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. Winning

    He's actually gleeful about it, this POS. I used to just think he was an awkward tool, but honestly, the more this campaign goes on, my feelings toward this person are changing towards actually disliking him. His statements make me angry. The man with no core, no plan, who takes pleasure that the economy isn't picking up. What a jerk.

    July 6, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. Larry

    He has a plan? Is he willing to bet $10,000 we will never hear any details? Same line we have heard before, Obama is doing so bad and he can fix it – that's what scares me.

    July 6, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. OPEN400

    We know Romney belileves in out sourcing – that's part of his 250 million dollar net worth. Romney claims he is going to shrink the size of federal government by 20%. He beieves in the Ryan budget and what is going on in Wisconsin. D-a-a-a-a-h: How is that going to lower unemployment?

    July 6, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  4. Change is Needed

    Maybe the President should bus himself back to DC and the White House. Do a full day of work for America and create some badly needed jobs instead of campaigning for re-election!

    July 6, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. Just Wondering...

    What jumped out at me in this article was Romney suggesting that President Obama punish China for stealing American jobs. What would Mr. Romney suggest be done to those American executives who sent those American jobs overseas?

    Nevermind. We have that answer. Given that he is one of those executives who shipped American jobs to China, he thinks they deserve bigger tax breaks.

    July 6, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  6. strgzer585

    "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." I just have no idea what that plan actually is yet. I will let you know as soon as my handlers tell me.

    July 6, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Romney his hiding the fact that the lack of new jobs is due to the fact that the Republicans in Congress are purposely preventing job growth at this time so that voters will believe that Republicans must come to the rescue.

    July 6, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. 1nd3p3nd3nt

    does anyone know what romney's economic plan is?

    July 6, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. demwit

    I'm not worried.., I have a government job.

    July 6, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. lol

    "I hope that more Americans are able to take vacations ..." LOLOL

    July 6, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  11. Neil

    You know what else is a kick in the gut? Mitt's efforts in the past to outsource jobs to china/India. And Repubs willingness or ignorance of this fact. That's pitiful, all you Repubs can muster for the presidential nomination is this spineless, flipflopping, RINO. Lol.

    July 6, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. Charles

    Romeny is purposely hiding the fact that it is Republicans in Congress who are preventing job growth so that voters will think that they must elect Republicans to get the job done.

    July 6, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  13. stew

    His limo driver took him to this hardware store to show Mitt the difference betwen a screw and a nail. Mitt says,"I've nailed the screwing I'll give all Americans just like Bain but this time at the White House!"

    July 6, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If Mittens sees misery today, he should have been around when the Bush republican near depression started. Losing 800,000 jobs a month, the stock market dropped from over 13,000 to under 7,000, gas in the summer of 2008 was over $4.00, we were in two unfunded wars and the conservative republicans drove our national debt to over $12 trillion. We were not better off.

    July 6, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  15. Art

    I wonder what Rush Limbaugh thinks? I think that is the one I'm thinking of?

    July 6, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  16. PoliticsSuck

    And he's going to create jobs by:
    1. giving millionairs more money (which they don't need)
    2. Deregulating wall street (fantastic idea. It worked so well in the past)
    3. Giving corporations more tax breaks (23% didn't pay any taxes last year)
    Just a note here but talking to the unemployed about vacations is just cruel. This dude is totally clueless.

    July 6, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. frankie

    How can Romney talk down the president's job creating abilities when it is a known fact that Romney and Bain capital bankrupted, dissolved, and sold off many American businesses and sent work overseas? Wonder why he makes no mention of that in his "If I were president" speeches... Just like Romney doesn't mention that his healthcare plan in Mass is just like the supposedly socialist "Obamacare" plan that he claims to now not agree with. More typical politician bullshit... looks like more of the same, Romney is no different from anyone else, no matter how much he tries to claim that he is.

    July 6, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  18. Mike Morales

    Well maybe if these corporations quit sending jobs and I mean good middle class jobs overseas to.fatten their pockets maybe they wouldn't be facing high corporate tax rates. And that should be the norm, send jobs overseas, givernment should tax the hell out of that company.

    July 6, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  19. Oliver

    What we really need to do is put a Wall Street guy in charge. We'll remove all regulation, poison the environment (more profitable) and funnel money to our cronies at the top. Then we go to war in Iran, well, we send the poor to war but we give Haliburton the bloated defense contracts. We can lord over the middle class, take their money, that is to say, continue to take their money at faster and faster rates until our children can lord over the next generation even better then we can, We will give the masses religion and propagandized fantasy through fox news and righteous media outlets, that one day they can be just like us. But they can never be like us.

    Who is going to stop us? Some black president? A community organizer? An auto worker or teacher? You? I'd like to see you try.

    July 6, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  20. Common sense grandma

    Again, Romney sort of misses the target. Most of us just want to be able to cover our living expenses, but leave it to him to come down from ONE of his homes and think we will be swayed by a vacation offer. This man is clueless.

    July 6, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. Mike

    Wellllll Mitt would don't you invest your money in the American people instead of offshore accounts and corporations. . . Maybe then I'll listen to what you have to say.

    July 6, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. Karm99

    Same old Republican story.

    Deregulate everything and give tax breaks to the rich and corporations.

    It did not work then, it will not work now.

    Economic recovery in the modern world is a lot more complicated than that. It requires new ideas, progressive ideas and yes it requires time. Time to let things unfold and get better, time to weather some of the problems from Europe, time to get jobs bills working, time to let the healthcare act start to work.

    Republicans believe that there is a silver bullet to recovery. They believe in an unreasonable accelerated pace. Like their failed economic policies of the past their expectations are wrong.

    Democrats believe that getting out of the mess that Bush and the Republicans left this country in is going to be a lot of work, it is not going to be quick, but it will get done. Slow and steady.

    July 6, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. Whammybar

    If you were and employer and you had no idea what the rules were going to be in six months would you be hiring right now?

    July 6, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. Thomas

    Romney called this report a "kick in the gut for middle class families"

    What dose Mitt Romney know about the middle class .

    Nothing !

    July 6, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. Core republican Values

    What would Romney know about "A kick in the gut?" Did Ann's stable boy lose his job? Are the Romney's having a difficult time finding someone to clean their swimming pools? What about someone to shine Mitt's shoes?

    July 6, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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