Obama's jobs message to Iowans
September 7th, 2012
09:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama's jobs message to Iowans

Iowa City, Iowa (CNN) - On the first day of campaigning after his speech to the Democratic National Convention, President Obama attempted to keep the post-convention momentum going with a rally on the campus of the University of Iowa.

He continued to push his economic message of what he calls "two fundamentally different visions" for the middle class.

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"I don't believe that another round of tax breaks for millionaires will bring good jobs back to our shores or pay down our deficit," Obama said. "I sure don't think firing teachers or kicking students off of financial aid is somehow going to grow our economy or help us compete with scientists and engineers that are coming out of China."

The president said the new unemployment rate of 8.1% in August was progress but more work needed to be done.

"Today we learned that after losing 800,000 jobs a month when I took office, businesses added jobs for the 30th month in a row. We've added more than 4.6 million jobs," he said.

"But we know that that's not good enough. We can do better. We need to create jobs even faster. We need to fill the hole left by this recession. We need to come out of this crisis stronger than when we went in."

But the unemployment rate in Iowa is 5.3%, the lowest of any battleground state and well below the national average. According to the Obama campaign, more than 9,000 jobs in Iowa were saved by the auto bailout. The auto industry accounts for less than 4% of the state's work force.

President Obama was joined by his wife, Michelle, Vice President Joe Biden, and Jill Biden for the day, which also included an earlier stop in New Hampshire. His stop in Iowa City was his 8th trip to Iowa since the beginning of the year, and his third in the last week and a half.

His Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, was also in both Iowa and New Hampshire on Friday, and hit Obama over his handling of the economy.

"This president tried, but he didn't understand what it takes to make our economy work," Romney said in Orange City, Iowa. "I do. I will use that experience to get Americans to work again."


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  1. ThinkAgain: Mittens 'n' Munster are Liars

    Mittens: "This president tried, but he didn't understand what it takes to make our economy work," Romney said in Orange City, Iowa. "I do. I will use that experience to get Americans to work again."

    Mittens will do to the US what he did at Bain; that's all he knows. Here it is in black and white if Mittens is elected POTUS:

    1. Make millions breaking up American companies, laying off American workers and outsourcing American jobs.

    2. Give more tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires so they can continue using the extra cash to create jobs overseas where labor is cheap and environmental regulations don't exist.

    3. Let the foreclosure crisis play itself out, so folks can lose their biggest investment, and "deserving" investors can buy up their houses cheap and then rent them back to the original owners.

    4. De-regulate the financial industry, knowing that the market always "corrects" itself.

    5. Don't invest in infrastructure, education or renewable energy; instead, give that money to the rich in terms of further tax cuts (see above as to what happens to that extra cash).

    6. Start a war with Iran, because we all know that a healthy bottom line for the military industrial complex is all that really matters.

    You want that, America? That, along with a woman losing the freedom to do what she wants with her own body? That, along with appointing a Supreme Court Justice or two whose rulings will make Citizens United look like the good old days?

    If you want to go back to the GOP's economic, military and foreign policies that are all PROVEN FAILURES, then vote for Mittens 'n' Munster.

    If you want to continue moving forward with policies that WORK, then vote Obama/Biden 2012 (along with Democratic majorities in the House and Senate).

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    September 7, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  2. no name

    Koch Brothers why is 100 Billion not enough. So you are able to get together 32 billionaires to put money for the future president – President Romney. I am convince that you are playing this game not to hurt Obama but to set in place a standard for the future for your friends and family and notice to the republican party that they better do what you want or you will do what you have done to Mr Obama. You and your friends have deliberately held back hiring. But what most people do not know that you cannot hold off for too long or it will start affecting your bottom line. You cannot afford to have President Obama in power not because he cannot do a great job but the taxes that he will increase on you and your friends is money you would normally use to win friends and influence people. Koch brothers you are good at what you do but there is something call universe justice- you spit in the sky and it will fall back in your face. You have only hired about 50 thousand Americans so what good are you influencing Americans. You have no influence on the American people. You should have hired 100 thousand Americans and you would have squeeze them through you little fingers with your influence. But by keeping your hiring rate so small and earning 100 billions and reinvesting minimal amount of human resorces back in to the economy you have no influence on the American people but you need then to still buy buy buy buy. All Americans have to do is look up your products on that little thing call the computer and stop buy buy buy buy and your family will start getting poor poor poor poor. America this is your test. Vote Vote Vote Vote and see how much you can make this company that hire fewer and fewer Americans become poor poor poor. Let the Koch borthers fret fret fret as they have made you wade through the mud of diberate sofocation of a country. I am not saying President Obama is without blame but he received no help. You cannot invide someone to a BBQ when they tell their freinds not to go. And Michelle Obama if there is function that you should go that the Koch brothers are do not turn away look them in the eye and smile because what goes around comes around. America be strong there is somethning bigger that all of us and that is universe justice. May God bless the good people of America and those who work hard regardless of who is in power to make her well. You are suffering Americans but with suffering comes great joy that you have not compromised yourself to 32 people with money who in one phone call can put most of America back to work – trickle down enonomics does not work the people with the money are showing you now that it does not work and they are holding the economy hostage.

    September 7, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  3. tee1227

    Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), a conservative firebrand known for taking controversial positions on a variety of issues, picked up an endorsement from GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Friday, a move that drew a quick response from an Obama campaign seeking to paint its opponent as an advocate for antiquated policies.

    September 7, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  4. valwayne

    Those student in Iowa had better go look at today's terrible terrible jobs report. Obama's policies and Presidency have been a total disaster. We have the worst UNEMPLOYMENT since the Great Depression after nearly 4 years of Obama, and today's UNEMPLOYMENT report showed its getting worse and we are headed back into recession. In Aug only 96,000 low paying service jobs were created – 41,000 jobs that were reported, but not really created in June and July. Then for every low paying job created 4 Americans gave up looking for work to go onto disabilty or welfarle and foodstamps. These University students better hope that Obama tries to buy their votes by promising to do away with their student loan debt because if Obama gets 4 more years many of them may never work the rest of their lives.

    September 7, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  5. tee1227

    Bad move by Mitt Speaking at a campaign event in King's 5th Congressional District, Romney excitedly expressed his support for the 5-term congressman.

    "I'm looking here at Steve King," Romney said, according to BuzzFeed. "He needs to be your Congressman again. I want him as my partner in Washington!"

    September 7, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  6. maltesefalconx9

    It's the war, stupid. That effects the economy.

    September 7, 2012 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  7. annieL

    I didn't think "creating jobs" was the first priority of Bain Capital. I thought it was making millions for himself and Bain investors, anyway he could. But I will say this for him, if he put private investors' money at risk when he bought and managed those companies, that's better than continuing all the corporate welfare we taxpayers have been doling out, in the form of all kinds of tax breaks, subsidies, free worker training, government-supported research and development, below-market financing, overseas marketing and "trade missions," ad nauseum. If Romney would cut out all those handouts to business and make them create jobs on private capital alone, I might vote for him. But of course he won't.

    September 7, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  8. maltesefalconx9

    It's the war, intelligensia. That effects the economy.

    September 7, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  9. maltesefalconx9

    I think that Mr Romney is incorrect when he states that Pres. O'Bama doesn't understand the economy at all.
    It is too bad that Romney's understanding of finance couldn't be combined somehow with Mr O'Bama's rapport with the workers to create some kind of comprehensive solution.

    September 7, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  10. libertyislife

    No, Obama, you can't do better because you don't know how; you have had no corporate/business experience and have no idea how businesses in America are run. You know nothing about economics, absolutely nothing, and you do not know how to select your economic advisers. You have borrowed so much money that our deficit has gone up so much on your watch. The great great grandchildren will still be paying off this debt our nation owes and will be wondering what idiots lived in these obama years. You have showed that you do not respect God or Christianity by throwing the Catholic Church under the bus with your Mandate and leaving God out of your party's platform at the beginning, along with insulting the Jews all over this world. The newspapers in almost all countries wrote about this voting three times to include God and Jerusalem in your platform and none of the articles were favorable to you. You have made America weak. You need to retire and go back to Hawii with your family. You lie too much and are too arrogant. You do speak well and people like you, but they also like Mickey Mouse. Liking a person does not make for a good leader of this country. Please leave mainland American after you are defeated.

    September 7, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  11. paulstewart2

    So, what is the new definition of insanity?

    1. Believing Republicans are helping Pres. Obama getting America's recovery going?
    2. Believing Republican shape shifting ideology trumps working together?
    3. Believing Obama should own Bush et al's Armageddon of 4.5 million bombed out jobs?
    4. Believing Republican propaganda that is the problem; Mitt, and the Republicans, the solution?
    5. Believing Obama incompetent because he can't handle Armageddon in a timely manner? Republicans are more quickly able to handle this, their own Armageddon?
    6. Believing Obama is too slow with job creation; because if Republicans can lose jobs at 750 thousand per month, Obama is slacking by recovering much slower?
    7. Believing you can stock pile thwarted jobs for after an election?
    8. Believing that Mitt Believes in America? See link below
    9. Believing the Republican's alternate reality and history. And a single set of foot prints are your own (see the remaining set of footprints at the RNC)?

    Or is it all of the above? You decide!

    If you are grounded in facts and reality, where ever you are, when you look up – you will see Obama..... Obama believes in America, does Romney? Or is Mitt really just becoming the new definition of "pirate"?

    http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/12903382-michele-obama-and-bill-clinton-lay-out-at-the-rnc-just-how-much-obama-believes-in-america-does-mitt-romney-believe-in-america-or-something-else?clear_cache=true

    September 8, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  12. T'sah From Virginia

    ►"This president tried, but he didn't understand what it takes to make our economy work,"◄
    Hmm, maybe it would have been better if President Obama's Congress wasn't a bunch of JERKS!!
    ►"I do. I will use that experience to get Americans to work again."◄
    Yea, right – NO PROOF you created jobs and now you want us to believe "Multiple Choice" YOU and Paul LYAN???

    I will stick to HOPE instead of being DOPED by RobMe/Lyan!!

    Obama/Biden 2012 – The ONLY Trusted Way Forward!!

    September 8, 2012 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  13. Desmond, a Canadian

    Take it from an outsider: Check the TOTAL facts. If the US is smart and honest, you will re-elect OBAMA.

    September 8, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  14. craigles

    Why can't Romney tell us his plan for the economy? Because he doesn't have a plan, just lies & distortions. He's not going to win. America is better off than it was 3 yrs & 8 mos ago. The facts are there plus Romney is just too strange.

    September 8, 2012 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  15. Andrew

    Ask yourself how many jobs bills the f@#%ing GOP stopped.

    September 8, 2012 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  16. Barr. Viag

    Romney will realy wish the American economy gets worse before the November election. It is the GOP strategy. It is the only thing they have got through their deliberate plots to see Obama's job creating plans are blocked in the House. Thereby punishing Americans

    September 8, 2012 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  17. BeverlyNC

    The economy and jobs are important and we have had President Obama working on both since the day he took office. However, the President is not a dictator and Congress makes laws. This Republican Congress made the unpatriotic decision to betray the People and obstruct and destroy every single piece of legislation presented to them – especially every one for Jobs, Infrastructure, Housing Recovery, Education and Job training. Republican Senate Leader McConnell stood before the press in 2009 and declared his "sole goal is to destroy Obama" and since then McConnell has used the filibuster the most times in our nation's history so no bills could even be debated much less voted on. If you don't like the economy and the job numbers, look to the Republicans who intentionally worked for America to fail for this very moment of sick political lies and false blame.
    Romney and Ryan terrify me for they have no true plans, solutions, and have made lying their Party' single consistent policy. I believe character, integrity, vision, leadership, and a true dedication to serve ALL Americans are the most critical job qualifications for President. I have seen that in action, not words, by President Obama.I have seen all his accomplishments that were ALL done for to benefit the People – from healthcare for all, women's rights, veterans' rights, protection of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security and a fight to make education a priority for every child. Without an obstructionist Congress, the solutions of President Obama for jobs, infrastructure, ending wars, working on the deficit in a balanced way is the best possible connection of character of a leader and actual solutions that bring back jobs and recovery for everyone. I only see that in President Obama and it is why I support him completely.

    September 8, 2012 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  18. Griff.

    "Have you ever seen such a face in your life?? He looks like a Baracuda, that just lost it's meal!"

    September 8, 2012 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  19. Bob

    GOP might as well hope for their new next-in-line deli ticket holder in 2016.

    September 8, 2012 03:14 am at 3:14 am |
  20. J.V.Hodgson

    Time for both sides to stop speeching only and get specific on jobs especially.
    The Romney critique is nice Rhetoric but meaningless, I quote:-
    "The president tried but he does not understand what makes our economy work."
    " I do. I will use that experience to get Americans to work again."
    Not a single word about HOW. And before he replies he'd better demonstrate is MBA skills by reflecting in his answer that Businesses work within the economic environment they contribute to the Economy whether large or small and they both "need a market and consumers."
    So when he tells me he can create 250,000 jobs a month for 4 years ( 12m) I am hearing empty words HOW. What is the magic bullet half the world cannot find while we are in a global recession, That shows no signs of letting up.
    I have answers and policies from Obama and just words of critique and self praise from Romney.
    Get real pundits and media start asking him How and why? All of us Americans want to know his big secret and we need to know now!
    Regards,
    Hodgson.
    PS If he does get elected I will start counting the 12m down from day one like a debt clock!

    September 8, 2012 03:15 am at 3:15 am |
  21. simonacha

    mr obama is a man 4 people is a farther 4 children we love his workig

    September 8, 2012 03:37 am at 3:37 am |
  22. FedUp

    Have you noticed lately, that the media is portraying him as serious? None of the smiling, arrogant poses that usually are seen. Gee, he may be serious enough about getting re-elected to even stay in the White House for a month. Only problem is that he won't stay that way. too bad.

    September 8, 2012 03:42 am at 3:42 am |
  23. Guest

    "The president said the new unemployment rate of 8.1% in August was progress but more work needed to be done."

    He does know that the rate went down because over 400,000 people gave up looking for work and left the work force right? The economy added 96,000 jobs, population growth requires 150,000 per month. That's 54,000 more in the hole. That's the opposite of progress.

    September 8, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  24. GI Joe

    July 13, 2012
    The Senate broke the stride of the Obama administration's hoped-for march toward new tax breaks for small-business owners on July 12.

    In what Democrats characterized as a partisan effort, the Senate, in a 53-to-44 vote, defeated a proposed 10-percent tax break in the Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act that would have encouraged new hires. The outcome of the final vote was largely attributed to a Republican-led filibuster. The bill needed 60 votes to survive the Senate.

    A Political Football
    Elliott Richardson, president and executive director of the nonprofit Small Business Advocacy Council (an association with 540 small-business members), says the vote is "emblematic of what goes on in Washington when it comes to small businesses."

    "Primarily, we're used as a political football," he adds. "You get a shot at a 10-percent tax break, and it's just a shame that political folks on both sides of the aisle can't come together and do the right thing."

    What Could Have Been
    Had it passed, the Act stood to create as many as 1 million jobs,

    September 8, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  25. WiredweirdinSF

    The message is don't worry the corrupt unions, dope addicts and welfare frauds will steal this election again like they did 4 years ago and I will have 4 more years to punish those people who work, pay taxes and take personal responsibilty for their lives. You can see by yesterdays job numbers that I am succeeding in the destruction of this country.

    September 8, 2012 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
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