President Barack Obama said Saturday the United States had climbed too far out of an economic abyss to take a chance on Republican Mitt Romney, firing up his reelection bid at his debut rallies.

“We are not turning back the clock, we are moving forward,” Obama said, seeking to revive the political magic that swept him to power in 2008, and unleashing his most strident attack so far on the man who wants his job.

The president, in loud, enthusiastic rallies in swing states Ohio and Virginia, made the case that though times were still tough, he had hauled the economy back from the brink, and there was once again reason to hope.

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