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. Anonymous

    Unemployment would be over 10% with Romney as president. Republican administrations generally are disasterous for the economy. Clinton turned things around after 12 years of disasterous Republican policies. It will take four more years under Obama and another 8 with two more Democratic administrations for things to be sailing again. We must keep it that way and be smart enough never to have a Republican president again. Those Chick-Fil-A people better wise up or they won't even be able to afford to eat there anymore; the only line they'll be in will be a bread line.

    August 2, 2012 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  2. Canuck

    @bb
    "Why not give Mitt a chance ??? At least he can read."

    Sure, go ahead, hand control back to the Republicans – it worked out so well the last time.... good grief....

    August 2, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. truth hurts

    Marry – Anyone remember what it looked like under GOP “leadership”?
    ===================================================
    yes... 52 consecutive months of STRONG economic growth with low unemployment. NOT like obama's 42 straight months of record unemployment over 8% and stagnant, almost non-existent economic growth, now down to 1.5%. obama is a complete failure by every measurement. record unemployment, low/no economic growth, record deficits, record debt, record law breaking, record golf games, record campaign fund raisers, record excuses, record finger pointing, record celeb events, record lies, record vacations,.....

    August 2, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  4. Dagnytag

    Liberal Leftists should have pictures that go along with the words in the article to help them interpret the meaining:

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

    So libbies, this means that Scott Walker has come in and drastically turned things around, IN SPITE of B.O.'s economy, which is currently 9.6% – E-5 Unemployment Rate, or, the less accurate 8.2% – E-3.

    Other states that benefited from the 2010 shellacking and added (R) Governors are seeing the same trend. The opposite is true of (D) Governors.

    WAKE UP. B.O. NEEDS TO GO!

    August 2, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    All I know is this. The last time Republicans were in the White House and had control of both chambers of Congress, we had a $300 billion annual budget surplus. By the time they left, we had a $1.5 trillion annual budget deficit, they saw that they were going to lose the election, paid the Wall Street banks $700 billion, and then cut and ran.

    August 2, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Wasn't the Florida governor told to hold back the job growth numbers? I remember that being a story on CNN.

    August 2, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. Etch-A-Sketch Mitt RobMe Out-sourcing-Jobs Outsourcing-his-Money and Outsourcing America

    Poor and middle class Americans only get a $1000 tax credit per child and the mitt robme's gets $77,000 TAX CUTS for a horse!!!...they care more about the horse than ordinary Americans...heck, they even outsource their jobs to CHINA & INDIA!!!

    wonder how much TAX CUTS the robme's got for their dog-in-a-cage-on-a-car-rooftop, the elevator car garage, and their jet ski....and everything else in-between?

    no wonder ann robme says "we have giving you people all we have"!!!!...and robme is hiding his TAX RETURNS in the CAYMEN ISLAND!!

    August 2, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. Dagnytag

    Last week President Obama said his economic policies have "worked." Tell that to the 23 million Americans struggling to find jobs or the countless business owners suffering in this anemic economy.

    In terms of spending, not only has Obama produced four consecutive trillion-dollar deficits, but also he's responsible for the most rapid increase of debt under any U.S. president, adding over $5 trillion in new debt. And this comes from the same man who, in 2009, pledged to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term in office.

    No. Mr. President – IT DIDN'T WORK.

    August 2, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. g

    trickle down, war economy ,is only temporary –need MADE IN AMERICA- products

    August 2, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. Wake up people

    Show us the taxes Willard and make Congress do the job they were elected to do. Anyone that signs a pledge against working with our President should be thrown out of congress and into prison for treason!

    Do what all other Presidential candidates have done Robmey and show us those taxes.

    OBAMA 2012

    August 2, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. winky

    How is this bad for the president the unemployment rate is going down dumb dumb dumb dumb!

    August 2, 2012 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. phearis

    I find it amusing that the GOP blames the housing crisis on Obama when it started under their watch in 2007. Over a year before he even took office. So exactly how is that Obama's fault? Oh yeah, it's not. And while we're talking facts, Florida unemployment was 3.8% when Gee Dub took office and 8 years later was 8.6% in 2008, and after 4 years of Obama it's still at 8.6%. hmmmm, .0% increase. Seems pretty good compared to the economy under GOP control.

    August 2, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. Montykoolaid

    Republicans offer nothing, they simply point and scream OBAMA BAD!

    Romney has NO:
    Plan for economy (Aside from sweeping tax cuts for the wealthy and killing regulations on banks and corporations that keep the financial meltdown of 2008 from happening AGAIN)
    Plan for immigration (aside from his absolutely braindead notion of "self deportation")
    Plan for education (aside from SLASHING ITS BUDGET, because our kids dont need education)
    Plan for healthcare except to REPEAL OBAMACARE AND REPLACE IT WITH THE EXACT SAME THING EXCEPT WITH NO MANDATE SO HOWS HE GOING TO PAY FOR IT?

    We have been crawling out of this pit that the last GOP administration drove us into. Even when Republicans complain its that the recovery isnt happening fast enough (Thanks to GOP obstruction, they even voted down a bill to cut taxes for companies that bring jobs back home and raise taxes on outsourcers, GOP shot it down, TY GOP!)

    So we are recovering and you want to put Mitt in charge? He has surrounded himself with Bush jrs entire cabinet, you remember, the one that lit the U.S. economy on fire and drive it over a cliff?

    August 2, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. mannycl

    Some of the comments in this place are so outlandish that all I can do is to laugh. One guy sayiing that unemployment would have been 10% under Romney (he must be a medium or a seer), maybe he/she should also guess how many jobs were exported to China, Mexico,etc. Just more liberal proganda from the Doomocrats.

    August 2, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. REDO Republican Primary

    By his ADS Romney keeps remining people how much worse it would have been but for Obama. Romney Mr. Let the housing market fall is just clueless.

    August 2, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    truth hurts

    Marry – Anyone remember what it looked like under GOP “leadership”?
    ===================================================
    yes... 52 consecutive months of STRONG economic growth with low unemployment.
    -------------------------
    Followed by 19 months of the worst economic down turn this country has seen since the Great Depression. Had it not been for the social safety nets like Welfare, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps and othe programs, we would have seen the the Greater Depression. Wake up. Bush started with a $300 billion surplus and handed off a $1.5 trillion deficit with a GDP running close to -8%.

    August 2, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "the housing crisis on Obama when it started under their watch in 2007"

    It started well before that when the bubble started expanding in the first place and the GOP and Dubya figured they'd rather ride that wave and claim credit for it than nip it in the bud.

    August 2, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  18. once upon a horse

    ok let's see if I have this straight.....when the employment numbers in states look good or are getting better it's only due to what the governor (esp. if he or she is a Republican) has done to make it better, BUT if the economy and employment numbers in that state are poor then it's toally President Obama's fault. People who can't see through this Republican malarky are ones that just don't want to see through it.

    August 2, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  19. Four and The Door

    phearis
    I find it amusing that the GOP blames the housing crisis on Obama when it started under their watch in 2007. Over a year before he even took office. So exactly how is that Obama's fault?
    _____________________________________________________________________________________________
    The hundreds of $billions he has recklessly thrown at it with no impact. The fact that he and Ben Bernanke have kept interest rates at next to nothing to try and impact housing as if housing prices are the federal government's responsibility. So who takes the hit when interest rates are artificially low? Retired seniors. Nice group to target, huh?

    August 2, 2012 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  20. MTATL67

    In June Romney sent an email/letter telling Governor Rick Scott to tone down Florida’s economic improvements.....HISTARICAL

    August 2, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  21. AqChicago

    The biggest joke is that Florida is run by a Republican governor. Accountability comes to the FL governor before pointing fingers at Obama.

    August 2, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  22. w l jones

    Florida always had high uneployment it economic centered around seasion farm labor so what new.

    August 2, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
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