Republican Mitt Romney cited a Massachusetts health care law he backed as showing his “empathy,” then later reiterated his pledge to repeal national legislation modeled after the state’s measure as he and President Barack Obama crisscrossed Ohio yesterday.

The two candidates also accused each other of being too weak to confront China on trade and lacking plans to create jobs as each returned to focusing on the economy after several days during which turmoil in the Middle East dominated the presidential campaign.

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