Mitt was born in Detroit on March 12, 1947. He apprenticed as a lath and plaster carpenter and sold aluminum paint before beginning a career that brought him to the head of American Motors and then the governorship of Michigan. | Photo: Aaron Stipkovich
The battle to define the impact of the last week's presidential debate and the final weeks of the election picked up Sunday with Republicans arguing President Obama after four years has failed to improve the economy and Democrats continuing to blame the Bush administration.
Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte told "Fox News Sunday" the recent dip in unemployment was largely the result of jobless Americans taking part-time work and noted that participation in the U.S. job market is at a historically low rate.
"You cannot support a family on part-time pay," said Ayotte, R.-N.H., who called Mitt Romney's performance in the debate a "reset" of the presidential campaigns.
Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley repeatedly blamed the country's economic problems on previous Republican President George W. Bush, whom O'Malley suggested left Obama in a long-term mess.
O'Malley said Bush's "failed policies" -- including entering two wars and an unsuccessful economic plan -- started the record unemployment.
Election Day is five weeks away, with President Obama leading in the battleground states. However, polls following the debate show that lead lessening.
O'Malley, after acknowledging last month that Americans are not better off than they were four years ago, appeared to stick to a carefully crafted script Sunday.
He argued Romney has yet to say how he plans to offset roughly $5 trillion in tax cuts. However, he acknowledges the economy "still has a long way to go" before reaching a full recovery.
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