President Obama opened up a new line of attack Saturday against Mitt Romney, accusing his Republican presidential rival of retreating to policies from the “last century” and “sticking it” to the middle class.

Romney, working hard to make sure the president doesn’t hog the spotlight going into his party’s convention week, meanwhile used a campaign stop in the critical swing state of Ohio to hammer home the GOP convention message that Obama has failed to live up to the hope of his 2008 campaign — especially on the job front. Obama, the GOP candidate said, has fallen back on a campaign of “divisiveness and bitterness.”

The dueling messages were trumpeted in two vital battleground states, during the brief gap between the Republican and Democratic conventions.

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