GOFFSTOWN, N.H., June 14 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama's "failed" policies lengthened the Great Recession, GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said in a debate filled with Obama attacks.

"He didn't create the recession, but he made it worse and longer," the former Massachusetts governor said in the second debate of the 2012 election season but the first in which he shared the stage with his fellow Republicans.

"This president has failed. And he's failed at a time when the American people counted on him to create jobs and get the economy going," said Romney, who leads in national polls and in New Hampshire and Iowa.

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