Romney sticks to Obama criticism, despite naysayers
July 4th, 2011
03:07 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney sticks to Obama criticism, despite naysayers

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney repeated his campaign line that President Obama has made the economy worse in New Hampshire Monday, a sentiment that has received criticism from those on the left and independent fact-checkers.

"The recession is deeper because of our president, it's seen an anemic recovery because of our president," Romney said after a July 4th parade in Amherst.

The New Hampshire Democratic Party quickly jumped on the "debunked" claim that they said "has been central to his campaign message."

According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, as pointed out by the Washington Post, the recession officially ended in June 2009.

Romney first made a similar comment at the CNN/WMUR/New Hampshire Union Leader presidential debate in June when he said the president "didn't create the recession, but he made it worse and longer," and again during a visit to New Hampshire last week.

When pressed on the statement Friday in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Romney said he "didn't say that things are worse."

"What I said was that economy hasn't turned around, that you've got 20 million Americans out of work, or seriously unemployed, housing value still going down. You have a crisis of foreclosures in this country," Romney said. "The economy, by the way, if you think the economy is great and going well, be my guest."

When asked about the governor's comments, Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul pointed to the current economic situation, including the unemployment rate, housing prices and national debt.

"It is an undeniable fact that Barack Obama has failed to create jobs and fix the economy. He is on track to be the only president to leave office with a net job loss," Saul said. "President Obama and the Democrats will spend the next 17 months trying to distract voters from their horrible record on the economy – and it’s not going to work."


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (166 Responses)
  1. Dale

    The Republican candidates WANTED the recession to be long and deep so they could achieve their stated goal- making sure Obama is a one-term president. And they have done everything in their power to make sure this happens.

    July 4, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. zazu

    Yea! That is as true and valid as the claim that the hot air from Romney caused global warming!

    July 4, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. L for Legend

    Lots of criticism but no suggestions for improvement. He talks with empty-headed rhetoric. He ain't worth reading about.

    July 4, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. GOP = Greed Over People

    Well, there ya go.

    We now know that lying is a basic tenet of Mormonism and GOP "christianity".

    Never let the facts get in the way of what you want to say!

    July 4, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. CBR

    Mrs. Romney is a very lovely woman. Mr. Romney would like us all to believe that the economic problems began during the Obama presidency. He does not seem to remember anything before then nor does he remember his past in Massachusetts. He does not even remember the amount of money spent on the War in Iraq and the War in Afghanistan pushing us further into debt.

    If all candidates would be candid about themselves and their past activities and also lay blame appropriately it would sure be something new and actually newsworthy. The blame game is very unprofessional and promotes the message the the candidates with the negative information they will need.

    He left cities and towns to fend for themselves. He did not raise taxes he just shoved the burden onto the towns and cities. Of course, he did not waste any time leaving the area after his term was over. I am really not sure where his home of record is now.

    July 4, 2011 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. rhumba

    Don't these guys like Romney know that their statements are digitized? It's all out there just waiting for their political enemies to pull it out and play it in ads. Why do they continue to "exaggerate" (lie)?

    July 4, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  7. Patrick from Minnesota

    Obama -bashing is all the Republicans can do. They have no respectable alternatives. They saw how Ryan's plan to end Medicare went with the voters, so they're just going to stick with ignorantly criticizing their opponants.

    July 4, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Luis Vazquez

    The presidents policiesnhave certainly made things worse. The cost uncertainty of hiring employees has given companies pause when it comes to hiring. Obamacare, his policy on energy and his reluctance to tackle the federal deficit are all reasons the economy is not doing better. He has been a huge disappointment.

    July 4, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. I'm a GOP Hostage and so are you

    "Received criticism from the left"... Give me a break with that. He is FACTUALLY INCORRECT. What the heck kind of hack journalism operation are you running, CNN?

    July 4, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. BENJI

    Quit wasting yer money Romney. I'm voting for Obama because he has shown fortitude in the face of all your repulsivecan racist attacks.

    July 4, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. nru

    I love his "business" background – corporate raiding where you buy a company, raid the pension fund, and sell it. He should carry the Gordon Gecko moniker.

    July 4, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  12. George

    OBAMA 2012!!!!!! Dry up, Mitt.

    July 4, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. Shannon

    A republican who sticks to their lie, what a shock!

    July 4, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. EddyL

    JERK. And what have you done? Oh yes, you bankrupted Massachusetts.

    July 4, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. CdnJim

    Republicans have cheered whenever something bad has happened to Americans since January 2009. What's worse they have done everything possible to impede any recovery or positive outcomes for the American people, because more than anything in the best interests of the people, they hate Obama and they want their power back.

    July 4, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. Eric

    Standard GOP MO – create the massive problems we face, ignore the fact, blame the Dems and do everything they can to maintain American suffering just so they can get back in power and do the fine job they did to the nation under the wise leadership of W Bush! Where were all these "voices of reason" on the right when Bush was tearing us apart, destroying our economy, playing modern day cowboy with the world, pludering our wealth and allowing us to be ripped off by big business by letting them run amok without oversite? And why after all that are there still so many – in bad circumstances themselves thanks to those policies of the GOP defending them and anxious to give them power again? Are you secretly self destructive? Do you think you deserve to suffer? Are you nuts? The Dems definately have their problems, they too remain beholdin' to those with money and power...but the current day GOP is nothing short of EVIL. Supporting them is asking for more pain and suffering unless you're in the top 2% who benefit from their actions.

    July 4, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. dave

    Political Rule number 3: Never listen to an already refuted criticism leveled by a man named after a Baseball Glove.

    July 4, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. Luis Vazquez

    What do you liberals have to say about Obama's comments:
    1) mosodentyfying the unit that was deployed and it's member received the medal of honor?
    2) Obama stating that Austrians speak Austrian and not German?
    3) Obama stating that he had visited ?
    4 Obama chastising congress to get to work when he was headed to a fundraiser the next day?

    So many more I could list but let's see your repines to these if you have any courage that is!

    July 4, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. Charlie from the North

    Worse? Worse?
    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

    The only thing worse is the image of th GOP since they captured the house.

    Yeah Obama has made the economy worse. Hey Mitt I get that you are trying to appeal to those idiots in the tea party but come on you will have to be inteligent once in a while I mean remeber the independents? If you cede them to Obama I think it is lights out for you and your party.

    July 4, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. Linda

    Romney made his millions by putting American workers out of jobs. Look it up! He and his cronies have done nothing or suggest nothing to help – only keep the tax breaks for the wealthy , oil companies and allow companies to off-shore our jobs without any penalty. He is not who he says he is – his party left Obama with the biggest mess in our history and unlike any other period. they only care about his failure rather than the success of our nation. It is obscene!

    July 4, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  21. craig

    One problem with criticizing the actions taken to relieve the economy is that there is no way of knowing what would have happened had they not been taken. While it's true you could say "things haven't gotten (much) better" it's impossible to know if "things would have been (much) worse if 'this' hadn't been done." The joy of being a challenger is that you can say anything because you're not responsible for what did/does happen. I'd suggest every Republican candidate consider carefully what they wish for.

    July 4, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  22. Charlie from the North

    Oh, I get what "GOP = Greed Over People" is trying to say it like: "the cnadidate remarks were not meant to be actually thruthful facts but rather a reflection of what he thought might impress the Tea Party."

    I see.

    Thanks for clearing that up.

    July 4, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. Kenny K

    @Luis Vazquez, can you expanciate on how Obama's policy actually affect you from hiring? Unless you are an employer (i.e. own a business), or in management, you do not have knowledge on how employement work.

    July 4, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. GFY Mitt

    Two Questions for Mr. Romney, and all republicans for that matter:

    1. If Pres. Obama made the economy worse, tell me how. Be specific. I would like to hear exactly what the president did that deepened the recession, and will not tolerate answers like, "he's anti-business," or "his policies destroy jobs." I'll be waiting.

    2. If you were in office, what would you have done different and what would the impact of those actions be? Cite examples and back up what you say with at least some form of empirical evidence. Answers like "cut taxes," are not acceptable without explanation.

    Basic questions that any college kid would be expected to answer. What we allow our politicians to get away with is astounding. Anyone can say what they want, but no one has to back it up...

    July 4, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. Shel in GA

    Romney: I'm on a roll. Don't bother me with the facts.

    July 4, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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