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. Rags

    In the meantime, Rmoney is stashing more of his ill gained wealth offshore to avoid paying taxes. What a loser!

    July 6, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. Robert

    I think I just threw up in my mouth a little! Mr. Corperations are people and money is free speech. Mr. Tax cuts for the super rich whos policies are screwing our economy to begin with. Mr. Ship jobs over seas here says the bad economy is all Obamas fault. What the Republican party and the top 1% are doing to this country is nothing short of a coup attempt and if we the people are not smart enough to see past their citizens united multi billion dollar ad campain, they are going to succeed.

    July 6, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. Jaxon65

    Saying we have the highest corp tax rates in the world is a total lie...not even close

    July 6, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. ajs

    if the retarded republicans would pass the jobs bill that Obama wrote, there would literally be millions more jobs.

    the idea of hurting the American people in an effort to elect Romney is an act of treason in my eyes

    July 6, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. James

    Romney's job plan is to let companies like Bain capital take over other companies that are not doing too well in these tough times, gut them and make as much profit for their shareholders and no regard to how many people are added to the unemployment lines. If he wins, he will have 4 years to add to his own considerable fortune.

    July 6, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. J

    It's scary thinking of anyone of these two as President. Obama policies do not seem to be working. Romney complains about a kick in the gut well telling automakers to suffer is not really helping middle class.

    July 6, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. Stuemt

    Hey when will all of you get it?? Obama did diddly squat for this economy. Please!! Give someone else a chance for g-ds sake

    July 6, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. Sniffit

    "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.""

    NO YOU DON'T AND NO IT DOESN'T. IF YOU HAD A PLAN YOU'D TALK IN SPECIFICS AND USE FACTS, EVIDENCE AND HISTORICAL DATA TO ARGUE FOR SUPPORT FOR YOUR IDEAS.

    July 6, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Jean Smith

    Four more years of Obama and we will have no country! He needs to honor his promise to leave if he did nothing to help during his term.Lets see if he is man enough to do that. Clearly this jobs report shows he has done nothing for the working person except to create an added burden with his health care policy.

    July 6, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. mm

    All this guy does is talk about what's wrong with America and our current president.
    And, his solution is what? His plan is what?
    Take another vacation at his family's lakefront home. Gotcha.

    July 6, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. PR

    Romney's plan is to send our jobs overseas. This is what he and Bain Captial did best.

    July 6, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Rose

    So if someone is rich because they worked for it, then their an awful person???? You ppl are crazy. Do you think Obama is poor? You need to do your own research & stop being mindless drones listening everything the Media tells you to believe. I personally know someone in my home town that was accused of some things, & the media had twisted it around to make the story more appealing. RESEARCH, RESEARCH!!!!! By heck don't go out & get rich, ppl will hate you. Jealous.......

    July 6, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. JWR

    Hey Mitt, You're the problem with job growth in America. You and your cronies sent them overseas!! You have no plan, and you are not for America. You stash your money overseas after sending jobs overseas and expect Americans to trust you when your trust is not in America. Go away!!

    July 6, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. Sniffit

    "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.""

    Let's see how well this works with another "I have a ___" speech....

    "I have a dream. It's a nice dream and makes me happy and it would make you happy too if my dream came true."

    Yeah, just loses something without the specifics, eh?

    July 6, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. ZipDat

    Wake up people, the billionaire republicans many of you are supporting shipped the jobs overseas to make workers in this country desperate for work. Once the desperation has kicked-in, they will bring the jobs back but with much less pay and worthless benefits and of course you will have no right to organize or complain....be careful of what you are supporting.....

    July 6, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. Bill

    Romney was "kicked in the gut" because when he was outsourcing jobs he was able to do 80,000 in a week and he is upset that standards set by him and dropped.....

    July 6, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. Wallace

    Sorry, Mitt. I'm not buying it. Obama's not responsible for the greed, self-servitude and lack of compassion inherent in your business practices. You and your upper-crust buddies have exploited the middle class to the point where it's in danger of extinction. I voted for Bush twice, and look what I got for it. (Not a damn thing.)

    July 6, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  18. Hindsight 20/20

    Real headline: Romney Celebrates

    Republicans ran in 2010 on jobs, jobs, jobs. Guess they are blameless in how slow it's been. Oh wait, their goal was to make Obama a 1 term president from the start, right McConell? So this is a celebration.

    July 6, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. freddie nerk

    Most jobs going overseas are to American companies. As China labor rates increase at 15-20% per year and their currency appreciates, this will stop. No American company supports Mittens ranting about China. Without China buying and growing we would be in a depression by now. I am scared by Mittens trashing of our country. He is a cheap opportunist. At least Santorum had convictions.

    July 6, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  20. Darwin was right

    Great news for those Republicans! Easier now for ROMNEY to convince GULLIBLE AMERICANS to CUT TAXES FOR THE RICH. Amazing how easy it is to dupe the public.

    July 6, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  21. Dave

    "Romney said as president, he would use different strategies to help remedy the dire economic straits many Americans face."
    -----------------–
    Really? And what would those strategies be, Mitt? What are YOUR plans?

    July 6, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  22. Paisley

    A lakefront home in NH's lakes region, playground for the rich. Jobs in Wolfboro: cleaning up after them. Yup, very impressive (NOT).

    July 6, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. ST

    "My plan calls for action that will get America working again and create good jobs, both near term and long term." said Romney.
    What a lousy and boring campaign this man is carrying? Why can't he explain to people the plan he has in creating jobs? Anyone can tell people: "I have plan", if that is what is only needed to be said.

    July 6, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  24. Proud American

    After increasing the national debt by $5 trillion Obama's promised recovery still isn't here. He is completely unqualified to be president. His liberal class warfare psycophants try to character assassinate the one candidate for president who actually has experience in creating jobs and siginng the front of private sector paychecks! spare me!!! we can't afford four more years of Obama

    July 6, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. Romney sucks

    Romney is a phoney! Vot him in and see

    July 6, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
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