Romney courting South Carolina voters at Midlands factory

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COLUMBIA (WACH, AP) -- White House hopeful Mitt Romney made a campaign stop at the Colite International Factory in Columbia on Tuesday.

Romney talking the time to discuss jobs, the economy and labor policy.

The factory specializes in making corporate signs like those at the top of skyscrapers.

Romney Tuesday criticizing President Obama on his healthcare overhaul and just recently a comment the president made about the United States growing "a little bit lazy" in trying to attract business to the U.S.

Romney says if elected president he has ideas that will help shrink big government like cutting programs and allowing states to have more control.

Instead of having the federal government run and impose on states how they work, I TMm going to take those dollars and those programs and give them back to the states and let states craft their own solutions to their own problems, says Mitt Romney.

Romney has been emphasizing the economy and jobs as he tries to move out of a rut. He's shared front-runner status for months with candidates like Herman Cain and Rick Perry, but he hasn't managed to become a breakaway leader as he's dealt with skepticism about being too moderate and inconsistent on positions he took as a candidate and governor in Massachusetts or in his 2008 presidential bid.

He's been an infrequent campaigner in South Carolina as its Jan. 21 primary approaches.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)