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. Debra From Georgia

    more tax cuts, that is there job plan . Corporate America has made enough money from those tax cuts and they are not hiring. We don't need tax cuts, get your Corporate buddies to hirie with those record profits they have made under the present administration.

    September 7, 2011 04:23 am at 4:23 am |
  2. J Bolton

    Jobs plan? What plan? Give more to the corporations and the rich is all I heard. Look at his record; he will do what he did in the recent past – close companies and send jobs over seas. Actions speak louder than words and we have seen his actions.

    September 7, 2011 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  3. Marie MD

    If he has anything that is even close to anything reagan did then it will fail!

    September 7, 2011 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  4. blaggjesus

    the private sector hasn't created jobs. They have gotten stimulus money and tax breaks, and still no jobs. Some of the largest corporate industries have seen record profits while continuing to freeze hiring, and reducing their workforce. Many are forcing loyal employees to work longer hours for less pay. so tell me how the private sector cares about jobs creation. all they are concerned about is the bottom line: profit. only now at the expense of people.

    September 7, 2011 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  5. EddyL

    Oh what a pretty little red, white & blue book! And not a new idea in it!! SAME OLD GOP CRAP.

    September 7, 2011 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
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