Campaigns react to Romney jobs plan
September 6th, 2011
05:53 PM ET
3 years ago

Campaigns react to Romney jobs plan

Washington (CNN) – Competing campaigns reacted quickly to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's jobs speech in North Las Vegas, Nevada Tuesday.

Obama for America, President Barack Obama's campaign for reelection, called Romney's plan a repackaging of the "same old policies that helped create the economic crisis."

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"While Mitt Romney spoke today about the struggles of the middle class, he offered a plan that would tip the scales against hard-working Americans," read a statement by the president's campaign.

Romney drew a response from the right, as well.

"As Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney failed to create a pro-jobs environment and failed to institute many of the reforms he now claims to support," wrote Mark Miner, Rick Perry's national press secretary, in a statement.

Even before Romney made his remarks, some of his other competitors for the Republican presidential nomination put out statements critical of the plan.

Standing under a banner that read "Day One, Job One," Romney said that his first actions as President would be to counter what he called harmful policies of the Obama administration.

In the speech, Romney said his program would deliver economic growth of 4 percent and bring the corporate tax rate down to 25 percent, down from 35 percent.

Romney first outlined his plan in a USA Today piece published Tuesday.

"Only the individual initiative of entrepreneurs, workers, investors and inventors enables companies, and our economy as a whole, to flourish," wrote Romney. "The contrast between what the Obama administration has done and what I would do as president could not be starker."

Obama plans to unveil his jobs plan to a joint session of Congress on Thursday.

The president previewed aspects of his jobs plan in a speech on Monday. Among the proposals he plans to detail are increased construction spending and extending the 2011 payroll tax cut.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Rick Perry
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Jilli

    Wow, tax cuts and deregulation – real job creators. Same old warmed over republican tripe. We tried it that way, and look where it landed us – where we are today.

    September 6, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. Ken in MD

    What a new idea – cut taxes on the rich and let the wealth "trickle down" to the middle class. An idea that's only failed about a dozen times now.

    September 6, 2011 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Liberals are trying to put money into the hands of consumers, who create demand, which creates jobs. Conservatives are trying to put *more* money into the hands of people who are not job creators. If these people were going to create jobs or new businesses, they already have the resources to do so. If not, then a tax cut will not provide sufficient resources to make a difference. They will invest in new businesses and jobs without a tax cut, anyway. Tax cuts for the wealthy take money out of the economy, and sends it into overseas investments.

    September 6, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  4. QS

    Mitt "corporations are people" Romney thinks corporations enjoying their lowest tax rate in this country EVER is doing wonders for hiring and believes to speed along that supposed "growth" we should cut those tax rates for corporations even lower so they'll, what, hire even more people?

    C'mon Mittens, same old same old isn't going to cut it. Spending on infrastructure anyone? No? Oh, that's right, because that would actually benefit the economy and no republican in their right mind (figure of speech, none are in their right minds) would allow something positive to happen on jobs just before a presidential election!

    September 6, 2011 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  5. w l jones

    The president recommend laws only congress can past them! back to square one. This is the way our system been working every since 1780s. Bless.

    September 6, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  6. TEA PARTY Mike

    Republican candidates are going to go after each other, just like Obama and Hillary did. That is nothing new. Obama even attacked Hillary for supporting a mandate that everyone should have to purchase health insurance, and now he supports it, and now it is on the verge of being ruled unconstitutional.
    And who cares what Obama's opinion is. His first plan has already failed and wasted over a trillion dollars. His approval rating is only 26% on the subject of the economy and creating jobs. Why would anyone want his opinion on the subject. He is really out there demanding that Republicans support his yet to be revealed new plan when he has already proven he has no idea how to create jobs. Once Obama releases his plan, Republicans and the American people will determine if there is anything worth while in it. Only an idiot would take the word of someone who is a total failure on the subject. Obama can rant and demand all he wants, but if his new plan is no better than the first stimulus, no one, Republicans or voters, are going to support it. And if the first stimulus had worked, we would not need to listen to this pompous blow hard give a speech telling us once again that if we pass this stimulus bill right away, without any questions, it will create millions of jobs.

    September 6, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. hondabear

    these guys can't even agree w/in their own party!! there is NO hope that they will agree w/ our President on his job plan.politicians need to stop worrying about their own jobs and work together and get America working again.

    September 6, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  8. Me

    So, corporations will be less in taxes? But they don't move jobs overseas for cheaper taxes, they move jobs for cheaper wages. Once again, just fattening of the CEOs wallets.

    September 6, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    Obama for America, President Barack Obama's campaign for reelection, called Romney's plan a repackaging of the "same old policies that helped create the economic crisis."
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    No, actually Barney Frank and Alan Greenspan created the economic crisis. Obama, Pelosi and Reid have tried to make it last forever while spending America into the dirt along the way to create ZERO jobs.

    Mitt Romney knows how economics work. He can guide America out of the unemployment, big debt and downgrades that have been the hallmark of the Obama Administration.

    September 6, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  10. Brock

    oh wow Romney has a book!!!! wow!!!!

    Go Ron Paul!!!!

    September 6, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If I pay 28% of my income on federal taxes, why is it that GE and Bank of America can make billions and not pay any taxes? Corporations are definitely not people, since people are required to pay taxes. Would some tea bagger tell that to Mittens?

    September 6, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  12. mary

    Mitt, same old same old. Yes roll back policies designed to avoid costing us bailout money to wall street. Plus you were not a job creator you were an outsourcer of American jobs!!!! I can't wait until the public finds out your business experience.

    September 6, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  13. jobless

    I am sick and tired of hearing this man, at no one time I have ever heard him complete a whole sentence without taking a swipe at Obama. This whole job speech is just a bunch of hog wash there is nothing original here.

    September 6, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  14. G

    Someone should call Ronald Reagan Jr. and let him know that Mitt Romney is plagiarizing his father's policies. Mitt Romney has absolutely no idea on how to govern this country. He has to use ideas belonging to someone else.

    September 6, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  15. mary

    Good, now work with the president to create the jobs you lied about creating in 2010.

    September 6, 2011 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  16. mack

    It sound like the jobs plan Romney has is the create one for him and a bunch of his friends. A real jobs plan would be to bring back to the U S all the Jobs he exported overseas.

    September 6, 2011 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  17. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    That's not a jobs plan, it's just more cult nonsense from the GOBP cult of corrupt corporatism. And a tax plan is not a jobs plan, since we already know that tax policy has little to do with creating jobs unless it puts money in the hands of those who would spend it, ie, the poor and middle class.

    September 6, 2011 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  18. David

    Who cares what this corporate owned robot thinks.

    September 6, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  19. Al-NY,NY

    same old, same old. Cut taxes, end regulations, and cut spending. Where have we heard this one before??? Entitlements and the military are the biggest spenders so where is the $ for your 5% gonna come from Mittens? Oh that's right. EPA, NEA, Planned Parenthood (maybe .5%) leaving 4.5%. Repealing the Medical plan will cost billions. These GOP'ers don't have a clue but the witless sheep will follow them anyway.

    September 6, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  20. A keen observer

    Same old failed republican policy. Nothing new here!

    September 6, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  21. Indy

    "Only the individual initiative of entrepreneurs, workers, investors and inventors enables companies, and our economy as a whole, to flourish," wrote Romney. "The contrast between what the Obama administration has done and what I would do as president could not be starker."

    Nothing like flip flopping and to do it in the same paragraph !! Romney states that it is entrepeneurs,workers,investors,that create jobs and flourish an economy,yet he blames Obama for not hiring and creating jobs. This is a sgn of a desperate person that has run out of ideas after running for President for five straight years.

    September 6, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  22. Woman In California

    I'll go even further. It is a plan given to him by Joseph Smith. It will only work if you wear your magic underwear.

    September 6, 2011 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  23. catalin Siegling

    They're all lying. Here's an idea. DON'T VOTE! Politicians have turned or democracy into a joke. Literally

    September 6, 2011 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  24. Anthony

    Cutting taxes and rolling back regulations. These are the same ideas that Republicans have been peddling for years. These are the same policies under the Bush Administration that almost got us into a second Great Depression. You don't want to go back to the telegraph in a smartphone world, Mitt.

    September 6, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  25. Republican Robber Baron

    For a man that built his fortune by helping businesses eliminate jobs as method to increase profits for himself...zero credibility

    September 6, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
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