DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican Mitt Romney says President Barack Obama's reckless spending has fanned a "prairie fire of debt" while portraying himself in a speech in battleground Iowa as the defender of fiscal responsibility.
The likely GOP presidential nominee is trying to frame his campaign against the Democratic president as a contest of fairness versus irresponsibility.
In a speech Tuesday afternoon in Iowa, Romney will say that, in his words, "a prairie fire of debt is sweeping across Iowa and our nation and every day we fail to act we feed that fire with our own lack of resolve."
The debt-and-spending argument runs counter to Obama's focus on fairness, in which he says wealthier Americans should pay their fair share.
Romney was making his first visit to Iowa since the caucuses in January.
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