Obama = Carter, Romney says
July 15th, 2011
09:48 AM ET
7 years ago

Obama = Carter, Romney says

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney leveled his harshest criticism to-date against President Obama Friday comparing the current president to former one-term Democratic President Jimmy Carter.

The former Massachusetts governor is expected to link the Democrats while campaigning in New Hampshire Friday. In a press release, Team Romney said Obama's comments Thursday in a television interview that Americans are "stressed out" are equivalent to Carter's 1979 "Malaise" speech when he said Americans have a "crisis of confidence." Friday is the 32nd anniversary of the address.

"Yes, Mr. President, Americans are stressed – stressed about rising unemployment, falling home prices, and an economy that's isn't working for them," Romney said in a statement. "Not since Jimmy Carter have we seen such failed economic policies. Who would have guessed that we'd look back upon the Carter Administration as the good old days?"

As the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, Romney, a former businessman who's making his second bid for the White House, has consistently taken aim at the president over his handling of the economy, telling voters it helps to have had a job if you hope to create jobs.

At an event in New Hampshire Thursday, Romney needled the president over the debt ceiling negotiations.

"Come on, Mr. President," Romney said. "You can, by yourself, cut spending, agree to cap the spending and put in place a balanced budget amendment."

Brad Woodhouse, communications director for the Democratic National Committee, said Romney's proposed economic plan would "benefit millionaires at the expense of the middle class."

"Mitt Romney is so out of touch he thinks what Americans need right now is to make life more difficult for seniors by ending Medicare and slashing Social Security to continue funding tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires," Woodhouse said in a statement. "Mitt Romney's failed leadership and policies are a form of stress no American should be subject to."

Filed under: 2012 • Jimmy Carter • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. ja

    he is right, carter was dogged by the evil republicans, but he was a better president than any recent republicans

    July 15, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. gt

    thats not true... he is more like george bush... no jobs , 2 wars, good dad,big spender and lousey leader...

    July 15, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  3. A Kickin` Donkey

    Romney = Increasing UNEMPLOYMENT.

    Just ask the workers at the companies that this corporate raider / outsourcer took over.

    July 15, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. kyle

    Romney's campaign will be run on lies, he didn't create jobs, romney = Bush.

    July 15, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  5. 'merica ruined by rethugs

    Romney = Flip-flops
    Romeny = waffles
    Romney = sock puppet
    Romneycare = Obamacare aka Obamneycare (thx Timmy)
    Romney < Dubya Bush
    Romney < Perot
    Romney = GOP's problem child (can't vote for him, he's a Mormon)

    How's Bain Capital treating you, Willard the Job Destroyer?

    July 15, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. Bill

    Poor Mitt Romney will say or do anything to try to become president. Sorry Mr. Brylcreem, the American public are not buying your baloney.

    July 15, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. rosaadriana

    Romney who? Is this the only way he can get into the news now? All of the GOP candidates have become irrelevant during this debt ceiling budget fiasco. Where are their ideas?

    July 15, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. Tim

    I heard Carter and Obama had a meeting that ended with "I know you are and so am I".

    July 15, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. Busted2010

    Wow, this coming from the guy who's company advises on exporting jobs to China and India. Plus, what's Romney's economic solution.... more tax cuts, and more cow bell

    July 15, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  10. Natalie in MN

    Excuse me, Mr. Romney....just who's economic policies are really to blame here? Gee, and our economic woes have nothing to do with what you GOP'ers just hate to hear over and over again.....BUSH's mess? Two undfunded wars, deregulation of Wall St, etc.? That took years to collapse us, so don't give us that crap that it's Obama's "policies" failing, Mr. Romney, while you sit there prepared to do all the wrong things for America. Thanks to Obama, we didn't continue the bleeding of 700K jobs per month. How quickly those in denial forget! Love it when you even blamed him in that commercial for closing a manufacturing plant when the CEO himself said if it wasn't for Obama, the new facility just across the street wouldn't be there. GOP lies are getting more and more extreme. Goodbye, GOP, RIP.

    July 15, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  11. Max

    Past President Carter is helping people that are not able to help themselves by building homes for them to live in, bringing people of all races to build and get to know each other. And that's the company President O should keep. Mr. Romney, what have you done on a personal level to help someone? I do not mean to help for a tax write off, what have you done. Quit your name calling and find a way to help someone a little at a time. Help get our country back together, don't keep pulling it apart, I don't care if you only want President O to have only one term. What about the country or is it all about President O. If it was not for working class Americans, rich people, like yourself, would have nothing.

    July 15, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  12. once upon a horse

    and Romney = Romney, the same one that didn't get the nomination in 2008. I wonder how he likes that new hidden video that's come out about him and his great job killing skills from the 90's.

    July 15, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. workingclass

    Well, Romney ain't no Reagan so he can talk all the smack he wants but it's not going to get him anywhere.

    July 15, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Romney is trying to connect dots that do not exist. Most voters do not remember back that far, Governer, because most voters were not even voting then. Most were too young, or not even born. If anything, Governer, you are disconnecting the dots and the voters. Most people have no clue what you're talking about, which makes you appear as if you don't know what you're talking about.

    Good try, though. But, we still haven't heard how you plan to create jobs. Your jobs record is nothing to proud of. Governer, you were a professional down-sizer. You really are the guy who fired someone's Dad.

    July 15, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  15. joe the plumber

    what's this guy talking about?jimmy carter is better that your republican president, bush.obama has done what bush could't do for 8 years,romney flip flopper...

    July 15, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    Quit selling Former President Carter Short. Read history...Peace agreement still in effect...started us on clean energy....President Obama is doing the best he can with the "kids in the house". Enough!

    July 15, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  17. GL

    It would be so funny if Michelle B. not Mr. Flip Flop right out of the race.

    July 15, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  18. Anonymous

    I used to like Romney... new he is just another Tea Party hack.

    July 15, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  19. sue

    Not since Carter he says have we been in such failed economic policies??????? Was he asleep or DEAD through the 8 years of their former GOP President BUSH??????? How soon they forget......or how easy and shamless it is that they alway blame the other party for their own mistakes and miss deeds........why weren't they trying to stop the raiseing of the debt ceiling when Bush was in office, where were they when Bush was driving up the unemployment and spending billions on the 2 wars he got us into?........Romney is the worlds worse flip flopper and all he can run on like all the others is what Obama is doing wrong......this is going to be their Waterloo..........History will prove that Bush was worse than Carter

    July 15, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  20. FauxPalin

    Looking back Pres Carter was a darn good president. It is only that the dirty Repubs who are constantly swift boating him have always made him look bad in America's eyes. Their constant rhetoric dissing Carter

    has been their mantra for all these years.
    they are the party of disgust.

    July 15, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    The last time a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution was proposed, the GOP failed to give it the support needed to pass because they would have been forced to watch Bill Clinton get credit for it. I also find it amusing that in spite of the GOP's professed "reverence" for the Constitution, they are always looking to amend it, on everything from flag-burning and marriage to the balanced budget. The last truly bipartisan effort to amend the Constitution was the ERA battles of the 70s and 80s, and the conservative wing of the GOP killed that, with dire threats of uni$ex bathrooms( among other things) even though the late, great, Betty Ford was amongst its greatest champions. Quit holding the document in such high regard if you are willing to change it at the drop of a hat. Last time I checked, the only expertise Romney really has is laying off workers and closing companies down ( only after he has pocketed a nice spiff for himself): debt ceiling negotiations, like everything else, is out of his silver-spoon area of expertise. Please confine yourself to explaining why we should elect a man to be POTUS who changes his positions more frequently than most people change their socks.

    July 15, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  22. Jacquie

    And what does Romney know about creating jobs? Seems to me he made it his business at Bain to eliminate jobs.

    July 15, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  23. vet in texas

    "Not since Jimmy Carter have we seen such failed economic policies. "
    Mitt must have been asleep the during the last administration, which was a complete and utter failure with every policy. I'm giving the posters an opportunity to name anything good that W accomplished during his 8 years in office, and "helping the kids in Africa with aids" doesn't count.

    Remember, McCain himself stood on the floor and confirmed that torture had nothing to do with gettin Bin Laden.

    I'll bet there will be several "he kept us safe" examples that still aren't true.

    2 words Mr. Romney will never be referenced to in his life.........Mr. and President

    July 15, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  24. Namekenneth Williams

    Is that supposed to be a put down Mr job killer?, just pray that you get out of the gop primary first before you play with the big boys Mr magic underwear man.

    July 15, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  25. Biggge

    Did this guy not live thought the Bush years.. Name calling is not going to work, where are your solutions....The same group bring up job creation is the same group laying off state worker... The private sector has been hiring and the GOP Gov. are doing the firing....The States are the only segment laying off, In Texas the Gov. Perry turned down Education money and then cut teachers.. Now I see, Romney was one of the guys that benefitted from Bush policy's.. How can we expect a Rich guy like Romney to raise his own taxes.....

    July 15, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
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