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On day of GOP debate, Romney assails Obama instead

At Monday night’s debate in New Hampshire, the action may ultimately take the form of six GOP candidates blasting Mitt Romney. Right now, however, it’s Romney versus President Obama.

As the president travels to North Carolina Monday to deliver another in a series of remarks about the flagging economy, Romney’s campaign is seizing on the Obama administration’s description of the latest poor job-growth figures as a “bump in the road.”

In a new campaign Web video, Romney basically takes the phrase and runs with it, as a bevy of out-of-work Americans literally rise to support the Republican contender. 

The former Massachusetts governor, who appears to be solidifying his early front-runner status, according to a new Gallup poll, is banking on his expertise as a venture capitalist to separate himself from first his GOP rivals and ultimately Obama if things progress that far.

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Obama will tour an LED light manufacturing company in Durham and meet with his jobs and competitiveness council. He’ll move on to Miami for a series of fundraisers.

In New Hampshire on Monday evening, Romney will debate Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.), ex-pizza company Chief Executive Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, and ex-Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

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