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Activists jab Obama and Romney on economy

June 10, 2012 • Business


Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets supporters following a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Friday, June 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Separated at rival conferences by 1,000 miles and a world of political ideology, liberal and conservative activists are finding themselves united by a deep disappointment with the nation’s economy.

Some of the most passionate voters from both parties suggest that neither presidential candidate has sufficiently sharpened his economic message or clearly outlined a plan to get the nation back on track. Democrats criticize President Barack Obama’s willingness to fight for liberal priorities, while conservatives wonder aloud about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s conviction to act aggressively on their behalf.

It’s a reminder five months before Election Day that Obama and Romney have work to do on the most fundamental issue in the presidential contest.

“Right now I’d like to see more from both candidates,” said Zack Zarr, a banker from suburban Chicago who was among several hundred gathered Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Chicago.

Democrats at NetRoots Nation in Providence said the economy hasn’t recovered quickly enough under Obama, an opinion shared by the Republicans in Chicago.

“If you ask somebody about the economy and they Login to read more

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