For the second day in a row, Mitt Romney trashed President Obama's record on government spending, suggesting the growing federal debt is going to lead to a "dramatic" tax increase and drag down an already sluggish economy.
Speaking in St. Petersburg, Florida, the presumptive Republican nominee was flanked by a group of seniors and spoke in front of a digital sign ticking off the growing federal deficit.
Echoing his speech in Iowa Tuesday, Romney said the country needs a president who will stop the "spending and borrowing inferno" and insisted he is the man for the job.
While he acknowledged that both parties are to blame for the nation's debt problem, Romney repeatedly said that Obama had been critical of "his predecessor" in office—a nod toward former President George W. Bush, who informally endorsed Romney on Tuesday.
But Romney declined to mention the former GOP president's name. That's perhaps a nod to how unhelpful a reminder of the Bush record would be to Romney's chances in a state like Florida, which has been plagued by some of the highest unemployment and foreclosure rates in the country since the recession began in 2008.
Instead, Romney kept the focus on Obama, saying he hasn't "stopped" what his "predecessor" began but rather, "he's added to it."
"Every year, every day, it's getting bigger and bigger," Romney said. "This is where your taxes are going. They're going to pay for the interest on the hidden debt."