Mitt Romney on Thursday visited a factory shuttered when George W. Bush was in the White House, and said its lingering idleness marks a failure of President Barack Obama's economic policies, the Huffington Post reports.

"Had the president's policies worked it, would be open again," the Republican presidential contender told a small audience seated in the cavernous space. Obama visited the factory – then open – during his 2008 campaign for the White House, and Romney's aides chose the site specifically for its presumed political advantage.

The gamesmanship underscored a central feature of the 2012 campaign, in which Romney hopes voters will...

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