May 2nd, 2012
02:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney links Obama economic policies to Carter

Chantilly, Virginia (CNN) - At a small business in a northern Virginia suburb, Mitt Romney compared President Barack Obama's economic policies Wednesday to one-term Democratic President Jimmy Carter.

"Who would have guessed we would look back at the Carter years as the good old days," Romney said, after calling the Obama administration "the most anti-small business administration I've seen probably since Carter."

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It was the second time this week that Romney has invoked Carter in criticizing Obama. On Monday he was asked whether he would have issued the same order as the president for the mission to kill Osama bin Laden. Romney said "even Jimmy Carter would" have made that decision.

In Wednesday's remarks, Romney, a longtime businessman and former Massachusetts governor, suggested Obama's failed policies were a result of his lack of business experience.

"What the president has done – and I think unknowingly never having spent any time in the private sector himself is – what the president did was – one item after another, make it harder and harder for small business to thrive and to grow and start up."

As Obama returned from a surprise trip to Afghanistan, Romney has used his appearances to focus on the state of the economy.

"Americans are tired of being tired of this economy and of this president and they want real change," said Romney.

Ann Romney introduced her husband at the event, which was held at a woman-owned business and geared toward women and the economy. In the midst of female entrepreneurs and businesswomen she said, "women actually do make the world go round."

Surrounded by materials in a warehouse for the company, Exhibit Edge, Romney told the audience people often ask the two-time presidential candidate what he would do to improve the economy.

"Look at what the president's done and do the opposite," he said.

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Filed under: 2012 • Economy • Mitt Romney • Virginia
soundoff (93 Responses)
  1. Dean

    Another similarity...each one-term presidents.

    May 2, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. Former repub

    Flip Romney = GW Bush = no thanks

    May 2, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. Luke,AZ

    Willard Robbedme is not a leader. He is or was a bishop of the mormon church which treats women as second class citizens. The best the Republicans can do is to select this guy. The Republican party ain't what it use to be. Newt is fuming inside for not being the eventual nominee, Newt ,thank Citizens United.

    May 2, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. Prosperid

    Funny how Romney folks try to put women behind him (mimic Obama, LOL) Anyway, the GOP has BLOCKED TAX BREAKS AND LOAN FUNDING TO SMALL BUSINESSES (Reference GOP BLOCKS SMALL-BUSINESS LEGISLATION: DATED FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 2010)–I know, I know...you say I must be crazy keeping newspaper archives of OBAMA's presidency. But you can't help it when you have the first black president and there are people who wanted this country to fail. I love to debate folks here in SOUTH CAROLINA (my hometown). They start rambling off...Obama destroy this, He ain't done nothing to help...blah blah blah. UNTIL I SHOW THEM WHAT THEIR PRECIOUS REPUBLICANS HAVE TO OFFER---OBSTRUCTION AND FEAR AND LIES AND.........

    May 2, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. PJ/TX

    Romney: "I don't have any answers, but I do know how to tear people down, just to try to look good".
    Sorry, Mitt, it isn't working.

    May 2, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. 1st

    With Ann Romney telling Mitt she listen to women all the time and know their wants and needs, why did'nt she give him advice about the Lilly (Obama already) Led-better bill. Mitt is only following B.O footprints, even on the campaign trail. Deep down Mitt look up to Obama like a little brother does a big brother or son looks up to his father.

    May 2, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  7. Thomas

    TRUE !, if we had listened to Carter the US would have a long-term energy policy , and we would't be depending on oil from the Mid East !

    Who dose Mitt Romney compare himself too , Harding or Bush ?

    May 2, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. Bill

    Whining and finger pointing will never win an election for Mittens. What a clown.

    May 2, 2012 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. vote_them_out

    you keep bringing up bain capital, Jimmy Carter didn't have a list of failures like this:

    List Of Failed Green Energy Jobs – By Obama
    Solar Trust of America: FAIL
    Bright Source: FAIL
    Solyndra: FAIL
    LSP Energy: FAIL
    Energy Conversion Devices: FAIL
    Abound Solar: FAIL
    SunPower: FAIL
    Beacon Power: FAIL
    Ecotality: FAIL
    A123 Solar: FAIL
    UniSolar: FAIL
    Azure Dynamics: FAIL
    Evergreen Solar: FAIL
    Ener1: FAIL

    May 2, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    Is there something about the new crop of GOP leaders that makes them incapable of finishing the jobs they start? Palin quit, Romney might as well have quit after 2 years, Haley, Walker, Christie, Rubio: none of them want to finish their obligations they have to the people that elect them. Walker won't complete his term, and Kasich may as well quit. Over-arching ambition outweighs service, I guess.

    May 2, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. John Regan

    Obama cut taxes, so Mittens would raise them.
    Obama saved the US auto industry and 1 million jobs, so Mittens would let them die.
    Obama proposed cost savings in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security and $4 billion in deficit reduction – all of which Mittens opposes.

    Gosh, I could just go on an on.

    Sounds to me like Mitt just teed up another Democratic attack ad!

    May 2, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. Darlene

    Well looking at the picture, these womn don't seem too impressed...they looked bored.

    May 2, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. cali girl

    Really Robmey? "My big plan to help the economy is do the opposite of Obama"
    Wow, now that is a plan, and I have some swamp land to sell you.
    Talk all you want about what the ecomoy is not doing. But still, YOU HAVE NO PLAN WHAT SO EVER TO FIX IT!

    May 2, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. Namryan

    So do the opposite: Mr Obama ordered OBL killing... and the opposite is? Oh but Mr. Romney was talking about economics... rescue the auto industry (now completely recovered and profitable)... the opposite was? Where would all those middle class worker be now? But clearly they have the safety net.... right?

    May 2, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. Susan in Arkansas

    You have got to be kidding!!! Mitt is just a character in his own drama in theater of the absurd.

    May 2, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. vic , nashville ,tn

    Obama economy looks like Jimmy Carter

    Romney economy looks like Bush I and Bush II

    May 2, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. Patricksday

    Poor Romney, if you have a clear Vision and Plan you dont need to stoop to silly games. Nobody wants to buy what the Robot Romney is selling, unless your very wealthy, and he will make you richer.

    May 2, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. carrotroot

    How about we compare Romney's economic policies to that of George W. Bush? Not only does that seem fair, but it would actually be much more relevant since it was just a short time ago when the economy collapsed under W's watch.

    May 2, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  19. carlos

    reject the bishop as the french did..........most of the women behind him: LDS members.

    Then the mittsy says: i will.....i will.....i will......and never says what he will......con artist this cultist

    May 2, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. Woman In California

    My prediction: Obama will win his reelection because of "the group" who will simply stay home. Although they don't like Obama – this freak Willard is just not likeable enough or trustworthy enough for "the group" to run out and cast a vote for – and I don't care how many lies he tells or how many pair of jeans he wears HE WON'T WIN without this group.

    May 2, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  21. Larry L

    @Democrat Class Warfare – Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    "Obama = Carter
    Carter = Failure

    Therefore Obama = Failure
    It's all very mathematically logical"

    ------------------------------------------------------------
    Using your "math"...

    Bush=Total destruction of our economy and 4.500 dead Servicemembers for "Daddy"s War".
    Romney=Obama/G.W. Bush/Clinton/G. H.W. Bush/Regan/Carter/Ford/Nixon/LBJ/and anybody else on any given day
    Right-wingers=Delusional morons fueled by Fox News sound bites

    There... unbalanced and illogical like your foolish argument.

    May 2, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  22. Common Cents

    First of all, if Ann Romeny wants to keep inserting herself into the fight, then conservatives shouldn't whine when someone calls her out. She's fair game now.

    Second, Romney has no original ideas. Obama attacks him on his war against women, and Romney tries to comeback with the same statement. Obama compares his policy to Bush, and Romney comes back with comparing him to Carter. How can Romney come up with ideas to fix the economy if he can't even come up with a good comeback?

    And I guess he doesn't care about the youth vote. Who's going to remember Carter's policies?

    May 2, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. carlos

    what a bunch of BORED women, they know he is the biggest PREVARICATOR

    May 2, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  24. Howard

    Instead of governing and leading ... once again, Obama is exploiting the Presidency, our tax dollars, and even America's Foreign Policy, in a desperate attempt to get himself reelected.

    May 2, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  25. Mikey

    Romney won't get specific because there is no real argument here. Romney has endorsed the Ryan plan that would balloon the national debt with massive tax breaks people like Romney. Mitt makes over $20 million a year and pays an effective tax rate under 14%, while people making $80,000 are paying about 25% when you count SS tax. Yet, Romney wants even lower taxes, even at the expense of our future. We've seen this movie before, it is how Reagan tripled the national debt and Bush doubled it.

    Romney has promised to cut taxes 20% accross the board, increase military spending, protect social security and medicare, AND balance the budget. It's a lie because it is simply not possible and Romney and his advisors know it. He is lying to get votes. Don't buy the bill of goods he is selling. We the People will get left holding the bag, and Romney and his friends will be laughing all the way to the Cayman Islands.

    May 2, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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