Jan. 5 - Republican politicians campaigning in New Hampshire criticize Obama for not waiting for Congress to approve nominees for politically sensitive posts. Katharine Jackson reports.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) MITT ROMNEY, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, SAYING: "This president is a crony capitalist." At campaign stops across New Hampshire on Thursday, Republican candidates hoping to face President Barack Obama in 2012 blasted him for filling politically sensitive posts without waiting for Congress to approve the nominees. Obama made four recess appointments - one to the new Consumer Financial Protection Board and three to the National Labor Relations Board. At a town hall meeting in Salem, front-runner Mitt Romney said Obama stacked the labor board with his pro-union friends. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MITT ROMNEY, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, SAYING: "You know he said he wanted to create green jobs...I don't think we understood...he wants to give jobs to the people who gave him the green." Speaking to businesspeople in Manchester, former Senator Rick Santorum, who finished just eight votes behind Romney in Iowa, said Obama's appointments show disrespect for the law. Texas congressman Ron Paul - who came in a close third in Iowa - accused Obama of acting in "disregard" of the Constitution. And in Plymouth, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich - who took fourth place in Iowa - urged Congress to stop funding the labor board. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEWT GINGRICH, REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, SAYING: "The answer to an Imperial President is a Congress that stands on its own rights. And the correct response to what the President just did will be for the Congress to zero out and refuse to fund the National Labor Relations Board." The White House defended the appointments, saying ordinary Americans need their interests represented. New Hampshire's primary election will be held next week. Katharine Jackson, Reuters.