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President Barack Obama, saying he is looking forward to an “important and healthy debate about America’s future,” called presumptive GOP Presidential candidate Wednesday and congratulated him on clinching the number of delegates needed to secure the nomination.
The call came as all verifiable counts showed Romney secured the nomination by winning the Texas primary Tuesday, pushing his delegate count well past the 1,144 needed to win the vote on the first ballot at the GOP convention in Tampa in August.
“The call was brief and cordial,” said Romney campaign chairman Ben LeBolt and came while the Obama campaign launched a new series of attack ads against the now-designated GOP opponent.
Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod sent out a five-page “strategy memo” that outlines the incumbent President’s position on Romney’s economic record.
Said Axelrod in the memo:
When it comes to Mitt Romney and his economic philosophy the facts are clear — it didn’t work then, and it won’t work now. Whether companies succeeded or failed, Romney Economics netted huge profits for him and his investors, but sometimes proved devastating for the middle-class workers whose jobs, benefits and pensions were put at risk.
Romney responded with a spotlight on one of Obama’s failures — the failed and shuttered Solyndra solar energy company:
Have you seen Solyndra’s corporate headquarters? You probably have. Who wants to put money in a solar company when a government puts a half a billion into one of its choice?
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