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 turn Obama out of office because of high unemployment and other economic difficulties, while the president seeks credit for the recovery that has cut joblessness nationally as well as in Ohio and other states in the industrial Midwest…

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