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
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  1. anthonyn31

    Well, guess I'm not voting a Mormon for 2012. Enough said!

    July 4, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  2. colowest

    Lordy I wish these clowns would quit all signing the same sorry song and tell us how THEY would make things better instead of how Obama's made everything worse. Tax cuts and deregulation? That's what got us here in the first place!

    It is amazing - three suits that combined are almost as exciting as watching paint dry, and five crazies - two skirts, a pizza dude, a guy who thinks he was born in the 1700s, and a truly-dangerous lunatic - who I admit are amusing, but..... I guess there really aren't any Eisenhowers left!

    July 4, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  3. Joan

    People outside of your country look at the problems with a bit more neutrality. Everyone just wants the US to prosper because then by osmosis, so do the rest of the countries of the world. The recession started on Wall Street and dominoed around the world. The Republicans ran on jobs, jobs, jobs, last November. They got in and have done nothing to help the situation. In fact, they are trying to make things worse to make the President look bad. Actually, it makes them look worse because he already has a list of people he has helped like the auto workers, those with poor health insurance, etc. but what have they done? That is what the electorate should be reminded of in 2012. Right now America finally has a smart, caring, pragmatic and gutsy President who has the common sense to look at the long range plan not just an election. If a Republican gets in , trust me there will be a huge groan heard around the world and that is a fact.

    July 4, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  4. GOPsux

    Since when do facts matter to the Gop ?

    July 4, 2011 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  5. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    When will the mainstream media start asking Mitt exactly how many jobs he created as a "businessman," as opposed to the number of jobs he sent overseas while he was executing American companies and collecting FAT bonuses to do so? When will the mainstream media start asking Romney at what point did he oppose the health care reform he so aggressively supported as Mass Gov? When will the mainstream media ask Mitt if he would pay 5% more in taxes to help attack the deficit? Obama is licking his chops.

    July 4, 2011 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  6. Art R

    All I ever hear is how Obama's policies have "failed". When he took office the economy was losing 750,000 jobs per month with the stock market still going down. A moderate stimulus was started to counter that but the right wingers never say what they would have done – nothing. In fact the right wing didn't want TARP from Bush either – it's a "bailout". Well if it wren't for that bailout, ATM machines would have been shutdown in a matter of days since each bank could't accept the risks of dealing with another bank. The mentality of the right wingers was to do nothing and let Great Depression II proceed – unfetterd capitalism. Well without TARP the number of unemployed in the extreme right (with everyone else) would have been probably 18% instead of the 9% now. But of course the extreme right is not interested in dealing with reality.

    July 4, 2011 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  7. Debbie

    Same guy who believes in golden plates and magic underware.

    July 4, 2011 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  8. Art R

    Romney only has his standard mantra of cutting taxes, especially for the rich such as himself. My guess is that the repubs would really like to have a negative income tax for the rich, i.e. The government would give the wealthy money as a token of gratitude for them being rich.

    July 4, 2011 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  9. Peter s

    The anatomy of a noose is such as this,
    1.the open end is called a honda
    2.the knots are known as hangmans knots (depending on styles)
    3.the end that is plain is the hitch
    Romney!! please keep on trying your own noose, when it fits please, let us know

    July 4, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  10. Howard

    Romney-He's got the hair–he's got the looks-If he only had a brain!!!!!!

    July 4, 2011 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. rude

    And his plan is.............

    Whining will not bring jobs.

    July 4, 2011 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  12. Nancy

    Hey Mitt, what's your solution?? Yeah right you have zip to offer, no ideas, no solutions nothing just like the other whining GOP crack heads. Enough with your B.S.! Either come up with specific and practical solutions or just shut up. Btw, do I have to remind you not to jump ahead of your self? You'r no even leading that much among the repubs. What the heck makes you think you even have the intelligence to run against Obama?

    July 4, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  13. Pat in IL

    He's going to have to do better than that if he wants to get respect. Nobody wants to hear a tired, made up whine over and over again. Let's hear from him (or any other republican) some solid ideas of how they would run things, instead of just Obama bashing.

    July 4, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  14. jim

    " ... a sentiment that has received criticism from ... independent fact-checkers."

    once again conservatives ignore facts. why can't they use facts? don't they realize how stupid that makes them look?

    July 4, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  15. Jeff

    Typical Republican, in denial about the facts and offering nothing but prosperity for their rich cronies. The GOP has NOBODY nor do they have sustainable policies to seriously challenge for the White house. Just come onto this message board to read comments and you will see the true Republican spirit, they are a joke and unfit to govern anything.

    July 4, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  16. Romney' s wrong. . . he knows it, but he has to out-hack . . .

    the rest of the Republic candidates.

    July 4, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  17. Scott

    I find it ironic that Republicans embrace socialism by claiming that it is up to Obama's government to create jobs. I've always believed that is the duty of the private sector. And I find it sad that Romney is the likely Republican nominee. Why can't Republicans draft someone like Colin Powell or Orrin Hatch or Olympia Snowe to give voters a decent alternative? It would not be so bad if Romney actually had some ideas and showed some conviction. Romney comes across to me as a mean old bastard without any ideas other than to criticize Obama. His competitors for the nomination fall under two general categories. One is lackluster such as Huntsman (aka Romney's Mormon double look-a-like). The other is the rabid dogs such as Bachmann (aka Sarah Palin's "wicked witch of the North" double look-a-like). The rabid dogs make good news copy since they often come across as intellectually challenged if their handlers are not around.

    July 4, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  18. The Dude

    Luis – Most people in this country (a slim majority, but a majority nonetheless) work for large corporations, these large corporations are not hiring because it cuts into their profits and the insanely large bonuses received by the company's CEOs, CFOs, COOs, Presidents and their plethora of Vice Presidents. I know, I've seen is myself.

    I work for a large corporation at the bottom rung and the small store I work in makes enough in profit every month to pay the local District Mgr's. and Regional Mgr.'s monthly salary, and my "district" comprises in upwards of 20 stores many of which produce a lot more revenue per month than mine. Where is all that money going? Not towards staff, every store is running on a skeleton crew because "the economy is so bad".

    Yes – but also Corporations are greedy!

    Also, corporate stocks go up if they can prove on Wall St. that they can do more with less, and less, and less.

    Obama has nothing to do with this... It was going on when the economy was "strong" under GW, it'll keep going on long after we see a total recovery, which i'm not sure we will. As long as there is fear of unemployment in the hearts of the rank-n-file big business will be able to do whatever it wants.

    End rant.

    July 4, 2011 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  19. Joshua Ludd

    Funny how the party that actually caused our economic meltdown and record debt want to run on Obama being at fault for it while he has actually helped the economy start a slow recovery... and after our economic fall any recovery would be slow. Obama and the Democrats are far from perfect... but the are certainly better than the liars and whackjobs that the republicans are putting up for 2012.

    July 4, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  20. Philip2

    Flat-out lie. Lie about your own lies. Have your surrogates arrogantly lie and lie and lie.

    Lie, knowing that your base is not interested in the truth anyway.

    But what will you do when you face the general electorate...and the videotapes of your lies and backtracking and lying about lying, etc.???

    July 4, 2011 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  21. JR

    I hear a sound............flip flop flip flop......why it must be Romney giving a speech, I wonder what he's reversing himself on today?

    July 4, 2011 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  22. Cate

    To the liberals commenting:

    Please continue your posts. Your idiot comments are helping the Republican Party way more than any campaign ever could! You can't blame a failing economy on the wishes of the opposing party. Do I hear a cop out?

    Actions speak louder than words :)

    July 4, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  23. B

    Everyone keeps blaming bush for the economy...yes he was an idiot and didnt know what was going on but he inherited an economy that was in a sharp decline from the end of the information era boom...people keep missing that picture...the 90s were a prosperous time because of the computer and internet boom...we havent had such a boom since 2000 so thats why the economy is so stagnant...not because of one person...obviously people forget that we have 3 branches in our governement so i dont understand why people want to blame one person

    July 4, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  24. Bob in Pa

    Absolutely, He has made changes that will echo throughout years to come. We want freedom and choices not be mandated by a bunch of tzars.

    July 4, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  25. Indy

    Romney is unemployed and that in itself is enough reason to not vote for him. How can you possibly vote for someone to be President that is too lazy to have a job. He has massive resources and if corporations will not hire him how in the heck can he expect Americans to hire him for the biggest job in the land. Romney is yesterdays news and I have no respect for someone in his wealth bracket that does not have a job other then lying to the masses. Just say no to unemployed Presidential candidates that have previously failed at a bid for the Whitehouse. What a dick running for POTUS when you cant even hold a job !!!

    July 4, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
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