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Pawlenty, Christie Campaign With Romney In NH

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Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney addresses a campaign rally in Rochester, New Hampshire, January 8, 2012. New Hampshire will hold its Republican primary on January 10, 2012. At right is former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney addresses a campaign rally in Rochester, New Hampshire, January 8, 2012. New Hampshire will hold its Republican primary on January 10, 2012. At right is former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty. AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

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ROCHESTER, N.H. (CBS) – Two prominent Republican politicians stumped for Mitt Romney in New Hampshire on Sunday.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appeared with Romney at separate events Sunday.

Pawlenty, who dropped out of the presidential race in August after finishing poorly in the Iowa straw poll, said he understands the challenges Romney faced as a Republican governor in a state represented mostly by Democrats in Congress.

“He cut taxes. He cut spending. He grew jobs,” said Pawlenty. “Are you ready to do everything you can in this room and beyond to make Mitt Romney the next president of the United states of America?”

Pawlenty then attacked President Obama, calling him a “declinist” and his policies “a strangle” to the economy.

Romney also blasted the president for making the economy worse and slowing down the recovery.

“I don’t think (President Obama) is a bad guy, I just don’t think he understands how our economy works. I think he’s over his head,” said Romney.

Romney added the president’s economic stimulus plan was a failure.

“And he would hold unemployment below 8 percent. That was his bogie: 8 percent. It has not been below 8 percent since. By his own definition, he’s failed,” said Romney.

As someone who has worked in the private sector, Romney said he believes he’s more capable of getting America to work.

But first, Romney needs the voters’ help. He took time during his rally in Rochester to remind his supporters to vote on Tuesday.

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