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Romney seeks to refocus campaign on the economy

JULIE PACE
Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Republican Mitt Romney is seeking to refocus his campaign on the economy after days of distraction.

Romney on Thursday will promote energy proposals aimed at creating more than 3 million new jobs and opening up more areas for drilling off the coast of Virginia and North Carolina, two political battleground states.

Romney’s pivot to energy, a key component of his jobs agenda, comes as the national debate has turned away from the Republican candidate’s jobs message and toward issues like rape, abortion, welfare and Medicare just 2½ months before Election Day.

Romney will discuss his energy plan in New Mexico. Aides say the proposals would result in more than $1 trillion in revenue for federal, state and local governments, plus millions of jobs.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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