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. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    Putting Jobs First In China. Or hide your money offshore. Those are the slogans Willard should be showing.
    The sane voters know why congress won't pass the jobs bill (that happens to include some GOP endorsed ideas from pre-Obama)

    July 6, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. Canuck

    ""It doesn't have to be this way," Romney said. "The president doesn't have a plan.""

    Wow... just wow....

    July 6, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. J

    Man, what a kick in the gut. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to get back to installing my car elevator in my San Diego mansion.

    July 6, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Cindy

    Moments ago Romney said he is going to close tax loopholes and have an across the board tax rate of 20%. This amounts to a whopping tax increase for middle and lower class tax payers. This will take so much money out of the pockets of the consumers a lot of small business people will go out of business. This man does not know how the economy works.

    July 6, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    It may be a kick in the gut Willard, but if you're elected, it'll be more like being in the camel clutch. You are not the fighter for the middle class. You can't even stand up to people in your party, so the hell are you gonna stand up for us? You keep saying you have a plan but never provide details. You expect us to elect you when you can't even be honest with us and tell us the intricate details of your so called "plan." For starters, if you're adopting Paul Ryan's budget, then you're not fighting for the middle class. That alone should disqualify for the office that you seek.

    July 6, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. SafeJourney

    Just watch the repubs jump for joy at this news. It is exactly what they want ,Americans to suffer as the repubs obstruct. The repubs and Romney dont care about Americans, they just care about their wealthy buddies as they try to "buy" their way to POTUS.

    July 6, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. Fair is Fair

    Kick in the gut? It's a kick somewhere, alright... an it's a little south of the gut.

    July 6, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. Meow

    Jan 2009 = LOSING over 700,000 jobs
    Jun 2012 = GAINING 80,000 jobs

    July 6, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. AL In Palm Beach County, FL

    How does Off-shoring, exporting, deporting AMERICAN JOBS to countries like China, Mexico, Philippines create that environment?

    NEXT...

    July 6, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. Ryan in Miami

    Pretty ignorant and hypocritical on the part of the Republicans. Economists (and Republicans) know that the jobless rate is a LAGGING indicator, and is one of the last measures to really improve in an economic recovery. LEADING indicators such as the yield curve and housing starts, on the other hand, show that the economy is growing. Both political parties are hypocritical on this point, and both use the jobless rate to spin the story to make the economy appear worse (Democrats did it to Bush in '04, and Republicans are doing it to Obama in '12).

    July 6, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. Four and The Door

    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?"
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    The problem is Obama has 3 1/2 years of proof showing his disdain for American business. I don't know who he thinks will pull the nation out of this awful economic slump, but it will not be accomplished by government hiring.

    The Obama/ Biden 2012 political ploy of "helping the middle class by raising taxes on billionaires" is not exactly the kind of help middle class Americans need. They need good jobs. Good private sector jobs will bring success to the middle class. Tax and Spend is not a formula for American success. We can do better. Romney 2012.

    July 6, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  12. dave richman

    Just a few more months of Obama's failed policies, and we will begin to turn the ship before we all go off the edge. Talk about Just In Time, this one is close.

    July 6, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. wm Scot

    Then SIR get your republicans colleges in congress to get off their asses and start getting some jobs bills passes to put these people to work instead of sitting on their asses CHEERING the lack of jobs so you can get elected !

    July 6, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. kakaraka

    "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.

    Wait a minute. Mitt, "My plan calls for action that will get America working again and create good jobs, both near term and long term." is not a plan. Duh. Do not fool the american people Mitt. You don't have any plan. Just to give more tax breaks for friends millionaires, billionaires.

    July 6, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  15. Rosslaw

    At least the jet ski industry is hanging in there. And of course someone has to dry, clean and put the jet skis away after Mittens uses them, another source of employment. Thanks Mittens.

    July 6, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. T'sah From Virginia

    ►"I'm delighted to be able to take a vacation with my family," ◄
    Me too – we go camping – cost of site $25 per night – and we still have fun. So next time when the President takes a vacation to spend time with his family – "Shut the Front Door!!!"

    Obama 2012 – The Only trusted Way Forward!!

    July 6, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  17. Clint

    Rmoney is thrilled! More off shore money for him, crumbs for America's Middle Class.

    July 6, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. levi

    I have a plan. Vote for me and I will tel it to you! Geeesh!

    July 6, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. TomNPitt

    I don't know what the big del is with these Une,ployment numbers. During Clinton's administration, when UE was around 3%, Allen Greenspan said this was a very un-healthy level of un-employment. We had people working who were not qualified and un-inspired to hold their jobs. He sad, at the time, a more healthy level of un-employment was between 8 and 10 percent!! At that level employers could be more selective and the employed would be more motivated to hold on to their jobs. Just sayin' – that's a fact of life from the Greenspan Economics history book.

    July 6, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  20. beevee

    With an uncoopertive GOP dominated congress who are hell bent on not helping the president for robust job growth and make him a one term president (as they publicly stated) the slow but steady job growth still deserves voters appreciation of the president. How much a chief can do if the subordinates revolt. Voters remember that the GOP is doing all this without any care for the middle class and now Mr. Romeny calls the job situation a kick in the gut of the middle class which happened because of the GOP and other business groups who want Obama out. I can see things to get bad with Romney in WH. But I know he will get a kick in the butt come November.

    July 6, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. Eric

    Somewhat ironic coming from a corporate raider.

    July 6, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. dog1

    He should be quite proud of the effort his corporate friends have put forth to stop hiring Americans even though those same corportations are sitting on, as reported on all the news networks even the almost news Fox, record profits. They are not hiring because they want to get Romney elected so they will recieve even bigger tax breaks and virtually no regulation. The other upside for corporations is the fact that if they wait long enough they know people will work for dirt wages. What they would really like to see is America become another China with millions of minimum wage workers and immense profits for themselves. Toward the end of the Bush administration I heard an interview with one of his economic advisors who stated THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NEED TO LEARN TO WORK FOR LESS MONEY! Just watch and listen and see what you think.

    July 6, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. Dav

    obama policies continuing to reward illegal aliens and putting American workers on welfare.Bye comrade obama

    July 6, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    Watch the "kick in the gun" Americans get if they elect Romney and he gives tax incentives to the big companies who send American jobs overseas to join his money that he does not pay taxes on

    July 6, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  25. NOW COMES MITT OF ROMNEY

    Can someone help me ask Gov Romney what he will do to create Jobs? simple question, what are you plans, at lease we have seen Obama's job bill though it was bursted by the Tea party Congress, and then ask the Tea Party Republicans who campaigned during mid term of jobs jobs jobs, where are the jobs, Obama is trying in this tough times, and he is doing it all alone

    July 6, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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