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Which Is It?

For a while, I’ve been noticing the irony of Republicans at the state level taking credit for improving economic conditions, while at the same time GOP candidates at the federal level condemning Obama for the bad economy. Apparently I’m not the only one who noticed this.

Mitt Romney’s campaign has asked Republican Governor Rick Scott to tone down his statements bragging about economic improvements in his state of Florida. Instead, Scott is being asked to say that the unemployment rate would improve faster under a Romney presidency.

Republican governors in other states, including swing states like Ohio, Virginia, Michigan, and Wisconsin have also highlighted improvements to their economies. Indeed, at a combined campaign event at Otterbein University in Ohio in April, Romney complained about a difficult job market for graduating seniors, while GOP governor John Kasich touted the falling unemployment rate and boasted about the state’s unfilled jobs.