President Barack Obama addresses the Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security May 18, 2012 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is preparing to tell Ohio voters that Republican Mitt Romney's tax proposals would spur job growth in foreign countries including China.
The president also plans Monday to highlight his administration's 2009 bailout of the auto industry, which saved thousands of jobs in Ohio, according to Democrats. Romney opposed Obama's use of massive federal loans to keep Chrysler and General Motors afloat while they reorganized under bankruptcy protection.
Obama is holding a town hall event in Cincinnati, one of the state's most heavily Republican areas. Ohio and Florida again are shaping up as the most intensely competitive states in the presidential race.
White House aides said Obama will cite news reports suggesting that Romney's plans for limited taxing of overseas profits by U.S. companies would encourage foreign job growth. The two candidates have repeatedly accused each other of outsourcing American jobs.
The White House said Obama will renew his call for extending the Bush-era tax cuts on all households except those earning more than $250,000 a year. Romney says the wealthiest Americans also should keep their tax breaks because they are the most likely people to create jobs.
Ohio's Republican governor, John Kasich, often notes that his state's unemployment rate is lower than the national average. That has proved awkward at times for Romney, who assails Obama's stewardship of the national economy.
Kasich and other Republicans say the state's unemployment rate has dropped steadily in spite of Obama's economic policies, not because of them.
Obama, in an interview on CBS, was asked about the large number of negative ads that have been run against Romney by his campaign in recent weeks.
"If you look at the ads that we do," Obama replied, "first of all, we've done a whole slew of positive ads that talk exactly about how we need to change our education system, how we need to change our tax code, how we need to rebuild America, how we need to promote American energy."
"So those just don't get attention in the news," he added. "But we are very much promoting."
The president said, "I've got a very different approach" from Romney. "And the m ore detailed we get into what he's saying and what I'm saying, I think that serves the democratic process well."
Copyright 2012 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
The former New York congressman who resigned two years ago after posting racy photos of himself is now running for New York City mayor
Ohioans would only be required to display one license plate on their vehicles instead of two if a bill proposed by two state legislators is approved.
The MAC Baseball tournament has returned to Lorain County for a second year. Fans are pouring into All Pro Freight Stadium from across the Midwest.