WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republicans seeking the presidency have spent months pitching glossy versions of themselves to voters, but they now find their rivals highlighting the unspoken caveats in their records.
Ahead of Thursday afternoon's candidate forum and an evening debate in swing-state Florida, their advisers telegraphed the criticism each campaign was likely to use. As most of the candidates plan a two-day trip to the hard-fought swing state, they are ramping up their rhetoric against each other.
For instance: Texas added jobs during the economic recession under Gov. Rick Perry's leadership. But unemployment went up last month and is at the highest level since 1987, rival Mitt Romney noted.