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(CNN)—Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney Wednesday echoed presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain’s criticism of Barack Obama’s economic strategy comparing it to the ‘failed’ policy pursued by former President Jimmy Carter.
“Frankly, as I look at Barack Obama what he proposing is very much like what Jimmy Carter proposed,” Romney said of Obama’s economic plan. “And that of course led to a disastrous economy.”
For months, McCain’s presidential campaign has been trying to compare Obama’s economic pitch to what Washington sought to enact in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
“I will leave it to my opponent to propose returning to the failed, big government mandates of the sixties and seventies,” McCain said during a March speech in Texas.
Again Tuesday, while speaking to the National Small Business Summit, the presumptive nominee said voters have a ‘distinct’ choice in November.
“Will we go back to the policies of the '60s and '70s that failed or will we go forward?” The Arizona senator said.
Obama and McCain have been locked in heated war of words over the direction of the nation’s economy since Obama secured the Democratic nomination last week. While McCain continues to push the line that Obama represents failed policies, Obama is doing the same on his end, comparing the Arizona senator to the current administration.
“The centerpiece of John McCain's economic plan amounts to a full throated endorsement of George Bush's policies,” the Illinois senator said Monday in North Carolina.
Obama went on to compare his opponent to President Bush 15 different times in that one speech.