Romney hits Obama's economic record despite improving jobs numbers
January 6th, 2012
09:33 AM ET
6 years ago

Romney hits Obama's economic record despite improving jobs numbers

Conway, South Carolina (CNN) - Friday's announcement that the unemployment rate had dropped to 8.5% did little to deter Mitt Romney from savaging President Barack Obama's handling of the economy.

"This president doesn't understand how the economy works," Romney announced at a campaign rally in South Carolina, just after the new numbers were released. "It's time to get a president who does."

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The economy added 200,000 jobs in the month, the Labor Department reported Friday, doubling the number of jobs added in November.

The 8.5% unemployment rate is now the lowest it's been since February 2009.

Romney made no mention of the new jobs numbers, but said Obama has failed to live up to the promises he made during the early days of his administration.

"He has failed to put American back to work," Romney said. "Remember it was early in his administration, he said, 'Look if you let me borrow $787 billion, why I will be able to keep unemployment from going above 8%. Well, it went past 8%, and it hasn't been back since, three years later."

Romney, taking a break from the New Hampshire primary race, was appearing at the second of two rallies in South Carolina with Gov. Nikki Haley and Sen. John McCain, both of whom endorsed Romney.

The trio also campaigned in Charleston on Thursday.

As he eyes a win in the Jan. 21 primary, Romney is focusing much of his efforts on the South Carolina coast, where social issues like abortion and same-sex marriage are less important to Republicans than fiscal and military ones.

McCain, who won the South Carolina primary in 2008 on his way to the GOP nomination, predicted that Romney will win New Hampshire and then lock up the nomination here.

"He's going to win in New Hampshire and it's going to come down, my friends, as it always does, to South Carolina," McCain said. "If Mitt Romney wins here, he will be the next President of the United States."

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soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. Mitt Flippy= GOP

    Romney better pray really hard to what ever God you worship that the empolyment rate dont fall much any longer. Because its really going to look bad, out of touch and plain silly for you to keep ignoring reality. So Pray that Small Bussiness stop hiring.

    January 6, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. rs

    You know, candidates from the GOP/TP had better tread carefully here. They have done absolutely nothing to help bring America out of the Bush crash of 2008, and seemingly offer nothing more than more extreme versions of Bush-o-nomics (more tax cuts for the rich, corporations as people, budget cuts and federal worker lat-offs) as a cure.
    Americans see through their governing for the 1%.

    January 6, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    ...and as the number will continue to move down, it will be just in time for the election and the GOP will have NOTHING to run on in their quest to bring the country back to the social norms of the 1800's and the robber-baron economics of the early 20th century. Mittens has no credibility whatsoever in creating jobs, at least in the US but he has a great record of sending jobs overseas.

    January 6, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. SiriusVH

    From October 2008 through March 2009, the economy lost 712,000 jobs each month, on average.
    should be
    From October 2008 through March 2009, the economy lost 712,000 jobs.

    January 6, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  5. Ed DFWTX

    I don't think Mitt Romney could have done a better job than President Obama. Obama has done everything possible to improve what he was given by another Republican, George W Bush. Bush's misguided policies almost put this country in a depression! Republicans have a clear record of destroying the economy. Romney has a clear record of sending American jobs overseas while making millons off American worker's misery. Obama has a record of improving what he inherated in 2008.

    January 6, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. Steve/Oklahoma

    Mitt has a great record for job creation when he was Govenor of Mass? I don't think so. Every Economist said we need the stimulus to keep from sinking into a depression. Boehner couldn't find a reputable economist to go against the stimulus. Mitt is the worst panderer I've ever seen and he's pandering to a group that doesn't know squat.

    January 6, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. evelyn

    Little Mitt's in favor of public prayer. He prays the Republicans can somehow stop the economy from recovering before the election. In other words, his only prayer of being elected...

    January 6, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. CorporationsRPeople2

    Romney will continue with his line of attack because facts don't matter to him or his supporters.

    January 6, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  9. Mario

    Romney say what you want to but you will never be elected president. You hate mexicans-americans and blacks. You will never get our votes. OBAMA 2012

    January 6, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I think Romney is following the ideology of many other Republicans - ignore the facts until they fit what you need. I think Stephen Colbert called this "truthiness'" on his show; believing the fact are what you want them to be.

    January 6, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. d

    Romney and all are going to bash the president no matter what happens...just once i would love to hear some honesty from these guys as well as something positive...fear is their game...are we going to buy into it again? i am not! i hope others wont this time around either

    January 6, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    "He has failed to put American back to work," Romney said. "Remember it was early in his administration, he said, 'Look if you let me borrow $787 billion, why I will be able to keep unemployment from going above 8%. Well, it went past 8%, and it hasn't been back since, three years later."
    Once again Romney is playing fast and loose with the facts. That prediction was made a staffer in December 2008 before the full extent of the recession was realized. The US economy lost 3 million jobs in the first 4 months of 2009. The hemorrhaging stopped around the time that the Congress passed the Stimulus

    January 6, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. Marry

    Don’t you love these GOP/TP barkers? First they create the mess and then they criticize the President for not cleaning it up quickly enough while they create one obstruction after the other. After that they think they deserve (or are capable) to be the next president of the US? Listen closely to their “plans” for the country! See if it will be in your interest or only designed for their rich friends (1%)!

    January 6, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. Stephen in VA

    When are the (R)s gonna realize that though their petty garbage works with their supporters, they need us (I)s to win the White House? I neither respect nor appreciate the continued lies, telling me that the sky is still dark when it's not. "Hey, the economy actually is improving, and here's what I plan to do to continue the upward momentum" – would THAT be so hard? Do Mormons not believe in honesty?

    January 6, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  15. Kashbmaryd

    Mitt Romney is going through a period of "how do we convince people Obama doesn't know what he's doing?" politics. This is going to get more hilarious as the year goes on. And he actually thinks he can attack Obama on national security. Let's see him pull that one in a debate.

    January 6, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  16. Four and The Door

    Rudy NYC
    Once again Romney is playing fast and loose with the facts. That prediction was made a staffer in December 2008 before the full extent of the recession was realized.
    Regardless who in the Obama Administration said it, throwing $800 billion at " jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs..." ( Obama signed it into law on 2/17/2009 ) only to see unemployment increase to over 10% before the end of the year was in every way ineffective. As well, Americans gasped at the $800 billion in new debt but little did they know that was to be followed by $5 trillion more in the next 3 years. Obama's economic programs so far have had awful results, even based on his own promises.

    January 6, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. Indy

    Romney did not create jobs he merely financed companies that had the innovation,services and products to create jobs.

    Romney left side of mouth ,when President I will create more jobs then Obama
    Romney right side of mouth,Presidents and Government dont create jobs
    Romney butthole speaking to middle class, Corporations are people too

    January 6, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, Mitt! What utter nonsense you once again spew!

    What can I say about this man that hasn't been said a hundred times, a hundred different ways in the past ten years or so?

    The condensed version: This man will never be President of the United States.

    January 6, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  19. Gurgi

    Fortunately all these liberal opinions can be ignored as they are irrelevant. They would not vote republican anyway.

    January 6, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. FactCheck

    Of course, because the "improving jobs numbers" in december is because of temporary holiday hiring.

    I suggest you open up a dictionary and look at the term "seasonally adjusted employment numbers". Of course that would require using a brain and not spouting off junk from your Fox News masters.

    January 6, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    cnn needs new pundits.Those that report the news, not what some political party pays them to report. rep.s candidates better get their heads out of the sand and look at the NEW reports on JOB creation and HOUSUNG good news. Tea party big shots wil have to pay karl and sarah more money to rewrite their scripts for the campaigner`s.Obama`s plan for my country is working exactly like he said it would. I haven`t heard one word of congratualtions from any rep.POOR LOSERS

    January 6, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  22. Gurgi

    And liberal posters continue to play fast and loose with the facts. One example, touting the job growth in december, knowing full well it was a result of temporary hiring for the holidays. So, how will you explain the job losses for January/February??? I'll be interested in seeing how you spin that, if you even acknowledge it.

    January 6, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  23. michael

    calm down libs. the jobs number will be revised down in a few weeks. they almost always are. also, the unemployment rate will rise again very shortly, now that all the seasonal jobs are ending. probably wont here a peep when that happens.

    January 6, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  24. Scott S.

    To be fair, of course the Republican candidates would write this off and completely ignore the numbers. It's bad for their outlook. Hopefully everybody knows better.

    January 6, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. Gurgi

    Santorum/Rice or Huntsman/Rice, either one would drive liberals bat-crap crazy!!! It would be fun to watch their heads explode!!!

    January 6, 2012 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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