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

    "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."

    This is a solid 9 on the unintentional comedy scale. Willard better get his communiation guy by his side STAT.
    1) Presidnet Obama presented a jobs bill. A bill that included some ideas that were GOP endorsed concrete steps. So, wrong Willard, the President has a plan that has already been presented and predictably obstructed by Boehner's lackey house.
    2) The same old ideas that have failed would be YOUR vague plan of tax cuts for rich people and increasing defense spending with no way to pay for it.
    3) The best for last "My plan calls for action that will get America working again and create good jobs, both near term and long term." Sounds like one of those cheap infomercials on TV or a gamblling hotline where the "expert" will tell you what you need....but only for a price. Once again Willard throws up a word salad that says and accomplishes NOTHING. What is the plan Willard? Specific details please. You have none.

    Finally, release the last 12 years of tax returns, what are you hiding?

    July 6, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. SilentBoy741

    My question for Mitt at the hardware store would've been, "Do you actually know how to use any of this stuff?".

    July 6, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  3. Steven

    At least there are jobs being created! Not that we have seen the end of 8%+ unemployment, but it will happen. And what have the GOP done to create jobs...NOTHING, short of tax breaks for the rich, which does little to create jobs. All they have done is become an obstacle in the congress when it comes to job creation. They have opposed this administration at every turn in trying to create new jobs. I place the blame on them as well.

    July 6, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Dave

    40 months of unemployment over 8%. And, to think, we wasted billions on the stimulus, GM bailout, solyndra, etc.

    July 6, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  5. mm

    The REAL 'kick in the gut' is a Republican Congress that has shirked off their DUTY to represent the American tax payers and refusing to produce even one REAL, PRE-Negotiated jobs programs bill during the last 3 years. Goes to show just how much they don't give a rip about the middle class.

    July 6, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  6. Calcommuter

    Maybe Mitt will come up win an actual plan to get America working during another "dinner table event" with his family.

    July 6, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. nolongerarepublican

    I have Romney syndrome by proxy.
    That is the feeling of the need to hurl chunks whenever I hear Romney speak, or see his face.

    July 6, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. rla

    We know what Obama can do-- Nothing-- Time to move on and try something beyond socialistic failed policies.... Please anyone who votes for the record of this president and his results needs their head examined..... We deed new policies and a new leader

    July 6, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. Four and The Door

    Jaxon65
    Saying we have the highest corp tax rates in the world is a total lie...not even close
    _____________________________________________________________________________________
    It is true. The American corporate tax rate of 39.2% became the highest in the developed world on March 31st, 2012 when Japan's corporate tax rate dropped to 38%. American companies are at a great disadvantage in the world economy thanks to high government taxes. But it gets even worse. America's $16 trillion debt is the largest debt of any nation ever. And it is growing because of out-of-control government spending. You are watching the demise of a great nation by it's own government. We can do better. Romney 2012.

    July 6, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. hypatia

    Oh Mittens shut your pie hole! it drools out of both sides.

    July 6, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. 4 More Years

    Obama will beat romney easily-people don't want a rich billionaire elitist running the country, getting all his friends richer than ever.

    July 6, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. rla

    Why do so many democrats demein success (Romney) and glorify failure (Obama)-- Makes one wonder about their ideological stability!

    July 6, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. WatchDawg

    In typical TGOP fashion...NO solutions...
    I look forward to the debates when Mitt actually has to stand for something...

    July 6, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. simpleguy73

    At least he knows how to create jobs a lot better than Community Organizer Obama-14.9% looking for a job and 8.2% unemployed~nuff said!

    July 6, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. george S

    There he goes again...Romney complains but only offers up the same GOP "solution" that got us into this mess in the first place...Been there ...done that!

    While the Obstructionists in the GOP controlled Congress have held up the President's Job's Bill since last September.
    Romney continues to run on strictly a "anti Obama" platform...with no new ideas..and hopes he can "buy and slide" himself into the Presidency.

    For the Romney supporters....Be very careful what you wish for!

    July 6, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  16. simpleguy73

    RESPONSE TO MM-When did the Republicans take over Congress? If you don't know-please, DO NOT VOTE!

    July 6, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. rob

    Dispite CNN's constant attemps to put good spin on the horrible economy, "Hope for Jobs" was one headine today, we are stuck in a ditch and President Obama and the Dems have no solutions. More temporaryy stimulus may help states and municipalalities to cover their runaway govts but it does nothing for the private sector. Raising taxes on "The Rich" may make some liberals "Feel Better" but even if you take all the $ from the top 1% it won't fund the Govt for more than 100 days....THEN WHAT ????? Either President Obama does a 180 degree turn and focuses on the private sector which is the real generator of sustained growth, he is going to lose by a landslide in Nov.

    The problem is that he does not understand the private economy. He wanted to "Fundementally Transform America" !!! I'm not sure what was the goal of his transformation but the policies have been a misserable failureand he deserves to be defeated in Nov.

    July 6, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. rla

    To the troll spreading the 47 in job creation in Mass.- please note that he had 4.5% unemployment at the time better than when he started-– Obama would salivate to even come close to this!

    July 6, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  19. Whammybar

    Is it true he had a $77,000.00 deduction in his income tax for caring for his horse?

    July 6, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  20. Brenda

    The comments I see against Romney are nonsense, really, with zero meaning "Romney sucks", "what a loser", etc., really? How constructive! Romney has a plan. I have lived in MA my whole life. Romney came in as governor and turned the economy around, he had some great ideas and left us with a $2 billion rainy day fund. Obama has not accomplished anything. Sorry, next. On to Romney. Now pick a great running mate.

    July 6, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  21. mb2010a

    I really am beginning to hate this man and the Republican 1% he represents...

    July 6, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. Scott

    Mitt, I would call 21 straight months of adding jobs "creating jobs". Is it as at a rate we would like to see, no, not ideally. Let me ask you this....what would you do different? Oh, that's right, you have no new ideas, you just KNOW that everything Obama does is wrong. Any person who makes less than 250k a year and votes for this clown is effectively voting for a man to do everything he can to make life more difficult for them.

    July 6, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  23. EBW

    What are the details of Mitt's plans? Can someone please answer that!

    July 6, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  24. Jay Jay

    Saying I have a plan does not cut it. What is the plan? Do not take advantage of the voters short memory. A total of 12 years under the Republican what jobs were created and how? What infrastructure was built? How better the education got? How well the middle class were? How well the Rich got?, what was the solution provided for healthcare? what were the presidents' % focus between US and the rest of the world? How many international problems that affected US interests were solved? How many terrorists were droned? How many terrorist leaders were killed? How many were let to run on the loose? Can Mitt put a comparison table to show the difference between Republican Presidents (recent Past) vs him (Mitt) vs Obama.

    July 6, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. CA Liberal

    Probably not a lot of suffering at the Billionaire Boys Club up at the Romney's lake house in New Hampshire. Where we all take vacations and hope all Americans can take vacations too someday when I am President. NO clue there.

    July 6, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
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