(CNN) – Critics on both sides of the political aisle hit Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney Tuesday ahead of his jobs address.
Brad Woodhouse, the communications director for the Democratic National Committee, said the former Massachusetts governor has not expressed "a single original idea on the economy in the entire time he has been running for president."
"Unless Mitt Romney breaks with every policy that he's adopted on the campaign trail, his plan will just be a retread of the tired policies that led our country to the brink of a second Great Depression," Woodhouse said in an email Tuesday.
Romney is set to unveil his plan in Las Vegas that, according to a piece he penned in USA Today published Tuesday, will include 59 specific proposals to improve the economy. His address comes two days before President Barack Obama is set to lay out his plan in a joint session of Congress.
Fellow GOP presidential candidate and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who released his own plan to spur economic growth last week, struck Romney in a new web video Tuesday comparing the records of the two former governors.
"Governor Huntsman's free-market, pro-growth policies took Utah to #1 in job creation while Governor Romney's policies brought about the opposite," Huntsman campaign spokesman Tim Miller said in a statement. "We already have one president with a dismal record on jobs; Americans aren't looking for another one."
Romney was also criticized by FreedomWorks, a conservative grassroots organization, for using members of the movement as political props.
"Memo to Mitt: we are not props for another stump speech," Matt Kibbe, president and CEO of FreedomWorks, wrote in a statement. "We care about substantive policies that lift the burden of big government from our struggling economy."
The former 2008 presidential candidate, who had not reached out specifically to the voting bloc, appeared at a rally sponsored by the Tea Party Express over the weekend before participating in a presidential forum Monday headed by tea party favorite, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint.
"Romney's appearance at the weekend's rally smacks of political opportunism. Until he realized the GOP nomination wasn't a lock, Romney didn't even reach out to the movement to show solidarity, much less attend a Tea Party rally," Kibbe wrote. "His record as a governor and presidential candidate stand in stark contrast to tea party principles and goals."
– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.