Romney ad hits Obama on Florida economy
August 2nd, 2012
11:35 AM ET
2 years ago

Romney ad hits Obama on Florida economy

(CNN) - A television ad released Thursday from presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney highlights a stalling economy in Florida, pinning the blame on President Barack Obama.

Obama heads to Florida Thursday for a campaign stop in Orlando.

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"Four years ago, Barack Obama was concerned about Florida's economy," the narrator in the ad begins.

She continues, "But under President Obama, 8.6% unemployment. Record foreclosures. Six hundred thousand more Floridians in poverty. He focused on Obamacare instead of jobs. Barack Obama: what a disappointment."

Florida – currently rated a "Toss Up" on CNN's Electoral Map – carries 29 electoral votes in November's election. The state has been hard hit by a weak housing market, and its economy is growing at a slow rate.

Its unemployment rate of 8.6% is higher than the national average, but is lower than a high of 11.4% in 2010.

In responding to criticisms of his handling of the economy, Obama's campaign has pointed out that jobs losses slowed nationally after he came into office in January 2009.

CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    Last I saw Obama had a pretty good lead on Romney in Florida so he must be doing something right.

    August 2, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. John F

    Not long ago, Republicans were telling Florida's governor to stop talking about how good the economy was there.

    August 2, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. Canuck

    "Mitt Romney highlights a stalling economy in Florida, pinning the blame on President Barack Obama."

    It seems its all he knows how to do. How about some ideas of your own, Mitt?

    August 2, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. Sniffit

    Did he send a warning letter to Gov. Rick Scott? I mean, last time Rick Scott was out and about saying how great the FL economy is recovering and claiming it was all his own doing (not Obama's of course), Mittens had to send him a letter asking him to not say such things because it was so important for Mittens to be able to claim that the FL economy is terrible and that it's all Obama's fault. Scott then told him to go pound sand because it's so important for Scott to be able to claim that it's peachy and all his doing. It's things like this that really highlight that the GOP/Teatrolls are so desperate to construct their own reality bubbles that they've painted themselves into a corner.

    August 2, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. Woman In California

    And Willard M. Romney HELPED Floridians by putting his money in other countries and placing his tax burden on US the REAL U.S. taxpayers.

    August 2, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. bb

    It is very clear Oblunder cannot lead in any way shape or form, His new slogan its not my fault should work. This inept community fundraiser has all but destroyed this country. Gee lets not put in a proven success like Romey, if you want more welfare ,more gov spending, higher taxes and no future than stay with Oblameo. Why not give Mitt a chance ??? At least he can read.

    August 2, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. California Gary

    But Mitt.......you just praised the economy in Poland where the unemployment rate is 12%. What up with that?

    August 2, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. Patriot Awesome

    I wonder how Rick Scott is going to feel about that ad.

    August 2, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. California Gary

    Looks like Mitt wants to give the Gov credit when it's doing well, but give Obama the blame when it's not........seems fair.

    August 2, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. Bill

    The Obama lead has increased to 8 percentage points in Florida Keep throwing your money away Mittens!! Actually, it is not yours, but no matter. People have tuned this garbage out long ago.

    August 2, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  11. BLKMANinAmerica

    All good because the one thing Romney and the repuks FAIL to do is tell America what and how they will help the American economy.

    August 2, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. truth hurts

    In responding to criticisms of his handling of the economy, Obama's campaign has pointed out that jobs losses slowed nationally after he came into office in January 2009.
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    of course! companies pared down to their staff and then stopped. do cluless leftists think companies will lay the entire company off??? btw, the recession technically ended over 3 years ago, practically before obama and the democrats even did anything. but he we are 3 years later and the only reason the unemployment rate is lower is that millions have stopped looking for jobs. yes, quite the obama accomplishment. how many more can he drive from the work force with another 4 years?

    August 2, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. Gran 1

    I live in Florida and we love obama especially here in tallahassee,

    August 2, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. HAHA- I live here, in Tampa

    Our GOP governor Rick Scott has been on TV bragging about how good things are in Florida for months...because he's in charge and not Obama!

    Now, Mitt Romney thinks Floridians will see Obama as the problem, and that the economy here sucks, even with a GOP governor who's been telling us how great it is?

    What is the Romney campaign thinking? They're looking schizophrenic and not ready for prime time.

    August 2, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. Sal

    Well either the Romney ad is lying or the governor of Florida is, or maybe both.....

    August 2, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "the recession technically ended over 3 years ago, practically before obama and the democrats even did anything."

    More evidence that you really have no idea what was in the Stimulus or the timeline involved in its execution and the progression/cessation of the recession. Don't let that stop you from regurgitating whatever it is Mamabird Limbaugh vomits down your throat though...carry on...you amuse me.

    August 2, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. Marry

    Of cause 8.6% unemployment is not what we want! But slowly the economy is GROWING! Anyone remember what it looked like under GOP “leadership”? Right! And I do not want to know what it would be under a Romney Administration – 8.6 would be wonderful! We see how “effective” the GOP/TP is despite their battle cay of JOBS, JOBS, JOBS in 2010! But of cause, these no good party of “NO” jerks are hoping for “one term…”! Fat chance, we are not all stupid!!

    August 2, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. Jon

    Ok ... lets face facts ... Obama has golfed more in July then he spent time meeting with his jobs commission. Obama's Jobs Czar ... then man who is responsible to getting jobs is the CEO of GE ... and as CEO since he was appointed as jobs Czar has been closing factories and plants in the USA ... only to reopen them in China ...

    Come on Obama ... stop golfing with your rich buddies and work at solving the jobs problem

    August 2, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  19. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Romney has been unemployed for five or six years now he is looking for job but they say Republican he know how creat job. People of America need to know the fact. Question if Romney was such a great governor why he wouldn't run again ,he did the right thing he quit

    August 2, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  20. Jon

    By the way incase you liberals didnt know ... Obama has never met with the jobs commission that he appointed to help with the unemployment ... Golf and fundraising must be far more important than getting America back to work ... I say this because where a man spend his time is an indication of what is important ... thus golf is more important than jobs

    August 2, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. pleaforbalance.com

    Folks, let's try to remember that this is not a sporting event where we just root for our favorite team. The outcomes of this election will have far-reaching effects on generations to come and the quality of life for every American. Please see pleaforbalance.com

    August 2, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  22. Logic N LA

    Why is unemployment the Presidents fault but healthcare is a states issue? Congress ( correction- The House) has several proposed jobs bills it will not vote on becuase they might do some good and help the President.
    Mr Romney- when will you give us some reason to vote for you? all you do is say Obama is wrong and you will talk after the election. I suggest you buy a copy of Job Interviews for Dummies- you're ot doing a very good job on this one.

    August 2, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  23. 4 More Years!!!

    Mittens. You're a bit out of touch!!!

    August 2, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  24. vic , nashville ,tn

    “Pledge to America,” we heard in 2010 we supported that after that we lost our credit rating
    2010 we made big mistake not in 2012

    August 2, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    At least the economy is going up under president Obama instead of down under the Gop bafoons party losers !!!! Where's your tax returns ,romney the TWIT ????

    August 2, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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