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For his part, Obama is expected to call on Congress to extend expiring tax credits for wind energy production. The White House on Tuesday pointed to a new Energy Department report saying wind power installations "surged" in 2011, but warning that uncertainty over extending the wind energy tax credits threatens to "dramatically slow" the industry.
The report, released annually, emerged as Obama campaigned through politically competitive Iowa, a leader in wind power production. The report estimated that 75,000 U.S. jobs now depend on wind power, including several thousand in Iowa.
Romney has opposed extending the alternative energy credits, but several Iowa Republicans — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Grassley among them — favor the credits. That may give Obama the chance to create a local wedge issue to appeal to unaligned voters.
Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said the Republican candidate would boost the wind industry by "promoting policies that remove regulatory barriers, support free enterprise and market-based competition, and reward technological innovation."
Obama’s campaign also released a Web video Tuesday chiding Romney for ads in which he accuses the White House of stripping work requirements from the welfare law. Independent fact checkers have found the premise of the ads to be false.
The video shows Romney asking his opponent to "take your campaign out of the gutter." Then it urges, "Mr. Romney ... take your own advice."
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