Romney sticks to Obama criticism, despite naysayers
July 4th, 2011
03:07 PM ET
7 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. Eli

    The economy is in horrible shape and the employment situation sucks. It's not all his fault but Obama has had his chance and has not done a good job. Give someone else a chance.

    July 4, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. St8sman7

    Gee, a republicant that lies? I'm flabbergasted...

    July 4, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. Name king

    Whats up with these repugs and their word gimmicks. They know when they repeat these lies the most gullible will start believing them, hell look how it worked last election. Where was Romney when this economy was bleeding almost 800 thousand job lost a month, what would he had done to slow this horrendous momentum, stop it, and miraculously turned it around gaining private sector jobs for the past 15 months, creating over 2 million jobs in that time slot. How did Obama made the second worst economic disaster causes by the same trickle down economics worse. Obama probably will go down as one of the best president this country have ever known. All they've got on Obama is the budget deficit which he had to utilize because of the pending disaster, What is this Guy smoking.
    polices Romney want to implement

    July 4, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. Joe W

    Luis, stop falling for the GOP crap. Health plan means we have a chance to finally have a chance to have a health care plan that EVERY other major nation has had for years. Could it have been better, absolutely. IF any of the GOPers had chosen not to walk in lockstep some of the Dem's couldn't have made some of those deals.

    As for the deficit, we are running within 10% of the Bush numbers. and we would have been better if the tax cuts for the wealthy had expired. You know the people who have slated away 15% more of the total nation's wealth over the last 20 years. The top 2% now have 25% of the the nation's wealth. Small surprise that they are writing the rules in their favor. And the GOP is their favorite frontman. $3 Billion for corporate jets, small potatoes, lets cut the money from the elders and the special needs individuals, they have all they need. Class warfare and everyone else is losing. And the GOP's keep blinding their puppets with BS.

    July 4, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. TexasDude

    Wouldn't be great if ALL of these President-wannabes can campaign on facts, rather than the dribble they make up.

    People are stupid...

    July 4, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. Isaac

    Bah. If Romney was President, then the auto industry in this country would have been kaput. Fortunately, we had somebody like Obama in office to bail them out, and now because of that, Detroit is doing A-OK, making great profits, paid back the loan and we taxpayers got a nice tidy sum because of the interest!

    July 4, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Well, at some point it will be up to the voter to make up their mind if they rather believe all these false statements the GOP/TP makes about the policies of the President or if they like to fact check what really happens. Anyone leaning toward GOP/TP should get a little education – don’t be fooled so easily!

    July 4, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Marry

    Well, at some point it will be up to the voter to make up their mind if they rather believe all these false statements the GOP/TP make about the policies of the President or if they like to fact check what really happens. Anyone leaning toward GOP/TP should get a little education – don’t be fooled so easily!

    July 4, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Debby

    I say criticize away, at this point we don't have anything to lose, but everything to gain if they can get Obama and his administration out of office. They don't have the experience to fix our economy thats quite obvious by the number of jobless people out there.

    July 4, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. California Conservative

    It's obvious that democrats are trying to crash the economy by doing NOTHING about their deficit spending.

    July 4, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  11. michael MN

    Luis Vazquez , The GOP mantr that no tax hikes means the middle class will bear the brunt of the cuts and when the middle class has no money the economy grinds to a halt , I would suggest Tax rate go back to before Bush for EVERY ONE the reason there is no jobs is the middle class is not creating a demand for goods and services so go on and believe that the rich spend every thing they have driving the economy – My guess is there are banks in the cayman islands getting all kinds of new tax avoiding acounts from good american republicans

    July 4, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. works4me

    I'm sure we all would have been much better off with the McCain/Palin team, huh Romney? Spew, spew... not ideas, just spew.
    Nothing but GOPuppets!

    July 4, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. Obama is my president and always will be

    Luis Vazquez how can it get any worse, maybe that just wishful think on your part because you want President Obama to be a one time president, well if he is I hate it for you because you will have to hang with the rest of us.

    July 4, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. Winning

    The controversy doesn't matter to the right. The only thing that matters is that their candidates say what the base expects to hear. Romney might have a problem in that he has said things in the past that are not what the base wants to hear. He has flipped on many, many issues. Instead of just saying something like 'Well, as I've gathered more facts and listened to more people, I've changed my mind', he instead tries to spin it as though his new flipped position is his old one all along. It's stupid and insulting to the intelligence of anyone with an 80+ IQ.

    Long story short, he is the candidate of "say anything to get elevted." Wow, inspiring.

    July 4, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Marco

    These Republicans are just born liars.. in the article you have a quote from Romney saying that even though Obama didn't start the recession "but he made it worse and longer". Then just a couple of paragraphs laters he's quoted again "didn't say that things are worse." These guys can't even keep their lies straight and we are supposed to believe they can run the country! Give me a break!!!

    July 4, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. Four and The Door

    The nation's debt is 40% hjigher, unemployment is higher and the housing market is worse. How can anyone say Obama has not made things worse with his "fixes". He never had a plan, just a bunch of supporters to placate. Americans are ready for someone who can deliver results. Romney is one of several Republican candidates who can be that person.

    July 4, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. Discernment


    Think people if Romney really believe he can do a better job than the Obama/Biden leadership team, than why wait until he takes office in January 2013 to implement his solutions. Mitt can offer specific solutions today (July-2011) and if his plans pan out to be successful, the nation will then have proof that Romney should be president and will vote him in office on November 2012.

    But Mitt has no solutions, and he is just an empty suit. Mitt is like a skunk that spits filth on his opponent from afar because he is too much of a coward to stand on principles and challenge the President Obama on the real issues facing middle-class Americans.

    July 4, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. carrotroot

    I live in a State with a Tea Party Republican Governor, and a veto-proof Republican legislature. They have absolute control and they have not created any jobs, in-fact they have done just the opposite, they've killed off jobs and focused their entire time on nonsense issues like abortion, and drug testing welfare recipients. Not sure how that solves our budget issues, or produces jobs. But apparently the whole caring about the economy is just a ruse to push a conservative social agenda that nobody wants.

    July 4, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. GUYinVA

    The recession ended in June of 2009. Toss around all of the definitions of "recession" you want (consecutive months of growth, etc.), but a lot of the unemployed and under-employed might disagree. I think unemployment was about 9.5% then after a (although I'm sure that number was "unexpected" or "surprising" to the leftists). And 2010 was "Recovery Summer." You remember, the summer we were going to create 250,000 to 500,000 jobs each month. Right. Unfortunately, those shovel ready jobs just weren't a s shovel ready as the administration thought they were (cue the disconnected elitist laughter).

    July 4, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. Jason D

    He really needs to come back to reality.the banks brought us to the edge of bankruptcy and he'd have bailed them out still...hed hurt education, healthcare, welfare, state workers, pensions for middle class america and deliver trillions in tax benefits for the richest 2% and corporations that basically now OWN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY...and he thinks obama did a bad BUSH DID A BAD JOB AND ROMNEY IS AS BAD AS BUSH WAS

    July 4, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. Ex-GOP Con

    I'm just glad that President Obama and the Dems were able to stop another looming Great Depression. If it were up to the GOP they would have let another one occur and weather it with all the tax savings they hoarded during the Bush years instead of reinvesting and hiring people. I'll tak 8-10% unemployment over the 25-30% that would have happened under a McCain-Palin watch.

    The right IS becoming deranged.
    Vote for Term Limits for Congress!
    Save Marriage: Ban Divorce, Criminalize Adultery!

    July 4, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  22. Adalbert

    There is no question about it. The "patriotic god loving" republicans and their tbagging friends are doing everything that they can to sabotage this country’s recovery and Mr. Obama. Empty suit, Mr. Romney and his cronies call our President everything under the sun because they hate him. Why? Because he is black? There is no doubt about it. On the other hand, the criminal friends of the republicans on wall street have ruined our lives, they have stolen billions from us and they are getting away with it. Typical republican fair game.

    July 4, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  23. charles

    Republicans sing only one song, make the rich richer. Democrats sing the other way, put everyone on wellfare. There is no common ground to help this country get out of the deep hole he Romney and fellow republicans put this country into. If he is genuine in his critisim, he would mention when this down fall started. He would support raising some form of tax to pay what his party put this country into. We are waging two republican wars which he frantically been supporting. Ask him how we have been paying for those wars. We have to make deep cuts all across, not only from the poor, but aslo from the rich, by raising some tax. Close all the roopholes in the current tax code . I believe if we genuinely tell the people, they will listen. Lets not politicize this, otherwise some people might feel as if though they are the victims of the bad policies.

    July 4, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  24. Luis is a Fool

    "The cost uncertainty of hiring employees has given companies pause when it comes to hiring." Wrong. Whats stifling employment is the fact that companies are able to walk away with more cash thanks to big business tax cuts and loop holes, the ones so adamantly defended by the GOP. We taxes are at a reasonable level, companies invest more money on training and hiring employees since that is tax free investment instead of just looting and running and working with a skeleton crew. See: Bill Clinton

    July 4, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  25. Paul Williamson

    Romney is either a deliberate liar for political purposes or he has no connection with reality during the last 5 years -either way, he would make a poor president.

    July 4, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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