Disagreements over the economy took center stage in Iowa on Friday as Mitt Romney took aim at President Barack Obama’s remark that “the private sector is doing fine.”

“Is he really that out of touch?” Romney said during an outdoor rally at a sun-splashed city park. “I think he’s defining what it means to be detached and out of touch with the American people. Has there ever been an American president who is so far from reality?”

The economy has been the focus of political debate since lackluster May jobs numbers were posted last week. The two candidates shared sharply different philosophies again on Friday.

“The private sector is doing fine,” with businesses hiring at a solid pace over the last 27 months, Obama said during a news conference at the White House. “Where we are seeing weaknesses in our economy had to do with state and local government.”

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