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MItt Romney sets fundraising record; speaks in Des Moines


Just ahead of President Obama's three-day trip to Iowa, his opponent this November is in the state this week.

Mitt Romney spoke to supporters in Des Moines on Wednesday morning, coming off a history-making fundraising stop in Iowa the night before.

Romney made Iowa state history by bringing in nearly $2,000,000 in West Des Moines.  280 donors paid between $2,000 and $50,000 a piece to see him at a country club.

Recent polls have shown Romney and President Barack Obama virtually even in the battle for Iowa's six electoral votes.

During Wednesday morning's stop in the state capital, Romney attacked Obama's economic record:  

"It's my view that if we take a different course than the one that's been laid out by President Obama and instead build an economy based upon freedom, economic freedom, allowing free people to pursue their dreams, to enhance their skills, to get better education, to reach for personal achievement. If we do these things you're gonna see this economy come back. "

He continued a new attack on President Obama, claiming Obama may relax work requirements for welfare recipients.  

Former President Bill Clinton, who signed welfare reform into law, released a statement calling Romney's attacks "not true."

The Obama administration says any changes by states will, at minimum, have to maintain all current welfare work requirements, or increase them by 20 percent.


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