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Romney, Perry duel over business credentials define GOP nomination fight focused on economy
BERLIN, N.H. (AP) ' Mitt Romney says his business experience will help him save the nation's economy. Rick Perry highlights the jobs he's created as Texas governor the last decade.
This debate between the two over public- and private-sector credentials will help define a GOP nomination fight focused squarely on the economy. The next president ' whether it's President Barack Obama or any number of Republicans trying to unseat him ' will be saddled with high unemployment and asked to draw upon his or her job-creation skills on Day One.
Friday's report was a fresh reminder of the troubled economy. The unemployment rate was stuck at 9.1 percent as employers stopped adding jobs in August.
Romney and Perry, who lead the field in national polls, offer voters very different resumes.