Romney casts dark cloud over Democrats' convention high
September 8th, 2012
05:43 PM ET
6 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. upwardquest

    Romney is the one who is out-of-touch, unenlightened, living in the dark, and completely wrong!
    Thank you, President Obama, for helping me keep my home. I am voting for YOU! I LOVE BARACK OBAMA!

    September 8, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. Proud American

    Mitt Romeny 2012. Real solutions for America. Someone who has the exprience, knowledge and talents to lead forward.

    September 8, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  3. Bob

    If the pure facts are presented Obama promised many things during his campaign in 2008, many of those things have not been fulfilled, instead we have spent 5 trillion to add to our national debt and have been spending for stimulus and other things which have not worked, we need to change direction and the only direction is with Romney.....

    September 8, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  4. D0ntBlvU

    The job's report is still better than ZERO–which, according to President Bill Clinton, is the total of jobs the Republicans have created.

    September 8, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  5. D0ntBlvU

    The jobs report is still better than ZERO–which, according to President Bill Clinton, is the total of jobs the Republicans have created.

    September 8, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  6. Rudy G

    Obama keeps talking about 4.5 million jobs added. NO, he has not added that to the economy, because he has also lost over 4 million in the same time period. And now, jobs growth is non-existent, because unless we have over 150,000 new jobs per month they aren't even keeping up with population growth! WHAT A SHAM!!!

    September 8, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. Jules

    And you'll do what, Mitt? What were your plans to put those 12 million back to work which is what the OMB said would happen in the next 4 years anyway. What were you planning to do to make sure it happens? Come on – you have to say what your plans are sometime.

    September 8, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  8. Jules

    Just for the record – there is no way Romney can dampen the high of the DNC. The Dems made the Repubs looking like the local karioki bar. The Repubs cannot even run a convention so how can they run a country?

    September 8, 2012 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  9. Rudy G

    Businesses added jobs for the 30th month in a row; what kind of smoke and mirrors is that? They could have added 10 jobs per month for the last 30 months and they could make the same statement!!

    September 8, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  10. thetruthandnothingbutthetruth

    lyin and robme are betting against the country!

    September 8, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. Carl

    What the Obama has done so far and more to come.

    September 8, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. MaryM

    Mitt is a Liar. Google "Lying for the Lord" Its a mormon thing. Also google "White horse prophecy"
    Mitt really believes that stuff. Really scary stuff

    September 8, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  13. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    No body has heard any ideas at all from romney the tax cheat except the same bush ideas that got us into this gop mess in the first place and I'll tell you right now ,you will never get elected without showing them moron !!

    September 8, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  14. DocHollywood

    Too bad the republicans didn't support Obama's jobs bills and policies. The only way to see if something will work is to try it. Republicans instead decided to oppose everything, letting Americas economy sink lower and lower, greedily awaiting the chance to get back in power. Sorry Romney, I've seen your act before, it was what got us to where we're at right now.

    September 8, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  15. Namejkane sfl a vote for the gop will cut your moms medicare and soc sec .can you afford to pay for them???

    Romney the tax cheat is a dark cloud like a cancer in the USA like the rest of the gop !!!!

    September 8, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  16. a abbot

    No economist worth anything should be saying that the economy should be running strong at this point. Consumer debt went from about 4 trillion, in 1999 to about 12.3 trillion in 2008. The cause of the housing recession was people given home loans they could not repay. The economic crises did not end when the banks were given a bail out. It will only end when all those bad loans work there way though the system. Those loans { mostly ARM for houses } were given out between 2003 and 2007, with a maturity of 5 years. So in a couple more years things should start to really improve.

    September 8, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  17. Marc in Canada - it's a world recession people

    Here's what I know. The GOP claim to hold Ronald Reagan as their hero and someone who set the standard for the Presidency of the United States. His son Ron said his dad wouldn't be a Republican in today's right wing extreme group.

    What everyone seems to have forgotten or ignored is that the world has changed since Ronald Reagan was in charge. More robots and Ipads have replaced good paying jobs and more countries now share in the world's prosperity. There are only so many jobs to go around and the elite now contol more of the world's wealth than ever before.

    There is only one way out of this – a return to taxing the rich somewhere north of 50% until the middle class has a decade to recover from decades of abuse and excuse.

    September 8, 2012 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  18. Wendy

    You can do your gloom and doom routine all you want, alexithymic Mitt, but we still want President Obama and NOT you.

    September 8, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  19. Marc in Canada - it's a world recession people

    Is it just me or does Mitt Romney remind you of the used car salesman at the Mercedes Dealership?

    I see Mitt as the Bernie Madoff of politics. I believe his only motivation to become President is to expand Mormonism and to serve his church. He has never convincingly made the case for why he wants to become President.

    One other fact that seems under-reported is his claim that he saved the Olympics. Yes he did by getting a huge bailout from the federal government.

    September 8, 2012 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  20. cliff

    LOL Like Bill Clinton said, It takes real Brass for Mitt to stand there and point at Obama for no new ideas while offerng 0 ideas himself. Hey Mitt how are you going to do anything different? What Ideas do you have? "Mitt" Uhh Obama reaks vote for me! But Mitt what will you do different? "Mitt, Obama is terrible vote for me!" LOL Real Brass indeed.

    Let me point out a Dark Cloud hanging over Romney, 30 months of Private sector growth. 4.6 million new jobs. Is our economy growing slowly? Yes. Is it weak? Yes. Is it still better than 4 years ago when unemployment was 10.2 percent and we were losing 750k jobs a month? HELL Yes.

    The biggest Dark Cloud? Romney got a 0 perecent bump from his convention. Obama? He's up to nearly a 6 point bump. The editor of this article might want to readjust his dark cloud because things are looking bleak for Romey.

    September 8, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. enuff

    I don't think Romney could take down the high that the dems experienced. All that has happened is that is it just another day.

    September 8, 2012 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  22. MaryM

    It amazes me that after eight years of the repubs, and all that we experienced under the Bush years, that there are still people who buy into the Republican vision for America. Either they have been brain dead for the last decade or Goebbels was correct in saying “If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.”

    September 8, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  23. pbk

    How much did the Romney campaign pay the Wash Post for this article?

    September 8, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  24. Irene Rasmussen

    Mitt Romney says he is "offering real solutions for the middle class, with a plan to create 12 million jobs..." Other than cutting taxes and regulations, I don't understand what the jobs "plan" is. Romney, explain the plan. Clearly, cutting taxes and lifting regulations won't do it all. What else?

    September 8, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |

    I have never been as proud to be a Democrat as I was during the convention. Contrary to what Mr. Romney says, our party is not the party out of ideas. I was touched by the love, compassion, and empathy for others demonstrated by the members of the Democratic Party. The Republicans want to talk about God, while our party focuses on what God calls us to do in our everyday lives. Lifting up those less fortunate, helping our fellow man, and ensuring everyone has a chance is what we believe in. The Republican Party has turned into the party of greed, hate, selfishness, lies, and anger. Just turn on conservative talk radio, Fox News,or read the posts on Twitter and Facebook that are filled with hate and viscoiousness. With integrity and grace, President Obama is leading us out of the devastion created by the Republicans at a steady pace, while keeping us safe and restoring our standing around the world. He has seen to it that we all have the quality healthcare we deserve. He is not out of ideas....he is just getting started. Are we better off than we were four years ago? Absolutely!

    September 8, 2012 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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