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. AgeofInsanity

    Moral failure is using your horse as a medical tax deduction.

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

    He won't take a stand on anything unless there's a flop-flip. Morality is doing what is right even when no body is watching, where is your morality Mittie?

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

    MittWitt is a moral failure. Hiding his money in offshore accounts instead of investing in America. Stop being a coward and release your tax returns. What are you hiding – could it be that you paid no taxes for 10 years, paychecks from Bain after 1999, even more offshore accounts, and how much were you able to contribute to your IRA to have a 100 million dollar account – $6,000 is the limiit for yearly contributions. Willard is just so sneaky and dishonest.

    August 3, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. TexDoc

    The government can NOT create a job. It can only take money from one person and hire another. Then the first person doesn't have the money to buy goods and services, so jobs are lost. There is no free lunch. Government needs to get out of the way and let the economy grow, less regulation and more certainity will provide job growth.

    August 3, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. 6km North of GZero

    Moral failure? When the media looks at other moral failures, will your campaign bleat in protest?

    August 3, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Thats a waste of time

    Mitt could hear that 2 million jobs weere created and he would still find fault in it. It is his job, it is what his handlers tell him to say. He has no real thoughts of his own... when he does, his handlers make corrections and have him come back out and say that the media misrepresented his words. He is like a robot... a robot that needs to have his wires fixed.

    August 3, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. Seriously?

    People who live in glass houses should not throw stones mittens......

    August 3, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Russ

    The more this dude says the more I don't like him. I think the only ones who really dig this drivel are the hard core sarah palin loving types.

    August 3, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. Harry's Unnamed Source

    I could get excited about adding 163,000 jobs if we didn't lose 195,000 during the same period.

    August 3, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. Formed Dem

    Obama has been doing everything but the main thing the country needs, JOBS!!! He has been campaining this whole year and hasnt met with his jobs council NOT ONCE this year!!!!! We are sick of this guy and want Romney to turn this Obama Chicago style economy around.

    August 3, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. vote the Tea Party Out in 2012

    ok so added over 100,000 jobs in a month after added far less the past two months is a failure? Tell that to the peiople who were hired during that time Mitt. I always thought that a negative jobs number was a failure...silly me!

    August 3, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. Hiruu

    Well, we can't discuss the number, so let us look at the pattern...lol...Mitt, you had better hope the next 3 months don't see numebrs like this, or you will lose by near double digits.

    August 3, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. BG

    How do we know what the right answer is? obama shifts the numbers around, this was evident when it was brought out that there was a lag in the correct numbers, which were always worse than cnn and the obama camp reported.

    We do know obama is a record on national television LIAR, romney doesn't need to point out obama failures, they are on tv everyday

    August 3, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  14. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    Mitt lied to Mass when running for governor saying he had ALWAYS submitted taxes as Mass resident insisting over and over for months -when they actually looked at taxes he had registered as Utah resident for several years-he said it was someone elses fault-HE LIED and GOT CAUGHT Release your taxes Mitt the Twit-You MORAL FAILUIRE!!!!

    August 3, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. Me IN HOUSTON

    moral failure? what about Congress? The president is not ruling by executive order. He needs congress, but whatever....how was that euro trip again?

    August 3, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  16. Buckeye

    "When the bar has been set as low as it has been under this president, a step backwards is considered "better than expected".

    This falls in line with most GOTP shallow thinkers posts where defeat is admitted, often times beginning with the justification "At least......" Bottom line: My 401k is doing so much better under Obama than it did under Bush; and Mitt the twit wants to go Bush on 'roids. Pass.
    Btw, you're smart enough to know that more people rejoining the quest for labor is a good thing. You're also smart enough to know that consecutive months of positive growth is better than losing 750k a month like your boy Bush was doing. Don't be deliberately obtuse, you're better than that.

    August 3, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  17. George

    Mr. Obama is only interested in one job, his own. He has demonstrated that he will say and do virtually anything to get re-elected. It's obvious that he has does NOT know how to stimulate the economy and get this country working again. Moreover, a continuation of his policies will drive this country, resulting in over $5 trillion in deficit spending, will be ruinous..

    August 3, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. kramer

    So Our President Obama continuing to ADD American Jobs for 30 straight months after correcting the disastrous Economy handed to him by RepubliCons that was LOSING 750,000 Jobs per MONTH – is somehow a "Moral Failure"..!??

    Does this mean that Rmoney and Republicons only find it "moral" to continue Exporting American Jobs for even more Profits for Them..!??

    August 3, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. Doug in NYC

    Moral failure as in NOT paying taxes, Moral failture as in LYING about when you left Bain, Moral failure as in LYING to the Mass. Board of Elections so you could run for Governor, Moral failure as in running away to France to dodge the draft while activily support it, Moral failure as in outsourcing jobs, Moral failure as in not reporting your offshore accounts.....face it Willard RobMe is a LIAR and FRAUD, and a MORAL FAILURE!

    August 3, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. George

    Mr. Obama is only interested in one job, his own. He has demonstrated that he will say and do virtually anything to get re-elected. It's obvious that he does NOT know how to stimulate the economy and get this country working again. Moreover, a continuation of his policies will drive this country, resulting in over $5 trillion in deficit spending, will be ruinous..

    August 3, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. B

    The state of Massachusetts being 47th out of 50th in the nation for job creation under your stewardship as governor Mr. Romney is a huge, colossal, unmitigated moral failure!

    August 3, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. Karm99

    Who writes Mitt's stuff?

    At least choose a word other than "Moral", say like economic failure.

    Here you are hiding information about your finance and not releasing your tax returns and you accuse Obama?

    Mitt, I just don't get you. Either you are the most out of touch person to ever run for office, or you are dumber than a rock.

    Either way, you are going to lose in November, those tax returns are going to be your demise.

    August 3, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  23. George

    Mr. Obama is only interested in one job, his own. He has demonstrated that he will say and do virtually anything to get re-elected. It's obvious that he does NOT know how to stimulate the economy and get this country working again. Moreover, a continuation of his policies, resulting in over $5 trillion in deficit spending in only 3.5 years, will be ruinous..

    August 3, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. Iconoclast

    For Mitt to even introduce the word "moral" into his political conversations, like his tax returns, just dooms his campaign. Can't wait for the debates, that is of course if he doesn't weasel out on that as well!

    August 3, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  25. Age of Fools...

    "why" are Dems so hung-up on Romney's money..? This man Romney Had what it takes and along the way made lots of money...paid taxes and the rest is his to do as he pleases...hiding it, banking-it overseas...or whatever...Harry Reid and the rest of Dems...stop being such sour-grapes....Your are knocking-down the American Dream of success..."Shame"...............

    August 3, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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