ATLANTA -- President Obama used a fundraiser in a swanky, downtown hotel Tuesday as an opportunity to blast Republican challenger Mitt Romney for moving jobs overseas when he headed Bain Capital.
Noting a recent Washington Post story highlighting Romney's firm's outsourcing of jobs, the president said, "We don't need someone in the White House who is a pioneer in offshoring."
He said Romney's plan included tax cuts for the rich and cuts in regulatory protections for polluters and cuts in vital government services.
On the other hand, the Obama approach, he said, includes having the rich "do more," increased spending on infrastructure and education and replacing oil-company incentives with ones for renewable-energy firms.
"I've got a vision that says the way we're going to grow our economy is to put people back to work," he said.
Obama might not be targeting Georgia as a potential vote source in November, but he has no hesitation tapping it as a cash source to fund ads in the states he could win. His campaign has acknowledged it plans to focus voter-persuasion efforts on other states like Ohio, Iowa and Virginia that began airing Tuesday.
Still, the president shows he values the state for what political donors can do for him. He pulled at least $250,000 from the 500 or so people attending.
With only one statewide candidate on the ballot and a record low number of contenders in down-ballot races, Georgia Democrats have few places to put their campaign donations this election.
The Democrats here aren't giving much to their state party so far this year. Disclosures filed with the state show expenses are more than income, and Georgia Republicans brought in three times as much with roughly the same outgo.
None of what Obama raised Tuesday for his own campaign goes to the state party, according to Eric Gray, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia.
While he isn't enriching the local party, he did indulge his personal interests. He made a visit to the filming of a biography of Jackie Robinson, "42," on location in downtown Atlanta. The man who broke the political color barrier was curious about the man who broke the baseball -- and in many senses, the cultural color barrier.
Georgia Republicans said the side trip showed the president is out of touch with Georgians.
"Instead of focusing on his role as President of the United States of America, the campaigner-in-chief has opted time after time to rub elbows with Hollywood celebrities and deep-pocketed donors," said GOP Chairwoman Sue Everhart.
Romney's campaign pointed out that Obama's Atlanta sojourn came on the release of the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price index that identified the city as the only one with a double-digit decline. "While President Obama promised to solve the housing crisis, his policies simply have not worked, and that is why Georgians are looking for a new vision and a new direction," said Chris Walker, spokesman for the Romney campaign.