Obama and Romney camps fire Tweets over jobs report
July 8th, 2011
07:05 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama and Romney camps fire Tweets over jobs report

Washington (CNN) - Welcome to the 2012 campaign, where rapid response comes in the form of poison-tipped tweets fired by the nation’s top political operatives.

Witness the battle being waged in the Twitter-verse over the disappointing June jobs report.

Friday afternoon, David Axelrod, the man leading President Obama’s re-election campaign, sent out this tweet:

“In business, Romney made a fortune firing American workers. As governor, 47th on job creation. Now? All attack, no ideas.”

The message was in response to a Mitt Romney campaign e-mail that called for the firing of top White House political adviser David Plouffe.

“If David Plouffe were working for me, I would fire him and then he could experience firsthand the pain of unemployment,” the Romney statement read.

On Wednesday, Plouffe suggested voters might look past the jobless rate in the 2012 election.

“The average American does not view the economy through the prism of GDP or unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers,” Plouffe said at a breakfast with reporters sponsored by Bloomberg News.

“People won’t vote based on the unemployment rate, they’re going to vote based on: ‘How do I feel about my own situation? Do I believe the president makes decisions based on me and my family?’”

Minutes after Axelrod’s tweet, senior Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom asked on Twitter:

“Hey @davidaxelrod, were you the one who told Plouffe to say that unemployment doesn't matter to average Americans?”

That prompted Obama campaign and White House communications veteran Bill Burton to weigh in.

“@EricFehrn, if you have to misquote Plouffe to make your point, you probably aren't on very solid ground,” Burton tweeted.

Burton left the White House in February and is now a senior strategist for the Democratic super PAC Priorities USA Action, which he helped found to compete with third-party Republican groups in the 2012 election.

The campaign crossfire underscored Romney’s Republican front-runner status, as he has drawn a steady flow of criticism from the Democratic Party all week.

Romney has focused his attacks on the economy in recent weeks, and his staff has repeatedly used the slogan “Obama isn’t working” in web videos and campaign statements.

Filed under: 2012 • Bill Burton • David Plouffe • Mitt Romney • Priorities USA • Twitter
soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. bb

    Romney has absolutely nothing.

    July 8, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. DOCinPA

    Did anyone notice that the fellow in the background, behind Romney, is wearing an identical L.L.Bean button down shirt? Are they doing the 'uniform' thing? Or, does he own that company, too?

    July 8, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    “The average American does not view the economy through the prism of GDP or unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers,” Plouffe said...
    It might surprise the Democrats to discover that the American voter really does pay attention to results. I am sure we will see some of Obama's famous Hollywood-created campaign production sets, but they will not work so well the second time around. Unfortunately, the Democrats seem to be stuck with Obama and his record for the 2012 elections. I say unfortunately because I really would like to see them put up a better fight than that. They can do better, right?

    July 8, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  4. terry,va

    There is NO way that Obummie can spin how he has collasped this nation's economy. His 830 billion stimulus didn't do anything except put this country deeper in debt and the jobs that were produced where at a cost of over $250,000 each. We the taxpayers would have been better off if Obummie would have given each of his welfare people $50,000 to keep them drunk and drugged so they could vote for him again in 2012. His recent big economic decision was to release oil out of the nation's security pool. The result, which I predicted on this network, was the oil prices would be higher in a couple of weeks and would have NO effect on lowering oil prices. Obummie is either the dumbest economic minded president we have ever had or he is intentionally trying to ruin this country to the point where no one can fix it. I'm not sure which one it is.

    July 8, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  5. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared war on America

    I certainly can't blame President Obama for the non-stop barrage of obstructionism, lies and fear-mongering from the GOBPbaggers. The teatard campaigned in '10 on jobs and now they have no plan whatsoever except their disproven BS about how raising taxes on the filthy rich won't help the economy and those tax breaks create jobs. Since we know that isn't true, we can only conclude the Greedy Old Pigs hate America and care more about their party of corporatist neocons.

    July 8, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  6. jimraytwn

    If the bush tax cuts of a decade ago were ment to create jobs, where are they?

    July 8, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  7. Bgrngod

    I'm going to need to hear a whole lot more than the good old "No new taxes for rich people" plan before I would EVER consider voting for any of the current crop of GOP contenders over Obama.

    July 8, 2011 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  8. jimraytwn

    Hey, Ari, want to weigh in here?

    July 8, 2011 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  9. Sgt Joe

    The GOP has no interest in seeing the economy rebound more or in seeing jobs growth. It would play against their banter. So they stall and obstruct every possible solution to get us there. You suck, GOP.

    July 8, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  10. Indy

    “In business, Romney made a fortune firing American workers. As governor, 47th on job creation. Now? All attack, no ideas.”

    “If David Plouffe were working for me, I would fire him and then he could experience firsthand the pain of unemployment,” the Romney statement read.

    Plouffe telling the truth 100%, and Romney having no answer other then admitting in his response that he likes to fire people for no good reason. Theres your sign ! Truth or bull crap from Romney

    July 8, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  11. raja

    Obama is working the thing is that Republicans are dragging with their full force.

    July 8, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  12. Let the games begin!

    Romney 3 Obama 0

    July 8, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans have given Americans a "SNOW JOB", it's time to put them to sleep. Americans aren't the Tea Party and the more they appease the Tea Party the more support they lose and are no longer being considered a viable party.

    July 8, 2011 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  14. Sank

    Obama just can't take it. The whiner. He doesn't get his way, he whines. He looks at the polls and sees himself sinking and he whines. He and his supporter see Sarah Palin getting ready to come out and they all start crying and whining telling their lies and bashing the lady not stopping there they even attack her family. This only confirms what trash is backing Obama. WAKE UP AMERICA IS THIS WHAT YOU WANT RUNNING OUR GOVERNMENT. Obama is a snake, a fraud, not a citizen, a fake Social Security Number but yet you let him go. WHY? ARE YOU SCARED OF HIS RACE. PROBABLY SO. FOR EVERYONE HAS STEPPED ASIDE AND LET THESE JACKALS GAIN ENOUGH POWER TO PUT A MORON IN OFFICE NOW WE MUST REAP WHAT WE HAVE SEWN.

    July 8, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  15. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Mormonism is a false religion based on lies and falsehoods. Just ask the Christian right. What does Romney know about job creation??

    July 8, 2011 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  16. Mike from MN

    “In business, Romney made a fortune firing American workers. As governor, 47th on job creation. Now? All attack, no ideas.”


    July 8, 2011 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  17. EddyL

    Republicans are scum anti-Americans.

    July 8, 2011 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  18. Peter s

    zzzzzzz!!!!! yawn zzzzz!!

    July 8, 2011 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  19. Hunsaker

    Hahahahahahahahahaaaaa.... none of this crap matters. No one is listening to any of these fools. And for you clowns who have your hopes up the Romney is going to be the Republican guy – forget it, he will not be.....

    July 8, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  20. Shannon

    Republicans take credit when the jobs report is good, and the blame the President when it's bad. They claimed they were going to focus only on jobs in 2010, but they have not passed one jobs bill. All they are interested in is protecting their rich buddies, the rest of America can crumble, it's disgusting how little they care about the country they were elected to represent.

    July 8, 2011 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  21. SecedingfromTexas

    1. Romney: Worked for Bain & Company from 1984-1999. A buy-out company that he helped develop shell companies
    and off-shore tax havens for in Bermuda and Cayman Islands. Aided this company in it's buy-outs, who in turn
    closed the American companies it bought and shipped the jobs overseas. Romney retains a private equity fund
    which paid him $1M in dividends, interest and capitol gains. Right, I'm really going to trust this guy.
    2. Republicans were more than happy to take credit for job increases in January 2011, after only being in the House
    for 19 days. They ran on jobs, they have failed to produce, take false credit, and now they are talking out of'
    both sides of their mouths. No trust here, either.
    3. George W. Bush has the "worst record for job creation since the government began keeping records". WSJ
    How's that Bushies' tax credit thingie workin' out for ya?
    Let the games begin.

    July 8, 2011 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  22. johnson

    I will never ever vote for a republican for as long as I live. They are HAPPY to see low job numbers and will BLOCK ANY measure that would create growth, this is ALL a power grab. The republicans are using their buddies in their respective red states to cause havoc which is also raising un-employment numbers. Major corporations won't hire until AFTER the next election because they wan't republican's (who favor them). This is all about getting Obama out of office and they will destroy the country to do it and we still have idiots who will go right in the voting booth and vote republican.


    July 8, 2011 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  23. johnson

    I have a question that I need help with. If all these republicans run for the nomination and don't succeed do their campaign money go to the front-runner? If this is the case that may explain why so manny are running, so that the front runner would have alot more money needed for the general election. These republicans play hard-ball and are very cynical.

    July 8, 2011 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  24. Coloradan

    June Jobs report, 18,000 jobs created. Bush's last month in office 700,000 jobs lost.

    July 8, 2011 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  25. Terry

    General Electric – over 100.000 US jobs now in China, General Motors – Drive through Flint Michigan, Bank of America, Citicard, Dell, Microsoft, Chase and hundreds more, utilize call center support in India. Millions of US jobs were shipped off shore, and the majority occurred between 2000 and 2008. I say we elect whomever can solve the problem first, or we throw them all out and form a new nation.

    July 8, 2011 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
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