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FILE - In this June 30, 2011 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talks with reporters in Allentown, Pa. Forget his GOP primary opponents. Republican front-runner Romney is focused on a match-up against President Barack Obama. The former Massachusetts governor ignores swipes from his Republican rivals, criticizes Obama on the economy, and visits swing states like Ohio as often as states that vote early in the GOP primary.

PATASKALA, Ohio — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney says businesses can deal with bad news — it's uncertainty that they struggle with.

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The GOP front-runner on Wednesday said policies from the past two years under President Barack Obama have contributed to more uncertainty and deepened the effects of the recession.

Romney made the comments on manufacturer's factory floor. The stop in Pataskala (puh-TAS'-kuh-luh) is part of his broader strategy to focus more on the general election race — and Obama — than the GOP primary contest.

While there, Romney declined to comment on the debt limit negotiations in Washington, only saying that he favored a "cut, cap and balance" approach to federal spending, which means cutting and capping spending and passing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Elliott reported from Washington.