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. reasonablebe

    Unemployment is at 8%-oh, wait it was over 10% when Obama was elected... so it's down some 2% since mid 2008– and Romney is promising what?... to reduce unemployment by a little less than 2% in 4 yrs if elected.... that unemployment # is a lot better than it would have been had it continued to slide under GOP continuation. recall that the government grew with the Bush family, and jobs went swimming for overseas– and those that hung around were eaten by sharks in US waters– like Bain Capital....

    July 6, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. denise

    when the job report came out 80,000 jobs added its a plus. may not be as much as we hoped for. but come on, when the republican govenors are cutting jobs in the public sector its dragging the job numbers down. I don't hear the media talking about that as a factor

    July 6, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. mary

    I'm confused , Romney LIKES firing people but is upset by unemployment ?
    Which part of being 'Fired results in unemployment' does he not understand ?

    July 6, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. Fearless Freep

    My plan calls for action that will get America working again and create good jobs, both near term and long term."

    Ok, so whats the plan ?
    Is it a big secret ?
    He keeps saying he has one, why wont he share it ?
    Waiting..........................................................................

    July 6, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. storybookceramics

    @rla

    We don't need "We deed (sic) new policies and a new leader", we need a congress that will allow out current leader to LEAD, instead of blocking him at every move, just for political motives. THAT'S what we really need.

    July 6, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  6. Jaydub

    For all those supporting "mittens" please, please, tell me what's his plan other than criticizing the current President and stating the obvious.

    July 6, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. Fred

    Obama's first 6 months in 2012 created created 150,000 jobs!!! Yeah!!!

    G.W. Bush first 6 months in 2004 created 197,000 jobs!

    Ronald Reagan first 6 months in 1974 created 376,000 jobs!

    Looks like the conservatives have it again!

    July 6, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. ajs

    brenda...romney also abandoned his job as governor; is that what he'd do as our commander in chief

    July 6, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. Willard

    I have a plan that will put Americans back to work.
    Elect me president, and i will let you know what the plan is.

    July 6, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. Fred

    that sould be 1984 for reagan

    July 6, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. GaryB

    I'm not sure if Romney is a liar or he is completely ignorant as to how businesss work (considering the wealth he was born with, it's completely plausible that he simply bought his way into Bain and that he lacks any real business acumen and simply surrounded himself with competent people). First, although the corporate tax rate in the U.S. is high, the effective tax rate (the rate people actually pay after deductions), is actually competitive compared to the rest of the developed world, and in some industries (for instance, the oil industry) it's actually relatively low. Second, businesses, particularly corporations, don't automatically hire if you lower their tax rates. Their first inclination is to pay bonuses to executive staff and sock the rest away to raise the company stock price. They only hire if they feel they will be missing out on potential profits by not hiring. If they can convince four salaried workers to work an extra ten hours a week for free, they'll do that before they hire one extra person, as that doesn't cost them any money. That's the way corporations work, and if Mitt Romney doesn't understand this, he's not a real businessman.

    July 6, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. mary

    What are with the bogus claims about a $2 Billion dollar rainy day fund in Mass ?
    Reality ? $97 Billion DEBT !

    Massachusetts has a total state debt of approximately $97,940,986,000, when calculated by adding the total of outstanding official debt, pension and other post-employment benefits (OPEB) liabilities, Unemployment Trust Fund loans, and the budget gap.

    July 6, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. SCOTO

    Its a downright disgrace that our President has been unable to fix in 3 years the mess that took Romney's bunch 8 years to make.

    July 6, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. Kishman

    Typical GOP/Romney B.S. Romney looks and sounds like a goon. No plans, no specifics and no substance. President Obama is creating jobs and most Americans prefer him to this hot air.

    July 6, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  15. Jerry

    Funny how Romney and his republican band get really loud when they can convert some voters. But when it comes to doing the job they are supposed to, you won't hear anything from them, outside of the occasional NO.
    That shows what to expect from them, whole lot of talk now, but another depression few years later.
    Mitt is complaining that Obama is weak (that means doing something, I guess) on China – while Mitt was hard at work outsourcing jobs where else, to China. That is what Mitt calls hard on China. I don't know, does he have Chinese connections, why does he work so hard for china but not america?

    July 6, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  16. Jaydub

    I noticed something absent from romney supporters posts...his plan for recovery. you can't criticize your way into the presidency!

    July 6, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  17. DeTamble

    Dear Brenda.

    I was born and raised in Waltham.
    Romney balanced the budget by running around the state closing anything
    he could get his hands on including Institutes for the blind, and veterans care centers.

    Mittens also put into place "Romneycare" but do you know how
    he did it without raising taxes ?
    He got the money from the "Fed",
    in other words 49 other states paid for it.

    With a 39% approval rating it was clear he would NOT have been re-elected,
    so he lied and says, it was because he was going to run for president.
    BULL !

    July 6, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  18. migeli

    Yeh,maybe,Brenda.But thats when he didn't have the Tea Party telling him what to do.

    July 6, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  19. GOP Insanity

    And Romney's firm (yes, he still earns about $40mm per year as an "inactive" investor) continues to lay people off and gut companies to artificially prop up the bottom line so they can "exit". Not a single human emotion in the bunch. Want to see Romney's track record? Look at Bain's track record.

    July 6, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. erik

    Can someone please write a book called Common Sense II and call for all people of the world to declare themselves free of government and have a peaceful non corrupt government that functions for the needs of the people and declares all humans are equal? Also education and healthcare are free. Lets get along and advance science a few thousand years faster than our current pace. Lets let everyone be part of our civilizations daily advances.

    July 6, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  21. first

    The G.overnment O.pposition P.arty, Romney and friends are holding jobs hostage, by freezing hiring until as they hope Romney wins. Then employment will rise, due to their hiring at minimum wage, so they can still reap whopping yearly earnings. How much has big corp's and businesses been saving since unemployment has been above 8%. They can afford to hire why aren't they?

    July 6, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. john west

    hes starting to sound like gwb. I wonder why?

    July 6, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  23. MaryM

    Running for President as Romney and investing and hiding his money overseas is deplorable. Mitt Romney talks a good game but as with most of his rhetoric he is lying. Bank accounts in the cayman islands and other overseas banks to AVOID PAYING AMERICAN taxes. Romney could care less about Americans or America.
    Oh and where is that 2011 tax return Mitt, Still sanitizing it.
    Romney is Running for President of the U.S. Wouldnt he want his money investing in AMERICA.

    July 6, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  24. Bill Clinton

    Really Mittt...do you truly understand what it's like to suffer at the hands of the regime. Do you think you are the alternative to Obama and are going to promise us more change. How can you? You never had to struggle a day in your life except figuring out how to NOT choke on your silver spoon. Have to have lived it to preach it.

    July 6, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  25. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    The Outsourcer In Chief is trash talking again. The man with close to a billion dollars in offshore accounts and foreign lands, in an effort to keep his money from being taxed by the American IRS! TAX EVADER...any other normal person would be placed in jail for such an act! Or should be!

    July 6, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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