Romney casts dark cloud over Democrats' convention high
September 8th, 2012
05:43 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney casts dark cloud over Democrats' convention high

(CNN) – Mitt Romney capitalized on a sobering conclusion to Democrats’ convention high Saturday, painting the party as “completely out of ideas” with an inadequate leader in light of Friday's disappointing job report.

In his weekly podcast, Romney used August’s lackluster job numbers as evidence the weak economy has not improved under President Barack Obama, leaving the incumbent undeserving of a second term in the White House.

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August’s jobs report, released the day after Obama accepted his party’s re-nomination at the Democratic National Convention, showed the unemployment rate falling to 8.1% as more workers withdrew from the labor market, and only 96,000 jobs created - not enough to keep up with the population entering the workforce.

“They tried to recapture the spirit of 2008, when then-candidate Obama stood in front of Greek columns and made a lot of promises about how he'd make life better for Americans,” said Romney, referring to Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention nomination acceptance speech at Invesco Field in Denver, Colorado.

“He was elected, but things did not get better. Under President Obama, we've endured the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression,” said Romney pointing to the nation’s unemployment rate above eight percent and highlighting the rising national debt.

No president has been elected with an unemployment rate over 8% since Franklin D. Roosevelt took office during the Great Depression. And with only two more jobs reports to come before November's election, Romney urged viewers to consider a change of course.

“I'm asking you to vote for the ticket that's offering real solutions for the middle class, with a plan to create 12 million jobs over the next four years,” said Romney. “A weak economy and unprecedented debt may be the best President Obama can do – but it is not the best America can do.”

But Obama and Democrats have continued to urge voters the president's work is yet to be done, promising brighter economic forecasts and attacking the Republican candidate as bad for struggling, middle-class Americans.

"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," Obama said casting a positive light on the jobs report while campaigning in Iowa Friday.

Obama continued: "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."

CNN White House Producer Becky Brittain contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Jobs • Mitt Romney
soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. Pete

    Remember those dark clouds will blow away just like Romneys favorbility after the debates and there's always a rainbow after it rains.Look positive Democrates,the proof is in the Obama pudding,isn't it!!

    September 8, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Cam Spurgeon

    This man thinks nothing of this country or his money would be in US Banks, not overseas tax shelters. He thinks we are all such fools he doesn't have to open up his taxes. Well go buy your own country somewhere else. This one is not for sale.

    September 8, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  3. Pete

    And remember what Romney said about your republican idiot Hoover,he created that Great Depression and it took a democratic Pres.Roosevelt 12 years to straighten up that catastrophe...Republicans = losers,all the time...

    September 8, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. BCInNV

    Can't believe this guy; he has the brass to tell our troops they aren't good enough (he will rebuild the military might, like we don't have it already), and then goes on to say this $#@! Shut up Romney!!! I want to punch you in the face

    September 8, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  5. 1twinsfan

    In late '08 and well into '09, we were losing appx 800k jobs a month! Now we've had month after month after month of job growth. My family was very lucky and believe me, I count my blessings every day. Neither myself nor my husband lost our jobs. So yes, we are better off now than we were four years ago. And because we want that for our fellow Americans, we're voting for Obama.

    September 8, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. needNewGov

    What Obama is offering is to keep slogging through this. All he needs is the GOP to help not hinder as they have done. or if he does at least he doesn't seem to want to tell us. Romney will only do what his handlers tell him to do I'm sure that the Koch brothers don't want America to hear those ideas quite yet.

    September 8, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. T'sah From Virginia

    ►“He was elected, but things did not get better. Under President Obama, we've endured the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression,”◄

    Romney cannot cast a dark shadow over NOTHING – When you LIE, Flip-Flop and try to Etch-A-Sketch your past, that is the biggest dark shadow ever under God's eyes. His statement above does not make sense – he chose to put "RECOVERY" and GREAT DEPRESSION in the same sentence and that's exactly what happened – President Obama did RECOVER us from heading towards another GREAT DEPRESSION.....Period!!! If the "do-nothing" Congress worked with President Obama a little more instead of trying to make him a "one-term" President, MILLIONS of jobs would have been filled and the national unemployment rate would be 7.5 or LESS!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!!!!

    September 8, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  8. AgrippaMT

    It's clear to most Americans that the reason President Obama hasn't been able to do more is because of the Republican controlled House and the closely split Senate. It's clear to us, but obviously not to Mittens Rawmoney. He's perfectly willing to join his fellow Republicans in doing great harm to America for the sake of getting elected. It won't work.

    September 8, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  9. Name

    And the 50% wonders why the other 50% derides them and their dog whistle politics.

    September 8, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  10. Ancient Texan

    "We've added more than 4.6 million jobs"......But there are 300,000 less people working now than when he took office and the lowest number of people working now than at any time since 1983...Something doesn't compute.

    September 8, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  11. Chipster

    Dark cloud? Romney doesn't have enough spit to create a dark cloud! President Obama has kept dozens of his promises and, if Romney believes that positive job growth for more than 2 years isn't better than losing ~700,000+ jobs per month in the final months of 2008, we can only conclude that Romney is seriously math-impaired. Obama Promises Kept: ended the war in Iraq, pursued the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11, ordered operations to kill or capture Al Qaeda leaders (Bin Laden is dead), restored the GI Bill for our veterans, improved supplies of body armor for our troops, provided better health care for our troops (brain injury and PTSD), and passed a comprehensive health care program that has already begun to close the donut hole for seniors, ended pre-existing condition discrimination, allowed parents to keep their children on their health plans until they finish college and can afford their own insurance...... please Romney/Ryan, stop the bald-face lies. If you can't win with the truth, then you need to re-evaluate your positions.

    September 8, 2012 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  12. namryan

    And yet, not a single idea by Mr. You're on your own! We are all in this together Mr. Romney!

    September 8, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  13. carrotroot

    My overall feeling is that, YES, we are doing better today than we were when Obama first took office. Under Obama's watch the economy has slowly improved, our standing in the world has improved, and he has been successful in fighting terrorism. I see no reason to change course.

    September 8, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  14. Rick 7809

    Mitt, you forget that the republican house has done nothing to help with job creation for 4 years. Now we are supposed to trust you that you have a magic plan to create 12 million jobs? Give us some specifics Mitt, I am not sure I believe you.

    September 8, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  15. CanadaONE

    wait until you see his tax returns – TALK ABOUT A DARK CLOUD

    ask him how much money he has in the Cayman Islands and Swiss back accounts

    it is planned to come out just before the election

    yes dark clouds – thunder storms – and huricane....

    his NEW Name will be "ROB-ME

    September 8, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  16. Naomi Rouse-Kugel

    Nothing Obama has done is GOOD ENOUGH for the GOP. I just sent an e-letter to the First Family, basically saying: "The jobs report might be disappointing, but at least we're moving FORWARD, and it's because of YOU (Barack). On behalf of my self, my family & friends, we simply adore you and your family, and we're all working hard to ensure that you stay put for the next four years."
    No one gives a crap about what the liars (Romney & Ryan) have to say. They're OLD NEWS. They're hypocrites, working for the $$$ and professing that they're leading "Christian" lives, but their actual values are completely deterrent to a loving, peaceful society.
    Give it up, for the President of America: Barack Obama!!!!!!
    Just so you know: NO ONE WITH A BRAIN BELIEVES ANYTHING YOU SAY. YOU'RE A TOTAL BUNCH OF LOOO-HOOO-HOOO-HOOOO-ZERS!

    September 8, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  17. Debra from Atlanta

    We are still high off the best convention. Show his tax return and we we will get higher

    September 8, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  18. n

    Romney sound real desperate with his pie in the sky 12 million jobs in four years fantasy. He is that shameless coward that in order to build himself up, he have to knock the next person down. He knows that, not a one, trust him or like's him . . . Ok, let's be real here, Romney is so lame, he is willing to let his self be used by the right, who detest the very air he breaths , just to spite this president. Romney has no core, he is willing to be their puppet, what a sad state of affair.

    September 8, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  19. gt

    good dad...husband...terrible president..

    September 8, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  20. Townie

    We cannot afford to double down on trickle down... Sorry Mr. Romney, but your job application has been rejected... there is a better candidate!

    September 8, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  21. Gurgyl

    This idiot is in dark age, ver pathetic idiot I feel pity on this nation destroyer.

    September 8, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  22. jahi

    when is Mr Romney going to tell American people about his plan to lead this country forward. he cannot because his plan will destroy the middle class. ROMNEY /RYAN THESE MEN HAS NO PLAN. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!

    September 8, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  23. Jerubbaal

    Has he seen the latest polling data. The Amdrican voters have had a good look at Romney/Ryan and we say no thanks. We have seen this movie before and we know how it ends. We will stay with the POTUS who has done the heavy lifting already, saving, the econ from depression, the auto indvstry, unnecessary deaths in Iraq, killing Bin Laden and most importantly putting a stop to the bleeding of 800,000 jobs a month.

    September 8, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  24. David

    The Sky-is-Falling Romney, instead constantly whining about how bad he thinks things are, should have concentrated more on providing concrete alternatives as to how he will help move forward the economy/ create jobs that he claims he is interested in doing, even though he has no experience in job creating. Aren't real business people optimistic and forward thinking, offering plans and not whines? His approach is not customer-friendly. His pitch is a downer.

    At the Republican convention of complaints, Romney made no effort to offer any specifics or any plans he may have in mind. He just whined. And whined. And continues to whine. Whining can only get you so far. The unemployment rate is almost below 8%, so most likely Romney will shift his whining about something else or move the bar. He has never made an effort to lead his own Republican elected members in Congress to get them to pass a jobs bill or anything else proposed by Obama/the Democrats. He just whines.

    The country is better not just because Obama helped create over 4.5 million jobs, but it improved in other areas: national security is better since Obama located and captured Bin Laden; Obama also ended the Iraq War and is bringing to a close the Afghanistan War; both wars were started by Bush and were unfunded, adding to the deficit. And Obama has helped provide millions access to affordable health care. What planet or parallel universe has Romney been residing in... Compare the whining and back -to-the-future policies that filled the Repubican convention with the stirring motivational talks and riveting success stories of individuals that filled the Democratic convention and you will get an idea of which person and party can better move forward this country.

    September 8, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  25. deb

    DNC out of ideas? Really? I watched the RNC-I heard NO IDEAS!!! Just political rhetoric....same old RNC!!

    September 8, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
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