(CNN) – Mitt Romney Tuesday said it was "strange" that Democrats' claim he wants to cut the ranks of local governments.
On Monday, President Barack Obama's presidential campaign released a web video highlighting Romney's comments Friday on public sector jobs.
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"He says we need more firemen, more policemen, more teachers," Romney is shown saying at an event in Iowa. "Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It's time for us to cut back on government and help the American people."
The Obama campaign video claims Romney made cuts to public sector workers while governor of Massachusetts
On Tuesday, Romney said the assertion he wants to cut jobs for firefighters and policemen "a very strange accusation."
"Of course, teachers and firemen and policemen are hired at the local level and also by states," Romney said on Fox News. "The federal government doesn't pay for teachers, firefighters or policemen. So obviously that's completely absurd."
Responding to a statistic that Americans' wealth had dropped sharply between 2007-2010, Romney took aim at Obama's campaign tagline.
"That's why the American people are having such a hard time," Romney said. "That's why the idea of selecting as a campaign slogan 'forward' is so absurd. The American people are facing really tough circumstances. They're looking at how they're going to pay for retirement."
In a separate interview with radio host Neal Boortz, Romney said the Obama campaign's attacks on his record as Massachusetts governor ignored basic facts about his tenure.
"They have a little trouble with the truth I'm afraid," Romney said. "Actually, when I was serving as governor, we got our unemployment rate down to 4.7% by the time I left. I imagine the president would like to hear a number like that for the nation if he could."
Romney went on to hammer Obama for his own economic record, saying, "whether or not you think he is a nice guy, he has clearly failed us."
Romney continued, "His policies did not work. The economy did not turn around. Housing prices didn't come up. Unemployment was not brought down as he said it would."