July 6th, 2012
10:36 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney reacts to 'kick in the gut' jobs report

Wolfeboro, New Hampshire (CNN) - A jobs report showing lukewarm hiring in June is a "kick in the gut" to American workers, presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney said in New Hampshire Friday.

"It's consistent with what I've heard as I've gone across the country and met with families in their homes, in cafes and restaurants and in break rooms," Romney said. "American families are struggling. There's a lot of misery in America today, and these numbers understate what people are feeling and the amount of pain which is occurring in middle class America."

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Romney made remarks and took some reporter questions at Bradley's Hardware in downtown Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, about a mile and a half from the Romney family's lakefront home. The candidate, along with his large extended family, has spent the last week there on vacation.

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In his comments, Romney slammed President Barack Obama, his opponent for the White House, as not doing enough to foster growth and encourage employers to hire workers.

"The highest corporate tax rates in the world do not create jobs," Romney said. "Highest regulatory burdens in our nation's history - those do not create jobs. Trade policies that have not opened up new markets for American goods, particularly in Latin America, those don't create new jobs. Failing to effectively crack down on China for cheating and stealing American jobs, that has not helped."

"The president's policies have not gotten America working again, and the president's going to have to stand up and take responsibility for it," Romney continued.

Obama, who is traveling on a bus tour through the Rust Belt, was expected to react to Friday's jobs numbers at his first stop in Ohio. Romney mentioned the tour, asking, "How do you go across Pennsylvania and Ohio and not talk about being serious about creating jobs through manufacturing policies that make America more attractive for investment and growth?"

Romney said as president, he would use different strategies to help remedy the dire economic straits many Americans face.

"It doesn't have to be this way," Romney said. "The president doesn't have a plan. He hasn't proposed any new ideas to get the economy going. Just the same old ideas of the past that have failed. I have a plan. My plan calls for action that will get America working again and create good jobs, both near term and long term."

Romney emerged from his campaign break on July 4th to march in an Independence Day parade, but has otherwise held no public events. Romney's son Tagg accompanied his father to the hardware store for his statement.

Bradley's Hardware, which has stood on Railroad Avenue in Wolfeboro since 1950, is a family owned business that employs twelve people.

Answering a question from a reporter about taking a vacation during the heat of the campaign, Romney responded that he wanted more Americans to be able to take breaks.

"I'm delighted to be able to take a vacation with my family," Romney said. "I think all Americans appreciate the memories that they have with their children and their grandchildren. I hope that more Americans are able to take vacations, and if I'm president of the United States, I'm going to work very hard to make sure we have good jobs for all Americans who want good jobs, and as part of a good job the capacity to take a vacation now and then with their loved ones."

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Filed under: 2012 • Jobs • Mitt Romney
soundoff (275 Responses)
  1. independent

    The President isn't out of ideas, he is out of votes. He should tell the American people. "To send more people to Congress to support some of these ideas." Support the Democratic Party, the Party that wants to grow the middle class.

    July 6, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Jonathan Jamison

    if you vote for romney dont cry where healthcare skyrockets and insurance companies start getting richer by raising premiums then drop those same people once they need the help Basically repel Obamacare and hope you dont get sick

    July 6, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. skytag

    Yes, we have a problem, and it's easy to say "I'll fix it," but I think the problem is not as simple to fix as Romney wants people to believe and it most certainly won't be fixed by Romney's plan to cut taxes for the richest Americans.

    July 6, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. Indie in VA

    Oh, BS, Mitt. Corporate taxes have no effect on jobs, as the historical data proves. What drives job creation is middle-class demand, and that's where those government jobs the Republicans so despise come in.

    July 6, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  5. Tee Darling

    Mitt Romney the outsource r-in-chief is surprised about the job numbers? This guy is a joke!!!! I think he needs to take another vacation with his family and come back when the election is over. Obama 2012!!!

    July 6, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. Mr. B

    This clown is the best the GOP could come up with? Dems are high-fiving strangers in the streets…this is gonna be a slaughter. Bottom line is 8 years of Bush policies are what got us here in the first place, and the Republicans in Congress are fighting the President every step of the way as he tries to dig us out of this mess. They are just stalling for time, hoping they can pull off a Hail Mary come November. Can’t wait to cast my vote, go home, grill a steak & watch Obama’s landslide victory unfold. I might take the next day off just to listen to Limbaugh have a stroke on-air

    July 6, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    The Outsourcer In Chief is trash talking again! A man who keeps close to a billion dollars in offshore accounts, and foreign lands just so he doesn't have to pay his taxes on that money! TAX EVADER..and he should be dealt with accordingly! A Gov. of Mass. who took his state from 37th to 47th in America in new jobs creation. And now he trash talks The President! What's the world coming to!

    July 6, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. db

    Neither Democrats or Republicans are free of guilt for the state of employment and the economy today. I would say they share the responsibility about equally. Remember the President is only 1/3 of our Government. Congress, both House and Senate, today are a mob of self centered individuals who lust power and greed. It is our Congress that makes the laws, sets taxes, goes to bed with lobbiests, makes sweetheart deals with corporations, and gives our money to every country in the world except for two. Think about this one for a second. What does a Congressman or Senator make in salary each year? Now ask yourself how do they become Millionare's in less than a year after election? Do you really think that any Elected Official cares about you or your cause unless it has a payment to him/her tied to it? If you think we have a just and fair set of leaders in the USA then you are wearing blinders and live in a Utopian world by yourself. Remember that almost all world powers fail due to internal corruption between 200 and 225 years from when it was created, I think we just had our 234 national birthday and look at the State of the Union.

    July 6, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. etr

    As reported by the Wall Street Journal, American corporations " have a higher share of cash on their balance sheets than at any time in nearly half a century". They are sitting on $2 TRILLION in cash and other liquid assets. They have even more cash held by foreign subsidiaries. Romney and his CEO friends from the country club are holding this money back to sabotage the US economy and blackmail the voters and government for even more concessions so they can freely continue looting the middle class. Vote for Romney, and you will be down the cliff into banana republic land.

    July 6, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. jon

    Some say that it is not "anti-American" to ship our jobs overseas. I guess if ALL companies are interested in is their bottom line (and this is most certainly the case), then I suppose it is not Anti-American – even though it actually is.

    July 6, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  11. rob

    Hey EBW,

    He has outlined many ideas like cutting the corp rates which are the highest in the world. He supports tax reform like the ons proposed in the Simpson Bowles report. He supports reforming our broken SS, Medicare and Medicade programs so they can continue to function into the future. These are just a few ideas I have heard and read at other news outlets where there ismore fair and ballanced reporting.

    CNN will not give you the whole story, you need to look elsewhere like hundreds of thousands of others have already.

    July 6, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. Mor Man NO!

    Yes, its nice to take a vacation, speed around in one of four boats you have and over 20 jet skis. Let me see, vacation home in New Hampshire, California, Hawaii and Utah. Yes, yes, yes, we have fond memories of going to the store, buying hot dogs and hamburgers, potato chips having a backyard bbq, spraying the water hose on the kids, very fond memories! Love the water, mittens.

    Remember, Christ is our Lord and Saviour, NOT A MORMAN GOD!

    July 6, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. jon

    If you want to be ripped a new one again, vote Republican.

    July 6, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Is that all it takes to shake Mitt Romney up? As if I really care about his false indignation, anyway. Did he have any original ideas of his own to express? Nope.

    July 6, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  15. David in FL

    CNN should be monitoring posts like this, or at least put a BS meter that the average reasonable person could click on when they see it. Democrat hate, envy, jealousy, denial and fanaticism on display in spades. The get something for nothing handout crowd that has taken over.. .

    July 6, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  16. hammer

    The President,Congress and Senate should not have a day off until the unemployment rate is under 7%.Maybe they would work together then.It is both parties fault and anyone who thinks it the other party is stupid.Look at who got the VIP loans they were from both parties.And no one will go to jail.

    July 6, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. sayer

    "I got nuthin" –Mitt Romney

    July 6, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  18. Scott in Michigan

    ...and here come the Democrats trying to sugar coat and distort another terrible dose of reality...

    July 6, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  19. rs

    Mr. Romney "I like to fire people".

    July 6, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. Mark

    Businesses are offshoring American jobs and these are the people supporting Romney. Off shored jobs produce high unemployment here. People without jobs don't pay taxes so off-shoring is a root cause of the shortfull in government revenues. American people should not have to compete with the labor rates overseas. If the company is based here, they should manufacture here, or leave the country. The economy will not recover as long as offshoring continues and in fact, the economy probably won't recover until the jobs are brought home. Their aren't any jobs to replace the ones the are offshored. The proof? Where are the jobs? Globalization doesn't work. There are no rules. The rich get richer and everyone else is unemployed.

    July 6, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  21. PresidentMitt2012

    Mr. President and your followers, Mitt Romney didn't send Jobs to Asia, your GOVERNMENT DID. Your Government gave all American companies the GREEN LIGHT. Wake up people, wake up.

    Mitt Romney did not have the power to leap over rules, regulations and laws, the GOVERNMENT ALLOWED ALL AMERICAN COMPANIES TO DO THIS.

    You people act like Bain Capitol was the only company to do this. Hard to find Made in the USA on much of Anything.

    One would think with much of these posts Mitt put in place NAFTA.......

    July 6, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  22. Billy, NYC

    What is your plan to create jobs in America, Romney?
    Please tell us all the specific and less slogans!
    Moreover, could you get those jobs you outsourced to China back?

    July 6, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  23. toyoc

    But, but...I thought the private sector was doing fine?

    July 6, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  24. Rob

    I cant stand Romney with a passion, he is using the same ole tactic "jobs". The hypocrite also came up with Romneycare in his own state but did a 360 asap when he announced his nomination for presidency...makes me laugh really hard. I am leaning toward independent party from now on.

    July 6, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  25. BD

    I'm completely shocked that companies aren't falling over one another trying to hire new employees after the news that there is going to be a major increase in payroll taxes combined with an increase in the cost for employers to provide healthcare to their employees. Shocked I tell you...

    July 6, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
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