DNC hits Romney over Obama economy jabs
March 8th, 2011
03:44 PM ET
7 years ago

DNC hits Romney over Obama economy jabs

(CNN) - The Democratic National Committee is hitting back at former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney who penned an op-ed criticizing the economy under the Obama administration in the Boston Herald Tuesday.

A statement from the DNC juxtaposed Romney's words with what they call a "fact check."

"Romney's private sector career consisted of profiting off of laying off thousands of workers," the statement reads. "Romney's job creation record in Massachusetts was one of the worst in the country."

Romney's staff countered late Tuesday with a release pointing out that Massachusetts saw private sector growth ahead of neighboring states during his time as governor.

In the op-ed, Romney, who is considering a bid for the White House in 2012, touted his own business experience while labeling the current economy the "Obama Misery Index."

"Having spent my career in the private sector, I know a thing of two about how jobs are created and how they are lost," Romney wrote. "We have a toxic blend of unemployment, debt, home foreclosures, and bankruptcies. Their sum total is what we can call the Obama Misery Index."

The former businessman said economic turnarounds happen when leaders focus, something he said the president has not done.

"President Obama did just the opposite: he delegated the jobs crisis to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and he went to work on his own priorities, like cap and trade and government-run health care," Romney wrote.

In their release the DNC included nearly a dozen articles outlining flaws they saw in Romney's op-ed.

The article, published on the front page of the paper coincides with Obama's visit to Boston Tuesday.

According to a source with knowledge of the piece, the Herald, which boasts a typically conservative op-ed page, contacted him to write the piece.

The former 2008 presidential candidate concluded with a final jab, equating the current situation to the economy under former President Herbert Hoover.

"Unless President Obama changes course, these job fairs, with their day-long lines of unemployed seeking nothing more than a chance to earn a living, are going to be seen as his Hoovervilles," Romney wrote.

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soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. Brian

    Hes has some nerve, never have and never will be President want to be that can only criticize. Massachusetts is not in the best shape financial either buddy so watch the stones in your glass house.

    March 8, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. Darth Vadik, CA

    Juxtaposing facts right next to what Republicans say should work to convince everyone of what is really going on, but insane Republicans won't let such scruples get in their way of plowing on with lies...

    March 8, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. NVa Native

    Romney?? So Mittens – what are your ideas? Never quite been able to put them into words? Too much of a kitty to step out in the real world with real words.
    You are a clown boy who has been riding the "old money" gravy train acting like you actually did some thing. Cutting jobs of real Americans to raise profits is just like a faux governor indiscriminately slashing state budgets using a percentage rather than actually doing your job of managing what works and what doesn't.
    You, Mr. Mittens, are nothing more than a cheap (empty) suit.

    March 8, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. joseph

    Romney's a real disappointment. Bain's a great company, but it goes to show that just like Meg Whitman, success in the for-profit world has little impact on how they do politically. The best lesson from all this, is perhaps a realization that business success often comes more from luck, than from skill or intelligence, and that those who don't mind trampling all over others have a better chance to get ahead in the commercial world. It's a stark reminder that many of our bosses today are there, not because they're better, but simply because they were luckier and perhaps politically adept in satisfying only one stakeholder–their superiors. When forced to face voters, business leaders find out that dictatorship doesn't work like it did in their prior position.

    March 8, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. Seriously?

    Mitt, Mitt, Mitt. Don't you know everything you've said and done in the past is going to catch up with you? All of your money did not get you the job last time, and now that your flip-flopping is on the front pages, do you really want to try this again? You are nothing more than a slick salesman trying to sell yourself to the American Public. Mitt – we're not buying!!

    March 8, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. Al

    Translation: "I'll stoop as low as necessary to become relevant again."

    March 8, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. Thomas

    Romney is the biggest, fakest empty suit out there. He would be the death knell for America.

    March 8, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. Flo

    'There you go again, Mitt.' to paraphrase their pseudo-hero Ronald Reagan.

    March 8, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |

    @ Gaylan Barrow
    You are right what economy, what did Bush leave of the economy to be called economy, hey you idiot, at least this president is working to give you and the likes of you who does not deserve a better life, if left to your crazy republicans the likes of Romney, Palin Buckman, you would be sitting outside in the streets begging for a piece of bread.

    March 8, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Both parties are simply encumbered with rhetoric.

    March 8, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. timz

    "'Having spent my career in the private sector, I know a thing of two about how jobs are created and how they are lost,' Romney wrote."

    Jobs are lost by putting Romney in charge.

    March 8, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. Ron

    Mitt, save your money brother. You WILL NEVER be president of the United States. It's a bitter pill, but true. It just won't happen.

    March 8, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  13. timz

    Gaylon Barrow wrote:
    "What economy. There is no economy under the Anti-Christ's regine. Hwe is out to bering tyhis country down. What's more us Americans are letting him. DON'T BE FOOLS IMPEACH THIS MAN."

    Uh, Gaylon . . . George W. Bush isn't the President any more.

    March 8, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. majikbunny

    Mormons believe that black people bear the "Mark of Cain" as a punishment from God!

    March 8, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  15. Rickster

    Romney should just come out and say that if it wasn't for his policies, Massachusetts would have entered another "Great Depression" and that he "saved" millions of jobs. Gullible people(aka democrats) would believe that.

    March 8, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. dave

    Sorry Mitt, but the truth of the matter is that this economy was driven into the ground by the greed of Wall Street bankers and their Republican puppets. And by the way, your tax dollars paid for their bonuses.

    March 8, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  17. Chas in Iowa

    Let him run,...he is such a contradiction of himself he can hold debates all by himself.

    March 8, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  18. Four and The Door

    ...and where is Obama's leadership in getting government spending in control like Americans are screaming for?!?! There is none. He's missing in action. Nowhere to be found. He peaked with Cash for Clunkers. Sadly.
    Romney 2012

    March 8, 2011 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. Jon in Rochester NY

    Romney has nice hair but that's about all he really has going for him. This man will say anything and do anything to get elected. This man is the biggest flip flopper ever!

    March 8, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  20. vajyimleej

    Oh! yes, Mitt is the real one on the top of all America leader now,why you guy are so scare him a lot.He is the strongest,smartest,look very presidential than any other including the democrats and most qualify for the presidency, he is the power full speaker,why he is in the target from every where,because they are afraid of him so much.Yes,he is the next president of the US,go Mitt,go ahead,and go alway through the white house.

    March 8, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. JustMe

    Perhaps Romney needs a reminder of who started this whole fiasco. Our former President and a member of his own party. I wouldn't be too quick to judge there, Mitt, it may just come back to bite you and your party in the you know what later on.

    March 8, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. MAC

    At least Mitt Romney has really created jobs and ran a business unlike the President (Unless you count growing government as creating jobs). On the side I just say my Senator Udall (D) Colorado talk about cutting 25B from the budget in duplication, bur just last week wasn't 200B dollars in duplication on the goverment found. Stop with the smake and mirrors and mak real cuts and whent he waste is gone maybe raise taxes to get rid of the deficit and not grow government.

    March 8, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. AC

    While awaiting moderation, I just want to say that this Morman will not get elected. Mormans do not want to serve in the miliatry, so that makes them a big 0 zero in my book!

    March 8, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  24. Name king

    I wonder what romney would have done if he was handed the second worst economy in America's history, I wonder what would he have done, it's easy to play passenger spectator sports, and shout out what the other guy is doing wrong, but tell us how would you have saved this country and the world from analiation, and don't give me that Trikle down crap either, because that was what your party did to get us into this mess.

    March 8, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. AEJ

    I think this dude is mistaken between presidents Obama and Bush. All what he outlined in this article are the exact things George Bush did. Romney = George Bush.

    Thanks to CNN for pointing oit this man and his past tapes on Healthcare reform. He boasted so much about his healthcare reform that he went on to say "this model should be nationwide". HE IS NOW RUNNING AWAY FROM HIS PAST.

    March 8, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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