Word battle wages: Romney vs. Democrats
July 5th, 2011
11:52 AM ET
3 years ago

Word battle wages: Romney vs. Democrats

(CNN) – Despite continued push-back from Democrats, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stuck to his line for a second straight day that President Obama has made the American economy worse.

"He made the recession deeper, last long and recovery more anemic," Romney said Tuesday at a town hall in New Hampshire. "He made things worse."

The newest iteration of the line comes one day after he made similar statements in New Hampshire, which resulted in a new web video from the Democratic National Committee. The spot juxtaposed his comment Monday that "the recession is deeper because of our president," with seemingly contradictory sound Friday in Pennsylvania.

"I didn't say that things are worse, what I said was that the economy hasn't turned around," Romney said Friday when asked to clarify his words.

The former Massachusetts governor 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 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."

DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse said Romney has a history of reversing positions.

"Mitt Romney has well earned a reputation as someone who changes positions with the political winds, but this is just taking things too far," Woodhouse said in a statement. "Does he really think no one is paying attention?"


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  1. jdcarnevale

    I personally have had enough of "business" people and lawyers being the only one's considered for higher office. Their interests are money and gamemenship. Neither group has much to do with the average Joe. There are a whole lot of issues in the world that dont have anything to do with either of those catagories. Romney fits the bill perfectly and I want nothing to do with him.

    July 5, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  2. chuck

    4 in door–delusional thinking that Americans would support Ryan, LOL.

    July 5, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. the_dude

    How dare he insult the great one? obama has improved the economy 100-fold.....just don't ask me how. I am only saying what I was told to say by my handlers at the dnc. Obama is great he can do nothing wrong. The economy is doing great. The people are doing great everyone is rich and happy.

    July 5, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. Davidk

    Now wait a minute!!!! According to the GOP and their reasoning behind no tax increases for the rich was that it would cause job cuts. If you tax the rich then 'that employer isn't going to hire my unemployed brother-in-law' logic. Well the GOP defeated those tax increases for the rich, so where's the jobs!!!! Sounds more like a GOP problem than an Obama problem!

    July 5, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. val

    Rich Americans don't care about low income Americans period! The REPUBLICANS ARE RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY NOT BECAUSE THEY WANT TO HELP THEM BUT BECAUSE OF POWER.

    July 5, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. A True Centrist

    This coming the same day the Obama administration themselves had to admit that they spent over $275,000 for every job created in the "stimulus package".

    Of course Obama has made matters worse. He spent almost a trillion dollars and unemployment has gone up 50% since. The debt has sky-rocketed, we have absolutely no strategy in the Middle East, he has pushed away some of our greatest allies in Israel and Germany, and he still has not addressed Social Security or Medicare. The man has been a complete failure, there is no other word that could describe his miserable two and a half years in office.

    July 5, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    Four and The Door:

    The Democratic Plan is to reform the tax code, something GOP has been screaming for for years, so Medicare and Scial Security can continue to be adequately funded The only thing that Ryan does is destroy Medicare and give people a voucher: can you honestly say a voucher of $6500 to $8000 a year is going to make a serious dent in the cost of prescriptions for the elderly, much less nursing home care? It won't. I've seen the bills my mother and in-laws already pay, and thats with the so-called wonders of the free market at work. You simply cannot accept the fact that Medicare has the lowest operating costs of any insurance program out there, bar none. No one has talked about raising taxes on the middle class, but those loopholes you seem so determined to defend don't help you, me or anyone else who works. eF they are closed, we get more revenues from the people who have been playing the system to the tune of billions and have been shipping it offshore without the rest of us getting our taxes raised. The Bush Tax Cuts have made no difference in the lives of anyone I know over the last 10 years: I would have thought we would have seen something by now. Quit defending a failed premise.

    July 5, 2011 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  8. Independet in Texas

    Perry is a fraud. Like Romney, he will say whatever it takes to get a vote. Much of his record in Texas contradicts the propaganda that comes out of his mouth. Check the available facts before you ever jump on a Perry bandwagon.

    July 5, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. Tony Z

    @Just As I Thought. Didn't Perry want Texas to leave the US? Didn't he take millions of stimulus money and put it in the Texas rainy day fund? Didn't he complain that the Feds gave no help during the wild fires, but was receiving money?

    Lets do what is Good for America not special interest.

    July 5, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. DrewL

    "It is an undeniable fact that Barack Obama has failed to create jobs and fix the economy."

    Hmmm. I thought Republicans believed that the private sector – corporations – created jobs. But now they're blaming Obama for not creating jobs. Oddly, corporate performance by just about any measure – net income, share prices – has been stellar over the past year-plus. But they're not loosening the purse strings to hire people...at least not in the U.S. I believe Republicans need to cast their blame for slow job growth at their own kind.

    July 5, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  11. coy4one

    Does anyone care what Romney says? There are what, 3,000 Republican candidates now? Eventually there will be so many candidates that all one will need to get the Republican nomination is for one of their wives (or husbands) to vote. There is obviously not unity in the Republican Party, and as history proves, once they nominate someone, they will ALL join hands and decide to all of a sudden agree with each other just to try and get elected. It is more of a hypocrite party.

    July 5, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. jb1963

    He convinced me already that he is not ready to be president.

    July 5, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    The HELL NO CAUCUS in both House and Senate has ruined this country.

    Boner is too weak to get votes. He's the worst House Weeper since Gingrich, and Gingrich brought the country to a halt and he was kicked out, while President Clinton was re-elected.

    July 5, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. Tony 140

    Regardless of whether Romney changes positions -- FACTS are FACTS -- in 2.5 years of playing spending and Socialist games with their cronies (GE, Goldman SAchs, the unions, etc) all the key measures of economic health are down – way down. This Administration needs to buck up and take resonsibility – that's what real leaders do. Quit playing politics and start governing.

    July 5, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. ART

    This comming from a man who said we should let our auto industry go bankrupt and wpu;d of just sat back with his hands off approach to fixing the economy. Republicans are just really clueless.

    July 5, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. TCM

    even on his worst day, Romney is 10x a better candidate for the presidency than Oblunder...I've seen first hand what the Obama adminstration has done; doubled unemployment, alienated our allies, pandered to illegals, homos, and deviant left agendas...Nothing or no one could be worse for the country than Obama...any Republican will beat him, soundly...unless his crooked organizers rig the voting...which wouldn't surprise me.

    July 5, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  17. AEK

    I'm very surprised that so many people are dismayed by Mr. Romney's position, even when it flies in the face of reality. The Republican Party has made it standard operating procedure to say anything, say it loud enough and long enough, and their base starts to believe it's true. You can't deny they have been successful with this pathological lying, George Bush and weapons of mass destruction, Republican Congressional candidates and their platform for more jobs in the last election. What they are really after is destroying the integrity of the United States so their business buddies can make money and they can continue to legislate what people do in the privacy of their homes. This is their concept of getting government off the backs of the people!

    July 5, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. 2JstasIthought

    To "just as I thought"

    I suggest thinking isn't your Fortel. Stick with your church for religion and values. Republican politicians are about the worst example of values there is this side of Hell.

    Secondly, the only people being paid not to work in any measure are the donor class of the Republican party. Most people who aren't working would be happy to if there were jobs they can live on. It's your ilk and your grotesque Republican party business class that has stoodby and outsourced all good American jobs to India and China.

    May you reap much of what you have harvested.

    July 5, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. duke13

    Mitt learned how to lie and twist words by reading too many of Joseph Smith's writings.

    July 5, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  20. Aaron

    Obama may have made it worse, but these Repubs have done nothing except working for the 2% of Americans who are super-wealthy to make sure they get richer while the rest of the country suffers through it.

    July 5, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  21. kyle

    It's campaign time again, it's time for the GOP canidates to run on jobs, jobs, jobs, again, and we know how that's going to turn out.

    July 5, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. A True Centrist

    "If Mitt Romney had any ideas for how to do any better, he has had 3 years of free time to advance those concepts on behalf of the nation he claims to love." – Do your research people...he has published several econcomic plans in just about every major newspaper over the past few years. I especially liked his 10-point plan in the USAToday.

    @XWngLady -"Not only did he STOP the bleeding, but we are now ADDING thousands and hundreds of thousands of jobs monthly. Consumer confidence and manufacturing are all UP from where they were. The unemployment rate has actually come DOWN from the peak of 10.1% after the millions of jobs that had been lost immediately prior to and six months after the President took office" – Another complete lie!! Do you people just make these things up hoping nobody will notice or call you out on it? The only time jobs were being created was when the government was hiring. Private sector jobs have remained a nightmare. Unemployment hit 10.2% at the end of October 2009, not six months after he took office, but a few months after President Obama stated it would not hit 8% if the stimulus package was passed. Consumer confidence fell in both May and June, more than forecasted. YOU LIE!!

    July 5, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  23. Will

    Romney would make a good looking President in a Hollywood movie for sure. In real life, I don't think so.

    July 5, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. McShannon

    Taxing the rich is counterproductive because then the rich wouldn't give generously to campaign funds. The lobbiest are in charge!

    July 5, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  25. Tubby the Tuba TEXAS

    Have'nt heard anything about Jobs from the Republcians myself! Don't think they have produced one job. They seems to spend all their time trying to get to the President. Like they did with Clinton.

    July 5, 2011 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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