’t sufficient to create enough jobs and improve take-home pay. He argued he would do better.

“Slow economic growth means slow job growth and declining take-home pay,” he said.

Romney is focusing on the public’s economic concerns heading into the final days of the campaign as polls suggest Americans trust him more than Obama to handle the issue.

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