Obama, Romney Differ On View Of Jobs Report


UPDATED: Friday October 5, 2012 5:55 PM

During a campaign stop in Cleveland, President Barack Obama talked about new employment numbers which he said makes his case to stay in office.

"Today's news should give us some encouragement. It shouldn't be an excuse for the other side to try and talk down the economy just to try and score a few political points," said Obama.

The news is that the nation's unemployment rate dropped under 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years.

Obama said the report should serve as a sign that the country is moving forward.

Mitt Romney said that the report makes his case to be president.

Romney said with more than 12 million people still out of work, the country continues to struggle through "tough times" and he said Obama's policies have failed to help.

He said 7.8-percent unemployment is "not what a real recovery looks like."

Obama spoke at Krenzler Field at Cleveland State University's soccer field for about 19 minutes during a steady rain on Friday afternoon.

The Cleveland Fire Marshal estimated the crowd at 9,000 people.

GOP Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan will be in Toledo on Monday and Obama will be in Columbus on Tuesday.

The times and details of the two visits were not immediately released.

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