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. duke13

    Willard Romney believes as long as he has his magic underwear on he can change any facts that he wants to and he will never be caught.

    July 4, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  2. Robrob

    "it's seen an anemic recovery" – – From the recession caused by your party?

    July 4, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  3. Flint Rock

    One thing that Democrats/Republicans have in common is that they both have discovered that Romney is
    nothing but a water bucket with no water.

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

    Welcome to the GOP, where INTEGRITY is optional.

    July 4, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  5. ulearn

    GOP, It doesn't help when people on the left make bigoted comments any more than when people on the right do it. You can attack the man's positions, record, and even his personality if you like, but don't attack the man's religion. By the way, not all Mormon's are Republicans. Harry Reid is Mormon, and yes (as you probably inferred), I also am Mormon. I usually vote Democrat and would vote for Obama over Romney or any of the other Republicans, except maybe Huntsman. However, Huntsman will never get the nomination. There are too many religious bigots in the Republican base.

    July 4, 2011 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  6. Randy, San Francisco

    Usual GOP/Tea Party tactic of distortions, lies, personal attacks, and half truths. When taken to task by the media or fact checkers, make no apologies, issue a denial, accuse media of bias or taking statement out of context.

    July 4, 2011 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  7. kyle

    Bush lost 8 million jobs, Obama has gain jobs, and who made the economy worse?

    July 4, 2011 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  8. The Other Campaign Strategist @ 115th & Amsterdam Ave.

    In the past 2.5 years, I`ve not heard Mitt Romney advance any solutions to the President. We all know Obama is open-minded enough to consider a good idea if Romney could come up with one.

    Romney has nothing better to offer. All he can do is bitch, bitch, bitch.

    If he cared about America , AND thought he had the solution, why didn`t he spend a few million of his own dollars to publicize it? Why didn`t he use his vaunted executive leadership to move it forward?

    Tax cuts for "job-creators" is all the `economic plans` Romney can muster.

    July 4, 2011 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  9. Dot

    Mr. Rommney please explain to me why is it that the upper imcome level people(ones that hires/creates jobs) are not doing so.? They have continued to receive the favorable tax break from the Bush era.

    July 4, 2011 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  10. davverizon.netey

    the american middle class is not dumb, mitt, the dumb chick from alaska, and the lawyer tea bagger want you to think they are right, bash our leader instead of supporting him and try to get this country back on track. stand up americans and fight the gop, to step up to the plate and work with our president would get them a little more ear time, but for now we all are hearing their bull, and they will destroy this country if they ever get back in charge. "MIDDLE CLASS FOR OBAMA IN 2012" and andrew cuomo will be the one to win it with him !!!

    July 4, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  11. Mike

    How about "Romney sticks to Obama criticism despite TRUTH"?

    July 4, 2011 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  12. JCG

    Can't really add to what the vast majority folks are saying about Romney/GOP, I agree with you...Let me put another slant on it, tongue planted firmly in cheek...Someone's special holy Mormon undergarments are way too snug and cutting off the circulation of blood to the brain thus causing him the inability to comprehend reality...Sad really, he MAY MAY MAY have had the chance to make the GOP mildly tolerable...

    July 4, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  13. FM

    Now I get it why the majority are not enthusiatic with this moron. With this character of off and on and off with lies can not motivate people at all. Let him burn his money and waste his time again, as he did in the last election. No way he will be able to make it.

    July 4, 2011 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  14. Scott A

    The economy is not improving because Republicans are doing their most to keep it down and make the Democrats look awful. The Democrats aren't helping either because they are spineless and weak to care. If you have a choice between evil (the Republicans in D.C.) or weak (the Democrats in D.C.), which would you choose?

    July 4, 2011 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  15. buckeye chuck

    There is not a single republican candidate that can tell the truth. They are all about hate, lies and greed, and they call themselves Americans.

    July 4, 2011 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I would like to see something from Romney that is more than the "cut taxes" & "cut regulations" because they haven't done much. Cutting regulations only hurts us in the long run. I haven't heard anything from Romney (or anyone else for that matter) to explain why their plan, if they have one, would work and be better than Obama. Give me a plan that isn't more of the same crap that the GOP has said in the past.

    July 4, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |

    What a bunch of gutless, spineless, jellyfish liars these Republican candidates. Obama has put his Presidency on the table, by making courageous calls,.. killing Bin Ladin, saving the auto industry, health reform, financial reform and a slew of other important legislation,.. all the while the Repugs, stalled, obstructed, and laid a mine fields in his path. Romney and his ilk, should have such courage and conviction. Liars all of you Repugs.

    July 4, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  18. A Alley

    Without a doubt the economy is a mess and Obama and his economic policies have made it worse. Romney and about 60% of the American people understand that reality and want to do something about it. To disagree with his assertion is to be so hopelessly politically enslaved by leftist ideology that no dose of reason or facts can correct.

    It turns out Obama wasn't up for the job, it truly is time for change.
    I do hope that we will vote for someone that believes in less government, lower taxation, less regulation, more freedom, both economic and social, and a belief in the markets. It works every time.

    July 4, 2011 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  19. Dave Jaipersaud

    Does anyone expect the truth from Repbulicans? They always make up fictions and pretend that it is factual. My fellow Americans, don't let anyone pull the wool over your eyes. You know what the facts are. The stock market is way up versus the lows during the recession. The unemployment rate is down versus where it was during the heart of the recession, our economy have actually added new jobs almost every month over the last 15 months versus loosing 600,000 to 700,000 a month during the recession,, and I can go on and on. These are the facts. If you want to save this country, don't listen to fiction, think for yourself and don't let idiots and liars think for you.

    July 4, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  20. iHateStupid

    Oh, great everyone! Good news...the recession "officially" ended in October 2009!

    July 4, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  21. iHateStupid

    "...a sentiment that has received criticism from those on the left and independent fact-checkers." Lol, what a croc. By "independent fact-checkers" they mean left-wing hacks that formerely worked for an obviously bias organization to work on their own. Thanks CNN!

    July 4, 2011 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  22. james

    Okay I think the economy could be better but being wore than when obama came into office is just crazy. the stock market was going into the 6,400 because of the Bush no regulations on the market, and it has came back into the 12,400 so I just think this is an outright lie.

    July 4, 2011 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  23. Brian

    The recession ended a long time ago. The recovery hasn't been as brisk as we'd like, but that's for a million reasons that have nothing to do with politics or the president. It has to do with the American worker and the American company. Both spoiled and self interested to a fault.

    July 4, 2011 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  24. Let the games begin!

    You silly Democrats. This is a remarkable play for Mitt. I applaud him for hitting the ball out of the park. He is throwing out bait for you to attack on so that the headlines are about Romney and Obama and how bad Obama made the economy. You all fell for it. You even spent money attacking him on the flip in an attack video. Apparently the flip really didn't happen because he's still saying Obama made the economy/recession worse. He wants to keep the message about the economy so Obama loses and Mitt wins. Don't hate him because he's playing the game better. Take a look at the polls. Show a little sportsman like appreciation and tell your candidate Obama to try harder because Mitt is catching him. I like Obama myself and would only not vote for Obama, at this point, if Romney was on the ticket.

    July 4, 2011 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  25. Mike from MN


    It took Bush/GOP 8 years to create the recession.

    It took Obama about less than 5 months to end the recession.

    But somehow the GOP wants to blame Obama for the job losses that were a continuation of the Bush/GOP job losses during those 4-5 months that Obama began implementing his economic policies.

    The job losses during Obama's first 4-5 months is still a result of Bush/GOP economic policies. Erase those numbers and Obama has a NET JOB GROWTH.

    In fact, even with those numbers still in, Obama has created more jobs than Bush/GOP did in 8 years!

    July 4, 2011 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
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