(CNN) - Mitt Romney will travel to Pennsylvania Thursday on the same day as President Obama in a political move to hit the president over his handling of the economy and a clear symbolic step as the frontrunner in the GOP presidential field.

The former Massachusetts governor will hold a press conference outside Allentown Metal Works, a closed-down Pennsylvania factory Obama visited in 2009 while touting the economic stimulus package, before and after attending fundraisers in Philadelphia.

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