07/02/2012 09:42 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Rob Portman, Pat Toomey Highlight Obama's 'Middle-Class Promise Gap'

Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) previewed President Barack Obama's visit to their states with a memo Monday focusing on Obama's "middle-class promise gap."

The president is scheduled to campaign in Ohio and Pennsylvania during a two-day bus tour that kicks off on Thursday. In the memo, released through Mitt Romney's campaign, Portman and Toomey attack Obama for failing to live up to promises on "nearly every critical issue of the day" -- employment, energy, health care, housing and the deficit.

"By his own standards, he has fallen far short on each and every issue," the memo says. "And by his own admission, such shortcomings are cause for Americans to make his presidency a 'one-term proposition.'

"So this week Gov. Romney and his campaign will revisit exactly what President Obama promised and showcase precisely how far away he is from meeting his own standards of success. Issue by issue, Republicans will highlight President Obama’s astonishing middle-class promise gap, contrasting where he said we’d be today with where we actually are."

The senators also accuse the Obama campaign of running ads replete with excuses and distortions, "desperately working to misrepresent Gov. Romney’s record and distract from their own disappointing record."

Still, Obama has the advantage in both swing states, according to a Quinnipiac poll released last week. Obama leads Romney by a 47-38 percent margin in Ohio and has a 45-39 percent edge in Pennsylvania, the poll found.

Read the full memo here:
Portman Toomey Memo



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