Obama and Romney camps fire Tweets over jobs report
July 8th, 2011
07:05 PM ET
3 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. GI Joe

    It's funny (not) that the republicans wanted TO TAKE the credit when jobs continued to grow the first few months of this year, BUT, the bad report this month (local, state, and federal employees lost jobs at record numbers) and guess who they BLAME!

    July 8, 2011 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  2. Larry

    Romney is so fake that I want that I get the feeling I want to puke the more and more I see the guy.

    July 8, 2011 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  3. CaliforniaBC

    Honestly, not Romney nor any other Republican has anything to offer for economic solutions besides MORE tax cuts. That's their "go to" reaction. Tax cuts. We've already seen that the Bush Tax Cuts did nothing since their inception in 2003. They did nothing for job creation before the recession, they did nothing to temper the job losses during the recession and have done absolutely nothing to help create jobs since the recovery started. SO WHY are they continually pushing for them??

    Will some responsible journalists PLEASE PLEASE ask them that and HOLD THEM to giving a substantive answer or get them to admit that strategy does not work?

    July 8, 2011 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  4. black & yellow

    hey rom I got a suggestion with all your money why don't you creat opportunities for more blacks and hispanics instead of firing and sending jobs overseas and see how fast the economy recovers

    July 8, 2011 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  5. Kirsten

    still looking as to how Plouffe was misquoted....seems to me that he said that unemployment won't/doesn't matter to average Americans....

    July 8, 2011 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  6. independent

    If tax cuts really generated jobs, we'd already have more jobs than workers. The top tax rate has been cut just about every ten years since about 1949. Where are the jobs. The rates were most recently cut in 2001 and have stayed there. Where are the jobs. Businesses don't need more money to hire employees. They already have record profits, record cash-in-hand, and record overseas profits. They don't need more money; they need to start hiring! Right now the market isn't big enough because of all those people without work. Hire them, then they have money to spend on what you produce.

    July 8, 2011 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  7. shaeneqa

    obama should really apologize for that report its embarrassing

    July 8, 2011 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  8. Jewels

    And so it begins. :) I'm on Axelrod's side with this one. :)

    July 8, 2011 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  9. NoTax

    “Obama isn’t working”

    July 8, 2011 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  10. Chris

    I have one very basic, simple questions. What are republicans proposing to create jobs? They are against stimulus spending so thats out of the window, tax rates are already cut low to the bone and besides that, bush tax cuts have already been extended. So again, i ask a very simple questions. What is your plans to create jobs?! Ok you say "cut the deficit" ok explain it to me how this creates jobs?

    Say we pass a bill tommorrow that cuts the deficit, what about that will make a business owner do a complete 180 and hire workers?! Is the average business owner going to turn on the news and all of a sudden go on a hiring binge because the deficit has been cut?! again, how does cutting the deficit motivate hiring? Im not being sarcastic with my questions, i really really want it explained to me so ill understand. Thanks

    July 8, 2011 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  11. JimmyNelson

    he said... and then he said...

    July 9, 2011 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  12. Paul Ernest Show

    I keep wondering how and why any honest, genuine America should entertain the idea of electing Romney to the highest position in the world. Here is a man with the littlest regard for truth and principle. His flip-flop has exceeded any politician in modern times. His willingness to lie and deny, right before our eyes, is disgusting. Politics aside, this man represents the kind of America I do not hope to see. How can one man be so acrobatic with clear-cut issues and cases. You catch him red handed and he flips again. I hope the GOP realizes very soon and choose a better candidate to represent it.

    July 9, 2011 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  13. RichColorado

    So one thing buried in the jobs report is the large number of state and government workers that have been laid off. These have occurred in states controlled by the GOP. So these states had the power to create jobs as was the mandate when they were elected. Apparently they did not have a plan

    July 9, 2011 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  14. DanJ

    Plouffe thinks people might overlook unemployment during the elections? Really? Even employed people are feeling the crunch right now, and feeling lucky to be employed means decreased job security. Yeah, most Americans don't look a that and not worry.

    July 9, 2011 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  15. D-Nice

    Freakin children. Isn't it great these guys are running the country, or want to run the country. We're all doomed.

    July 9, 2011 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  16. Squigman

    The, (so called) concern for the middle class, is a complete smoke screen. The republican party, and those who claim to be republican, fail to see the need for middle class health and prosperiety. The democrats, or those who claim to be democrat fail to see the need for corporate health and prosperiety. The middle class, those of us stuck between these two waring factions, are paying the price for their failure to see that for all to survive, all must flourish. When you fail to see whats good for you, is also good for your neighbor, you become an untenable part of society, Your the part of the bush that needs pruned off, to ensure the health of the whole plant. Recognize this and we'll all be better off.

    July 9, 2011 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  17. NobodySpecial

    Tweet Wars . . . Wow. I wonder what George Washington would say about something like this.

    July 9, 2011 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  18. Aaron

    The lot of what we have in DC is worthless, both parties.

    July 9, 2011 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  19. logic in LA

    Does Romney want David fired so they could both be unemployed?
    How about getting Romney's old business cronies to start hiring?
    I'm beginning to think politics in the old Soviet Union was more civil than America 2011.

    July 9, 2011 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  20. CynicLgrrl

    Gee..that's great guys. Now you can Instantly act like children in TEXT! Bet you're all a real big hit on the playground. Unsuitable as adults in the real world though. This isn't reality tv either. Growthefukup

    July 9, 2011 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  21. jesse

    Sorry, but none of them are working. They don't know what it is to make hard decisions on financial issues. We are talking about people who were largely lawyers before they got to where they are now. They didn't have to go through the B.S. that most of the population does on a dayly basis. They don't have to decide whether to fill up the tank so you can get to work or to buy groceries. We're talking about a group of people who are so far and removed from the issue that they have no idea what they're talking about. The problem is, they also don't have any idea on how to actually fix it since they're not econimists or anyone with actual experience in dealing with these kind of problems. Most of that happens deeper into the state levels than anything else.

    July 9, 2011 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  22. Struggling Democrat

    You aren't working because Obama isn't working for you. Hillary 2012

    July 9, 2011 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  23. ThinkAgain

    "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."

    Romney is running scared because the FACTS show that Romney made his money breaking American companies apart, laying off American workers and shipping American jobs overseas.

    President Obama's economic policies averted the Great Depression we were headed for, staunched the jobs loss hemorrhaging and is turning the economy around.

    Regarding the jobs report: Everyone knows the reason why fewer net jobs were created than expected because Republican governors are laying off public sector workers like teachers, police and firefighters in their efforts to make the President look bad.

    Pretty darn pathetic the way the GOP is willing to throw our country under the bus to regain power.

    July 9, 2011 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  24. D

    I hope Romney whips his as*

    July 9, 2011 03:10 am at 3:10 am |
  25. Craig

    If you don't know already, the Republicans are thrilled to serve their corporate masters over the people of this country!!!

    July 9, 2011 03:30 am at 3:30 am |
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