Romney credits governors with states' success
June 18th, 2012
07:39 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney credits governors with states' success

Davenport, Iowa (CNN) – In state after battleground state this week, Mitt Romney has made the case that he, not President Barack Obama, is best-equipped to turn around the economy.

But in several of the states that he barnstormed in his "Every Town Counts" bus tour, workers have started seeing positive economic signs, complicating Romney's argument.

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At a picturesque riverside speech in Iowa on Monday, the presumptive GOP nominee said that those states' Republican governors, not the president, were responsible for positive economic indicators.

"As you look across the country, there are states like Iowa, and Tennessee, and Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, where you have some governors making tough choices," he said in Davenport.

Romney said those states' Republican governors were "holding down spending. Doing their best to make the state as attractive as they can for small business, for innovators, for job creators. And those states are seeing real progress."

The states where Romney spoke Monday – Iowa and Wisconsin – both enjoy lower unemployment rates than the national average. Iowa has a 5.1%, and Wisconsin a 6.8% rate of unemployment.

Early in the bus tour, a senior Republican leader in Ohio said that even states with marginally better economies were still feeling the pain of the recession a few years ago.

"People still don't feel like they have confidence in the economy, the direction of the economy," he said. "So 7.5 is better than 9.2, which is what it was even a couple years ago, but it's still not something people are satisfied with."

On Monday, Romney drew a contrast to a familiar punching bag for Republicans: California.

"Not doing so well," Romney said of the state where he owns a second home. He once suggested he might move from California to Florida, joking the Sunshine State had a better tax rate.

He tied Obama to what he suggested were the big-spending, entitlement-heavy governments of California and in Europe.

"Unfortunately, we have a president who has taken us on the course of California and Europe," Romney said.

– CNN Political Producer Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Mitt Romney • Wisconsin
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Donkey Party

    If Romney is elected President, how much of Europe is going to be allied with us after all the slandering against them the GOP and Romney have done? Romney is so not ready for President, and neither are any other GOPers in general.

    June 18, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  2. once upon a horse

    Ok let's see if I got this right..when the states have sucess it's due to the governors that run the state, BUT when they have issues and things are not going right it's Obama's fault! And as far as California goes they were on the sink hole with Arnold was the governor there. Mitt needs a new message because the "Blame it all on Obama" one is getting old especially when things go well he wants to give the president no credit for it. And thus far NO reporter will call him out on this. Notice how he and the Republicans don't talk about gas prices anymore? I wonder why not!

    June 18, 2012 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  3. john

    So Romney, if all it takes is a governor to turn around a state economy (which means the president's policies are not that insidious), then why are u blaming the president? Blame the governors. President obama is not the governor of California, the last time I checked. Confused Romney is already way over his head-headed to landslide loss.

    June 18, 2012 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  4. enuff

    As president, Romney would take credit for the economy improving. As presidential CANDIDATE, it's to everybody's credit EXCEPT the presidents.

    June 18, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  5. cali girl

    I guess Romey side steps the oops, the last 8 years were GOP rule in California. Governator made this mess just like Dubya had controlover the US.

    June 18, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  6. Stu Nahan

    If we dont have a secure border, we have NOTHING

    June 18, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The governors didn't always have something to do with the recovery. This is over simplication just to advance his agenda. Christie wasn't mentioned... I wonder why that was. He can't control unemployment? Or is it that he hasn't a clue since he wants to give a tax cut when property taxes are still out of control and there are plenty of things that need to be paid.

    June 18, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  8. g

    america will be just fine without romney–like he keeps saying -where are all those jobs I sent to china mr.obama

    June 18, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  9. ct

    where's the praise for massachusetts, dats right, you're record there sucks....

    June 19, 2012 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  10. normajean @ verizon ,com

    T've been around for twelve administrations with eyes open and listening and voting carefully...It's been a facinating ride with a plethora of interesting ,, sometimes heart breaking,, activities in Washington.. and the nation.........I will sum it all up by saying simply......"I wouldn't let Romney mow my lawn"....!!!!

    June 19, 2012 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  11. barnyard

    Carlifornia was going down before a dem took over. I believe the Governator (a repub) wasin charge for a while

    June 19, 2012 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  12. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    What a surprise. Mitt McCain will move to Florida to pay little or no taxes. Caymen islands for his money. These GOBP governors sucked up the stimulus money that President Obama fought hard to help them with. Funny that Mitt skipped over that fact(as he always does).

    June 19, 2012 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  13. Chris

    If you listen to the individaul Republican state governors, they all like to crow how wonderful their state is doing. how things have turned around and everything is so much better. But when these same people speak about the country,all the can say is how awful were doing and how bad everything has become under Obama. Typical Republican two-faced response.

    June 19, 2012 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  14. Dave

    "As you look across the country, there are states like Iowa, and Tennessee, and Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, where you have some governors making tough choices," he said in Davenport.
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    I live in Maryland and we are doing better than all of those states. Oh, and our Governor is a democrat. Where does that fit into Mitt's logic? What an idiot.

    June 19, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  15. Wake up people

    So let me get this straight. When the economy is bad, it's President Obama's fault, but as it gets better it's the rethug governors that get the credit. And Mittens wants to replace President Obama because he can do better?? Do I have this illiterate nonsense correct?? Please Mittens, keep talking because everytime you open your mouth, you show how little you really know. Bring on the debates!

    OBAMA 2012!

    June 19, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |