Fort Worth, Texas (CNN) – In Texas one week after the state helped him unofficially clinch the GOP nomination, Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama of putting politics before a plan to create more jobs.
"[W]ith America in crisis, with 23 million people out of work or stopped looking for work, he hasn't put forth a plan to get us working again," Romney said Tuesday. "Now I know we're getting close to an election so he'll come out with one soon, but three and a half years later, we're waiting."
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Speaking at his first campaign event since the latest jobs report was released that revealed unemployment in May ticked up to 8.2%, Romney spoke optimistically about the state of the economy while taking a swipe at Obama's re-election campaign slogan and his accomplishments in office.
"I really hope that things are getting better. And there's some signs things are getting better, albeit at a very slow rate. The president wants to hang onto that twig, that maybe he made things a little better, but the truth is, he did not make things better. If they get better it's in spite of him, not because of him," he said.
"A lot of people in this country are having hard times and in the light of that, it's kind of surprising to me that the president has chosen as his campaign slogan, 'Forward.'" Romney asked rhetorically, "Forward over a cliff?"
Romney echoed recent statements that the Democratic president was blaming the economic downturn on former President George H.W. Bush and Congress.
"After three and half years people have figured out this is Obama's economy, not George Bush's economy," Romney said. "And, he blames Congress, he goes after Congress, but we remember the president's own party had a super majority in both houses for his first two years, so you can hardly blame Congress for the faults that he's put in place himself, and so he's casting about looking for someone to blame and just hasn't been able to find anybody - whether it's the ATM machines or the tsunami or Europe."
Obama's re-election team rejected Romney's "putting jobs first" banner displayed at his rally, adding in an email statement the former businessman's "only goal was creating wealth for himself and his investors."
"Now he wants to bring back the same policies that crashed the economy and devastated the middle class in the first place: budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthiest on the middle class' dime and letting Wall Street write its own rules. Romney Economics didn't work then and it won't work now," Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said.
Romney, who served one-term as Massachusetts governor, is on a two-day fund-raising blitz through the Lone Star state. Romney used the rally in Fort Worth, which was held at a Hispanic family-owned Southwest Office Systems, to warn against the United States facing a deeper economic crisis like Greece.
"I happen to believe, by the way, that despite all of the angst and the fear and the uncertainty that is felt around this country today – even right here, the Puente family saying 'look, we don't want to hire extra people right now, cause we don't know what the future looks like. We're concerned,'" Romney said, speaking to hundreds in the warehouse of the office equipment dealer.
"I'm absolutely convinced if we stay on the road we're on with this president that our future will continue to dramatically under-perform America's historic growth and prosperity and perhaps at some point hit a Greece-like wall."
Romney's visit comes days before the Texas Republican Party convention in Fort Worth and according to one official, the party extended several invitations to the Romney campaign before it was declined.
"We would love to have Gov. Romney attend our convention and address our delegates," said Texas GOP Communications Director Chris Elam. "We're disappointed he won't be able to make time in his schedule."
The other Republican presidential candidate still in the race, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, will speak at the Fort Worth gathering, as well as one-time White House hopefuls Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
During his two-day visit Romney will not meet with former presidents and Texas residents George H.W. Bush, who endorsed Romney in March, and George W. Bush, who offered an off-the-cuff endorsement last month. Officials with Bush 41 and 43 tell CNN the former presidents are traveling and not in the state.
Romney referred to the crowded presidential field and thanked Texas for receiving their more than 100 delegates to lock in the Republican nomination.
"Thank you Texas for taking me over the line and helping me get the nomination. Thank you! That was, that was good news and you guys worked hard to get me over that line. I appreciate it very much. Your governor has been a great friend. We had a lot of people in the contest. We all came together because we recognize there's something we've got to do as Republicans - come together to defeat Barack Obama and take back America."
Hasn't Obama been trying to pass a jobs bill for the last 6 months?
I believe Obama did put out a jobs plan........shot down by the repubs in congress.........what a shocker.
wow there mittens goes again lying again while pandering to the mexican vote whom he plans on betraying as soon as he gets into office.. miracles dont happen over night pal and he cant create jobs with our current do nothing congress. this guy has some sort of memory problem blaming obama for our current fiscal mess
Romney makes Herbert Hoover and Warren Harding look good !
If Mitt Romney's so smart , why didn't he see the 2008 recession coming , why didn't he say something when he was running for President back in 2007 ?
For a wizard of Oz CEO businessmen Romney sure has limited vision.
Dose anybody else on this blog remember Romney foreseeing or stating the dire impending economic circumstances that a-cured in the last days of the Buch administration ?
I can't find anything anywhere with Romney and his economy forecast back in 2007 .
Romney won't visit GW Bush ? Why not , all of Romney's economic advisers used to work for Bush !
WAIT A MINUTE... Congress republicans are the ones that ran on jobs, jobs, jobs two years ago and so far have presented nothing but a stupid pipeline. If Romney is so "jobs" oriented himself, why doesn't he offer a solution? Because he doesn't have one! Where's the beef Romney? You are offering us nothing.
i like firing people =Romney job plan
Romney: "We* all came together because we recognize there's something we've got to do as Republicans – come together to defeat Barack Obama and take back America."
* – the 1% who continue to reward each other with obscene bonuses, hoard the wealth and ship those tax savings overseas into offshore accounts, then blame the President for not creating job when we claim to be the "job creators".
what kind of a nut is he? Every bill sent to congress has been to help create jobs lower debt and help small business. Ask your handelers what your plan is milktoast and get back to us. Obama 2012
Romney has a plan? I didn't know. That's all he can do is Slam Obama but he doesn't have anything to show for himself. Just "no comment" this and "no comment" that.
It is frustrating listening to Romney say that Obama deserves 100% of the blame if the economy is bad, but if and when the economy improves, it isn't because of Obama. Romney said "...he did not make things better. If they get better it's in spite of him, not because of him," When is Romney going to take one side? You cannot blame the president for hurting the economy, and then say that if the economy gets better it isn't because of the president. Only uneducated blind Republican supporters will force themselves to believe that his statement makes logical sense.
Obama has had plenty of plans to put people back to work and the rethugs shot them all down. why? so they could make him look like a failure. no matter they threw the country under a bus doing it. no matter they ruined people's lives. they don't care about anything except money and power, theirs! they should all be tried as traitors!
Romney's demand for Obama to come up with a jobs plan is laughable. Republicans campaigned on "jobs, jobs, jobs" in 2010. Where is their jobs plan? Where is Romney's jobs plan?
Where's your job plan? The Pres. has put forward numerous proposals all shopt down by the Repubs; so, hot shot, what is the Repub pland and if the Pres. adopts it will the Repub renig on it?
Does he mean the American Jobs Act the president wanted passed? Willard is clueless!
I hope this bipartisanship ends.
Romney and the GOP are a pathetic bunch. How soon they forget that Jr Bush started 2 wars without paying for them along with tax cuts. All white party all wrong.
Apparently, Mr. Romney has no capacity for long-term memory. The Obama Administration presented the American Jobs Act to Congress, and House repugnants voted overwhelmingly against it, and Senate repugnants pulled another one of their filibusters on a procedural vote, and would not even let it come up for a majority up or down vote. The act was paid for and created jobs. The repugs couldn't let the Democratic president have any kind of victory. This was all less than a year ago. If Romney can't keep up with current events, no way in Hades should he be allowed any kind of governmental power. American Jobs Act
I really hope that Mitt Romney speaks the truth rather than repeating lies, especially lies that are so obviously illogical. It's quite vexing hearing illogical statements repeatedly.
Hey Mittens, It's called the American Jobs Act and the President has been pushing it for the past 18 months. It's your GOP - the Party of No - that refuses to pass the bill.
But I guess you already knew that. You're just playing imbecile so the Tea Partiers may eventually like you.
You've got to be kidding me. The President's plan is literally called the JOBS Act, and the article doesn't mention it once...
Maybe thousands of teachers, fire fighters and first responders can be hired – Or, maybe the rebuilding of our infrastructure is right about now DUE – Maybe if Republican governors STOP firing public workers we'll have more jobs!!! R-Money does not make sense anymore!!!
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"And by a 48-35 percent margin, voters said Obama would do a better job helping the middle class."
That little MSNBC factoid taken from a WI exit poll, spells very big problems for Count Kolob.
Not sure I would be banging that drum Mittens, with MA ranking 47th in creating jobs in "Amercia" under your "leadership".
Now, about that charter and home schooling all you GOP baggers believe in, is that the way home schoolers spell America?
No wonder you want to "take back your country" and want "Obama to fail" otw, AMERICA would have an educated electorate and you would never be in power again.
What a load of horse hockey! Romney knows that there was no Super Majority in both houses. Ted Kennedy's death and the GOP ability to filibuster left the Democrats about 2 weeks of opportunity. He also knows that his own party has been the obstruction causing the slow job recovery! This just makes me furious. Romney doesn't care what kind of tripe he spouts as long as he gets a sound bite. Debunk these comments ASAP and call Romney on his blatant trash!