He told top business leaders that he would create a friendlier climate by repealing the health care law and lowering tax rates.
WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney on Wednesday castigated President Obama, telling the chief executives of 100 of the nation's biggest corporations that the president has ushered in "the most anti-investment, anti-business, anti-jobs series of policies in modern American history."
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee ticked through a series of proposals that he said would foster a friendlier business climate - repealing Obama's health-care law, authorizing more oil and natural gas drilling, halting all Obama-era regulations and lowering corporate and individual tax rates.
But he employed particularly stinging rhetoric in a sort of campaign "prebuttal," a day before the president is expected to deliver a major campaign speech in Ohio in which he tries to reframe the economic debate.
Seizing again on Obama's comment last week that "the private sector is doing fine," Romney said, "the incredulity that came screaming back from the American people, I think, has caused him to rethink that."
"I think you're going to see him change course when he speaks tomorrow, where he will acknowledge that it isn't going so well, and he'll be asking for four more years," Romney continued. "My own view is that he will speak eloquently but that words are cheap."
That there are 23 million Americans out of work or underemployed, Romney said, "is a compelling and a sad statistic. These are real people."
He warned that Obama would "stifle" energy resources in coal, oil and natural gas, as well as raise the cost of health care through the implementation of "Obamacare," increase the regulatory burden on businesses and raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans.
"I think this election is a watershed re-election, which will determine the relationship between citizen and enterprise and government," he said.
Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith called responded that Romney was "dishonest" in his attacks, saying Obama helped the country create 4.3 million private sector jobs over the last 27 months.