May 25th, 2012
06:57 PM ET
2 years ago

Fehrnstrom: Romney was elected governor in a similar economy

(CNN) – When Mitt Romney was elected governor of Massachusetts in 2002, the state was in an economic situation similar to where the country is now, Romney senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom said in a Friday interview on CNN's "The Situation Room."

"The state was in recession, in many ways the circumstances of the economy were similar to what the nation is facing now. We were losing thousands of jobs every month, the budget was completely unbalanced," he said. The Obama campaign points to 26 consecutive months of job creation, which began shortly after President Barack Obama took office.

"After four years, Mitt Romney had turned that situation completely around. The budget had been balanced four years in a row without raising taxes," Fehrnstrom said.


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  1. RNC is out of touch with Latinos, Women and Middle Class Americans

    CNN will you ask Romney's campaign manager if Romney so proud to be 'Severe Conservative" what's he got to hide? Tax records, Bain Tax records, Bain Jobs creation numbers under his tenure and detail about RomneyCare as Gov. of Massachusetts. CNN so what if Romney's campaign manager never comes back. If we would of ask tougher question about Pres.G Bush 43 we never would of been in Iraq and thousand of Americans would be alive. CNN would you hire Romney to run your company without a detail background check? Well that's what the American people want to know. No more "Mission Accomplished" Bush 43 mistakes.

    May 26, 2012 04:16 am at 4:16 am |
  2. Gail

    REALLY? How then is it that MA was 47th last in job creation under alexithymic Mitt? Try for the facts and not the lies, Fehnrstrom. Mitt didn't re-run in MA because he had only a 30% chance of winning.

    May 26, 2012 05:25 am at 5:25 am |
  3. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Mitt McCain failed as a governor so he is not qualified to be President. That's why he runs from reporters and any mention of being governor of Mass.

    May 26, 2012 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  4. Chris

    Republicans like to crow about how Romney balanced the budget while cutting taxes – but they never bother to explain exactly how he did it. For one thing, he made severe cuts to programs that helped the poor and the middle class. But the biggest step he took was that he dramatically increased the fees being charged and starting charging fees for government services that before were free. And again, fees were raised the most on services largely used by middle class and the poor, while leaving those that would effect the rich largely untouched.

    So, while it is true from a strictly technical standpoint that Romney cut taxes – in the end the vast majority of people were paying far more to the government than before. And the burden was placed firmly on the back of the middle class and poor while at the same time the rich were given every privilege.

    MA was ranked 47th in job creation. Romney's approval ratings as governor was only around 30%. His reputation is so bad in his own state, that his campaign has already written off MA as a loss.

    May 26, 2012 06:31 am at 6:31 am |
  5. Ideas, Ideals, not ideologies

    It's 1984 every day for these guys. Rewriting history doesn't necessarily change it.

    May 26, 2012 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  6. Stopthemadness

    The State was in a recession. After Romney the economy was torn to pieces and a lot of people didn't have jobs anymore. Ask the people of Mass. What they think of Romney.

    May 26, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  7. Marie MD

    In other words President Obama is doing for the WHOLE country what this Kola planet god bishop claims he can do. Why do we need to switch horses in midstream?
    Unfortunately, because it IS the whole country the rich should carry more of the burden because the middle class can't be squeezed anymore!!!

    May 26, 2012 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
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