Swing state leader: Obama's policy slow recovery
July 10th, 2012
11:42 AM ET
2 years ago

Swing state leader: Obama's policy slow recovery

(CNN) - Top Romney surrogate Rob Portman blamed President Obama Tuesday for impeding the nation's economic recovery through ineffective policies and poor leadership

"We gave him the ball," the Ohio senator said. "It's time to give the ball to someone else. He fumbled the ball."

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"He has the experience, the record and the policy to do it," said Portman, affirming his support for the conservative contender at the Associated Builders and Contractor's Convention in Washington, DC. "That's why I'm supporting Mitt Romney."

Portman, a swing state leader and prime vice presidential option for the presumptive Republican nominee, confirmed to CNN that he met with Romney staffers while in Boston fundraising for the candidate over the weekend.

Highlighting the current administration's record of slow job growth, Portman said that in comparison the United States is almost 5 million jobs down from the recovery effort under President Reagan's leadership after the 1981 recession, with 7 million jobs created then.

Portman decried Obama's Monday announcement advocating for an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for those who earn $250,000 or less only.

Obama in an East Room speech said: "We need policies that grow and strengthen the middle class. Policies that help create jobs, that make education and training more affordable, that encourage businesses to start up and create jobs right here in the United States so that's why I believe it's time to let the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, folks like myself, to expire."

But Portman countered: "I know it may be good politics for the president to play the class warfare, but it's bad economics." He also called for full tax cut extensions, including the cuts for those making over $250,000.

House Speaker John Boehner, who also addressed the convention, echoed the Ohio senator's remarks, questioning why job creators are being taxed.

"It's not a problem that our taxes are too low, it's that our spending is too high," said Portman of the national deficit, warning that under Obama's economic leadership the United States could follow Greece into bankruptcy.

The two conservatives also took on Obama's Supreme Court healthcare victory, agreeing with Romney's classification of the mandate as a tax, not a penalty.

Boehner vowed to repeal Obamacare noting Wednesday's upcoming house vote to do just that. The Senate however is likely to avoid following through on the legislation as it has done time and again in the past.


Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Rob Portman • Washington D.C.
soundoff (43 Responses)
  1. Al-NY,NY

    Isn't Ohio showing better than average recovery from unemployment? That's what was said last week. Then Flippy whispers to them "You're not helping" and voila, it's a disaster and Obama is to blame. These guys have no moral fiber in their bodies

    July 10, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. Bill, NY

    This guy must have flame retardant pants for sure! The Republicans won't even let him sniff the ball, let alone give it to him. I will never, ever lose money betting on how deluded the Republicans are.

    July 10, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  3. charlesName

    Must be nice to not worry about health. I guess if I was a millionaire I wouldn't worry. I guess we need to cut congress's ins. And there pay. And stop all there vacation time. There a joke. Just to funny!!!!

    July 10, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. scott

    He is right, its time for Obama to go. he has done nothing for this country except make it worse, Everyone one of his political ads are bald face lies, factcheck and Washington Post proved it, He lies to the people wanting to help middle class, another lie. Its time with put this Traitor out of office. Vote Romney in 2012 for the way foward, and a better America.

    July 10, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. ART

    I beg to differ sir I think the Rethuglican congress intercepted the ball and are trying to score against their own team

    July 10, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. macrasta

    these people must think we are all Ostriches

    July 10, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  7. Kweso

    The ball you gave Obama is called a Recession. Now that he's doing his best to turn things around, you want the ball because, obviously, it's better to play a ball called Recovery than one called Recession. Shame on you when you don't notice the good in others.

    July 10, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  8. w l jones

    This Administration Is saying Education Education while the other candidate hollowing repeal repeal when a nearby advance civilization moving in our direction and look over Fla. all over the state as far back as 1971 or 72 and we are wasting vauable time. Said enough.

    July 10, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  9. Thomas

    @California Gary
    He didn't fumble the ball........he was handed a ball with no air in it. It's taking a while to pump it back up......that's not the same as fumbling.

    You right !
    And the pumps didn't work , cause the vandals took the handles !

    Halftime , the second half should be a great game !

    July 10, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  10. lolo

    These republicans are crazy. Portman talking about giving him the ball, but fails to mention that they have blocked the shots every step of the way. The republican sheep really needs to look at their party and figure out that they are nothing but a shameless party to the rest of America and they will pay dearly come November. They are the party of no, racist and liars. We should never trust them again period.

    July 10, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  11. Obama 2012 - MOVE Forward America, NOT another round of DUBYA's FAILURES

    The same old lower taxes for the job creators and the Obama fumbled rhetoric from the Grand Obstructionist Party is really old hat folks. When will these people come out with some FACTS!!! FACTS like:

    - the highest ever GDP for the US – in the lasy 100 yrs – have been under Dem Congressional control and HIGH tax rates
    - the GOBP has done nothing to fill the massive economic crevasse they left Obama with – but block, filibuster and hinder any attempts to fix the problems
    - GOP policies such as supply-side and trickle-down economics have been and ABJECT FAILURE!
    - Dubya's legacy was the HIGHEST budget deficit in history (30% more than Obama's BTW) at $1.47 TRILLION – as he left office – along with an unnecessary $850 BILLION TARP bailout and TWO unfunded, illegal wars
    - Obama's increase in the Nat'l Debt (approx $5.3T) included $3 TRILLION to pay for the aforementioned wars
    - Obama DECREASED the size of Fed Govt (by 273,000) whereas every GOP President in the last 50 yrs has INCREASED the size of govt – and (except for Dubya) INCREASED taxes!!

    Check out the FACTS for yourself folks. Don't swallow the right-wing rhetoric as gospel. YOU decide !!

    July 10, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  12. Luke,AZ

    Who in the heck is Rob Portman ? President Obama is heading for the end zone. He has made several first downs,health care, gay marriage, and latino rights. President Obama 42 Republicans 0.

    July 10, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  13. Dixie Normous

    Any growth in the economy has been in spite of Obama, rather than because of his policies. If the republicans in congress had not been able to apply some breaks, we would be in worse financial condition than Greece is.

    July 10, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  14. Ronda in Houston,TX

    Portman is only saying what he is told to by the GOP. Speaker of the House, from Ohio, is still fighting the ACA instead of doing something to create jobs in this country. The American People are still waiting Speaker! Oh by the way, stupid is as stupid does.

    July 10, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    The republican bafoon party is going down in flames in Nov with romney the clown in chief ,the only reason he's even runing is because his father got beat ,all ego !!!!

    July 10, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. nitro

    Its hard not to fumble the ball when Congress keep letting the defense through instead of blocking like they suppose Senator Sportry. The blame is goingto be spread around please believe.

    July 10, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. CaliforniaBC

    "Obama's policy slow recovery"

    Hmmm.... And Romeny/GOP policy = austerity = double dip recession or depression.

    I'll take the slow recovery.

    July 10, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. nitro

    Ask Rob Portman specificly what did he accomplish as Trade Ambassador. Your guess is as good as mine.

    July 10, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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