Potential Republican VP candidates blast President Obama during Niles visit

POLAND — The day before Barack Obama’s Friday visit to the Mahoning Valley, two of Mitt Romney’s top surrogates criticized the Democratic president’s economic policies.

During a stop today in the parking lot of Eastwood Field in Niles, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and ex-Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, both considered potential vice president running mates for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, told The Vindicator that Obama needs to held accountable for the decisions he’s made during his time as president.

“Clearly, the president can’t run on his track record, can’t run on his results, can’t run on his broken promises,” Jindal said. “Instead, he’s running a campaign of divide and blame.”

Obama is visiting Mahoning County on Friday.

The president will tour Summer Garden Food Manufacturing in Boardman at 9:40 a.m., according to his campaign. The event at the food manufacturing facility is closed to the public and journalists, except for pool press members.

Obama then goes to Dobbins Elementary School in Poland. He will give a speech to an invitation-only crowd of about 200 to 250 supporters at 10:45 a.m.

The president’s visit to the Valley, as part of his two-day “Betting on America” bus tour, is the only stop on the five-city trip that is closed to the general public.

For the complete story, read Friday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com

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