By Sam Youngman and Jeff Mason –
(Reuters) – President Barack Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney traded barbs over the economy and women’s rights on Wednesday, each seeking an edge in critical states that could tip the result of the November 6 election.
Romney, who told supporters in drought-ravaged Iowa that their state felt like a “second home,” accused the Democratic president of mismanaging the economy and unraveling rules that require welfare recipients to get jobs.
A second term for Obama would lead to “chronic high levels of unemployment as far as the eye can see,” the former Massachusetts governor told an enthusiastic crowd at Des Moines’ Central High School.
“It’s tough to be middle class in America today,” he said.