WASHINGTON - Advisers to US President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney squared off on Sunday over job creation in a debate which, following Friday's weak jobs report, promises to be a deciding factor in the November vote.
Ed Gillespie, a senior adviser to Romney, citing Obama's healthcare reform law and a decision to put a major oil pipeline on hold, said on "Fox News Sunday" that Obama's policies have put a damper on job creation.
"The problem is this administration and this president's policies are hostile to job creators," Gillespie said.
He pointed to the president's decision to put an oil pipeline from Canada to Texas on hold to study its environmental impact. "The Keystone pipeline decision ... would have had an immediate impact on job creation," Gillespie said.