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Obama Mocks Romney for Seamus the Dog

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(OSKALOOSA, Iowa) -- It’s official: the infamous tale of Seamus the dog is now fodder for the campaign trail.

President Obama finally went there today, teasing Mitt Romney for famously putting the family dog on the roof of his car, as he blasted his opponent’s energy policy.

Touting the job-creating potential of wind energy in Iowa, the president criticized Romney for saying, “you can’t drive a car with a windmill on it.”

“Now,” the president said chuckling, “I don't know if he's actually tried that. I know he's had other things on his car.”

In 1983, Mitt Romney strapped Irish setter Seamus to the roof of his station wagon as his young family drove from Boston to Ontario.

The jab from Obama came as he outlined the stark contrast between his support for wind energy and the view of the presumptive GOP nominee, who is spending the day campaigning in coal country.

“Governor Romney said, let's end the tax credits for wind energy production. Let's get rid of them. He said that new sources of energy, like wind, are imaginary. His running mate calls them a fad,” Obama said before a backdrop of Americana at the picturesque Nelson Pioneer Farm and Museum.

The president, who is pushing Congress to extend a production tax credit for wind energy companies, noted the wind industry supports 75,000 jobs across the country.

“These jobs aren't a fad -- aren't a fad. These are good jobs. And they're a source of pride that we need to fight for,” he said.

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Obama to Hit Romney on Wind Energy in Iowa

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(OSKALOOSA, Iowa) -- President Obama will tout the job-creating potential of wind energy on the trail in Iowa Tuesday, contrasting his views with those of Mitt Romney.

At three stops in the large wind-producing state, Obama is expected to hit Romney for not wanting to extend tax credits for wind energy companies.

“My opponent and I disagree when it comes to homegrown energy like wind,” Obama said Monday in Boone, Iowa. “Wind power is creating new jobs all across Iowa.  But Gov. Romney says he wants to end the tax credit for wind energy producers."

“America generates more than twice as much electricity from wind than when I took office," the president continued.  "That’s right.  The wind industry supports about 7,000 jobs right here in Iowa.  Without these wind energy tax credits, those jobs are at risk, 37,000 jobs across the country would be at risk."

“So my attitude is let’s stop giving taxpayer subsidies to oil companies that don’t need them, and let’s invest in clean energy that will put people back to work right here in Iowa,” Obama added. “That’s a choice in this election.”

To make his point, the president will likely highlight a new Energy Department report out Tuesday that found wind power amounted for 32 percent of new electric capacity in the United States, representing a $14 billion investment.

Romney spokesman Ryan Williams, in response to the president’s wind energy push, said, “Mitt Romney is a strong supporter of wind power and appreciates the industry’s extraordinary technological progress and its important contributions to America’s energy supply."

“Unfortunately, under President Obama’s approach, the industry has lost 10,000 jobs while growth in wind power nationally has slowed every single year of his term.  Mitt Romney will instead set the industry on a course for success and growth by promoting policies that remove regulatory barriers, support free enterprise and market-based competition, and reward technological innovation,” Williams said in a written statement.

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Obama Hits Romney on Wind, Water Policy in Colorado

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GettyImages(PUEBLO, Colo.) -- President Obama today used the issues of wind energy and water purity to draw stark contrasts with Mitt Romney, and attempt to lure some of this state’s environmentally-conscious swing voters to his side.

Speaking inside the Palace of Agriculture on the Colorado State Fairgrounds, Obama hammered his Republican rival for opposing an extension of tax credits to help wind energy producers finance new projects and hire new workers. The credits expire at the end of the year.

“At a moment when homegrown energy, renewable energy, is creating new jobs in states like Colorado and Iowa, my opponent wants to end tax credits for wind energy producers,” Obama said, drawing boos from the crowd.  “Think about what that would mean for a community like Pueblo. The wind industry supports about 5,000 jobs across this state. Without those tax credits, 37,000 American jobs, including potentially hundreds of jobs right here, would be at risk.”

In a statement to The Des Moines Register last month, Romney spokesman Shawn McCoy said the former governor “will allow the wind credit to expire, end the stimulus boondoggles, and create a level playing field on which all sources of energy can compete on their merits.”

“Wind energy will thrive wherever it is economically competitive, and wherever private sector competitors with far more experience than the president believe the investment will produce results,” McCoy said.

The position puts Romney at odds with a number of congressional Republicans from states like Iowa and Colorado, some of whom have publicly questioned his stance. The Obama campaign says it will continue to exploit the Republican divide over wind energy tax credits, particularly during the president’s bus trip through Iowa next week.

Obama also raised the issue of water conservation and purification – salient here in Pueblo and throughout the Southwest – as a reason for greater federal infrastructure spending.

“Water is the lifeblood of our communities,” Obama said. ” It was 50 years ago this month that President Kennedy came to Pueblo, and he signed the ‘Fry-Ark’ [Fryingpan-Arkansas Project] bill.”  The measure led to the construction of dams and reservoirs on the Fryingpan and Arkansas Rivers to store and deliver water to the region.

“Today my administration is making sure 50 years later that you’ve got the resources to finish the job so that we are leaving your kids and your grandkids clean water, clean drinking water that — that is long overdue,” he said. “That’s the kind of investment in America that creates jobs now and makes life better for the future. That’s what this election is about. That’s the America we want to build.”

Romney opposes Obama’s plan to boost federal spending on infrastructure projects around the country as a way to create jobs.

Before arriving at the fairgrounds, Obama and his entourage stopped for breakfast at Romero’s Café — a local, family-owned Tex-Mex diner that specializes in red and green chilis. The president ordered enchiladas Tejanas, three corn tortillas stacked and stuffed with chorizo and topped with cheese, but told the cashier to hold the onions.

“You’d better take the onions out because I’m going to be kissing babies,” he said.

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