Romney hits July jobs report as a 'moral failure'
August 3rd, 2012
01:33 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney hits July jobs report as a 'moral failure'

North Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) – Mitt Romney said Friday in Nevada that a monthly jobs report showing the unemployment rate rising from 8.2% to 8.3% proved President Barack Obama had failed to stem the suffering of 23 million Americans still out of work.

The same report showed 163,000 jobs were created in July, a statistic the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said represented only one element of a larger, disappointing record.

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"I'm not going to look so much at every monthly statistic, as much as to say this continues a pattern of American families really struggling, having hard times, and the president's to blame for not having gotten the economy back on track," Romney said after a campaign rally in Las Vegas. Nevada is a battleground state whose unemployment rate is well above the national average.

"A lot of people are suffering in this country," Romney continued. "I think it's an extraordinary failure of policy, a failure of leadership, and I think it's a moral failure for a country as successful and prosperous as our own to go now four years in a mode which feels to many people as a recession."

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Speaking at his campaign rally, Romney offered his own five-point plan as an alternative to what he said were Obama's failed policies.

"These numbers are not just statistics," Romney said. "These are real people, really suffering, having hard times. Twenty-three million Americans out of work or stopped looking for work or under employed."

"This is an extraordinary record of failure," the Republican candidate continued. "The president's policies are not working because he thinks government makes America work. He is wrong."

Romney's plan, which he rolled out Thursday at an event in Colorado, is a simplified campaign message that utilizes traditional conservative stances he says will "get the middle class working again."

The proposals include ramping up domestic energy production; increasing trade and job training; focusing on deficit reduction; and boosting small businesses, with Romney promising that, if elected, he would deliver on them to unleash the full potential of the U.S. economy.

Taking questions from the press following his event, Romney responded to allegations from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that he has not been paying his taxes, reiterating his call for Reid to "put up or shut up."

"Harry, who are your sources? Let's have Harry explain who that is," Romney said.

The candidate said firmly, "I have paid taxes every year, and a lot of taxes, so Harry is wrong."

Asked to weigh in on a pair of culture clashes within the GOP - the growing debate about Chick-fil-A, and its president's opposition to same-sex marriage, and Rep. Michele Bachmann's effort to find Muslim extremists within the federal government - Romney demurred.

"I'm not going to tell other people what things to talk about. Those are not things that are part of my campaign," Romney said.

CNN's Shawna Shepherd and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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soundoff (193 Responses)
  1. MaryM

    The stock markets likes the jobs report. You lose mittens

    August 3, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. gramma nance

    STIFF MITT...Obama not moral? Reallly? You have made a fool of yourself in Europe and will NEVER beat Obama, with all his charm, across the ocean. Come to think of it...you won't be Obama on THIS side of the pond either!

    August 3, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Governor 47th In Job Creation (Excluding Off-shored to China and India)

    Such a moral failure that the stocket market has shot up today on the better than expected jobs figures.
    Give it up hammered Mitt the twit.
    Release. Your. Taxes. Now.

    August 3, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. sonny chapman

    Moral Failure ? When I hear Fat Cat Repub. politicians use that term to describe their opposition & I think,"Have these people no shame"?

    August 3, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  5. Seriously?

    Hiding your money overseas is a moral failure Robmey. Stop hiding your taxes and come clean to the American people.

    August 3, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  6. rs

    daniel-

    Easy- Outsourcing jobs, shipping factories overseas, using "creative destruction" to return companies to "profitability", leveraging loans greater than the value of a company, raiding employee pension plans are examples of economic behavior which probably on the face of it legal. They are however immoral.
    Taxing the poor, wrecking Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to provide the super-rich with more tax cuts. Legal, but not moral.

    August 3, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Buckeye

    Governor 47th In Job Creation (Excluding Off-shored to China and India)

    Not paying one's fair share of taxes while a war is taking place is a moral failure. Taking people's jobs and pensions so you can create more wealth for yourself and hide said wealth overseas while your country is fighting a war started under false pretenses by a cabinet whom you have raided for your own soon to be failed presidential run is a moral failure. Consistently lying: to become governor of MA, lying about Romneycare, lying about statements that you said (and captured on video) is a moral failure and most unbecoming of a Mormon. Hiding from your wife's "lifelong dream" because it is poor optics showing you to be the out of touch elitist that you are is a moral failure. Splicing comments to make hack political ads is a moral failure.
    Willard Romney is a moral failure.

    BRAVO! Couldn't have said it better.

    August 3, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. California Gary

    You know how in those old westerns there would always be a "snake oil" salesman roll into town and tell everyone his bottle of magic "medicine" will cure whatever ails them? In today's world, that guy is Mitt Romney and we need to run him out of town just like they always did in those old movies.

    August 3, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    "Moral Failure"? That's coded language for something that independents and moderates do not understand.

    August 3, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. retnav

    WOW! If these comments are representative of those following CNN, then I understand why CNN has fallen so far! Oh, how the mighty have fallen!

    August 3, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. bxgrrl

    How can a guy who lies every chance he gets criticize what he alleges is a "moral failure?" If there's any moral failure here, BTW, Mr. 1%, it's the failure of your own party to do anything but the bidding of your very rich owners.

    August 3, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. AgeofInsanity

    The only moral failure is RoMoney not releasing his tax returns.

    August 3, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. Wake up people

    The fact that he is flat out refusing the request of the very people he wants to govern speaks volumes to me. There IS something there and he knows it. But it really doesn't matter. The common folk that are voting for him would vote for Lucifer before President Obama so why not release them? The dirt poor inbred hicks with a tooth or two in their mouths and living off the govment' would be the first ones in line to vote for Willard.

    Show us the taxes Willard and prove Senator Reid is lying.

    OBAMA 2012!

    August 3, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  14. AgeofInsanity

    Hiding your money overseas is a moral failure Robmey. Stop hiding your taxes and come clean to the American people.

    August 3, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  15. drake mallard

    From Draft Dodging to War Mongering Mitt Romney is George W. Bush

    Mitt Romney was in favour of the war in Vietnam, but was too chicken to
    fight in it. He had his little pro war sign, and was happy to see
    other people be sent and get killed, but wouldn't go himself

    like father like son

    while the middle and lower class of America sent their sons and daughters off to war during the past 10 years…. a war started by Republicans…. NOT EVEN ONE of these 5 Romney son’s (all who were of military service age) served their nation during that time frame. No, not even one!

    August 3, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. ObamaCares

    Most conservative twits seem to forget that Beohnere and the t-tards ran in 2101 on job creation, that they knew how to create jobs. Question is, where is their creation? President Obama can't do it alone.

    August 3, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. AgeofInsanity

    Such a moral failure that the stocket market has shot up today on the better than expected jobs figures.
    Give it up hammered Mitt the twit.
    Release. Your. Taxes. Now.

    August 3, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. pchelp, Juneau, AK

    Romney is right-it is a failure of leadership. But the failure comes from Congress and more specifically from GOP Congressmen who stalemate any proposals that might be effective. Let Obama implement what he thinks should be implemented-then, if it isn't effective, I'll vote for Romney. But as long as the GOP is preventing the government from doing anything to improve the economy I'll be damned if I'll vote for them.

    August 3, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  19. rs

    Kris-

    Birth Certificate-released. Education records protected by FERPA (Google it if you can). When republican candidates are asked for all the "proof" Mr. Obama has, I'll believe that this is a sincere concern. Until they, Mr. Romney can get asked for anything thanks to the tomfoolery of the GOP and their Birthers.

    August 3, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  20. Jim Brody

    Romney is a moral failure. What kind of religion would have this greed-head as a bishop?

    August 3, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  21. s.positive

    romney should zip it...

    August 3, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. AgeofInsanity

    STIFF MITT...Obama not moral? Reallly? You have made a fool of yourself in Europe and will NEVER beat Obama, with all his charm, across the ocean. Come to think of it...you won't be Obama on THIS side of the pond either!

    Such a moral failure that the stocket market has shot up today on the better than expected jobs figures.
    Give it up hammered Mitt the twit.
    Release. Your. Taxes. Now.

    Moral Failure ? When I hear Fat Cat Repub. politicians use that term to describe their opposition & I think,"Have these people no shame"?

    Hiding your money overseas is a moral failure Robmey. Stop hiding your taxes and come clean to the American people.

    August 3, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. American People

    The American People think off-shoring jobs is a moral failure Mitt. The American People think that having off-shore accounts that evade taxes is a moral failure Mitt. The American People want to see your tax returns for the last 20 years to see who the real "moral failure" is. What are you hiding Mitt? Put up or STFU Mitt.

    August 3, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. Squigman

    Take a moral stance, specially if you have no answers. You (Mitt), have no plans except sending jobs overseas. Your answer to all ills in the nation, is to pamper the wealthy, while punishing the poor. As long as people like you are looked upon as leaders, we'll be a nation of those with and those without. The shame of it all. People believe lies, and shun the truth.

    August 3, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  25. Fair is Fair

    "Such a moral failure that the stocket market has shot up today on the better than expected jobs figures.'
    -------
    When the bar has been set as low as it has been under this president, a step backwards is considered "better than expected".

    August 3, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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