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. ThinkAgain: Mittens 'n' Munster are Liars

    Mittens on Dems: painting the party as “completely out of ideas”

    Typical Repub strategy to accuse the Dems of their own failings! President Obama's policies SAVED our country from going into a Great Depression brought on by REPUBLICAN POLICIES!

    And now Mittens wants to double-down on trickle-down! Why? Lord knows, but I'm guessing it's because he and his party are all dumb, greedy, dumb and greedy, or so deluded they just can't handle the FACT that all of the GOP's economic, military and foreign policies are PROVEN FAILURES!

    Obama/Biden 2012 = The only sane choice

    September 8, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Old Bishop Gloom and Doom - nobody listens to him any more. He's a has been. (shhhhhhh – he hasn't been told yet, Ryan is going ROGUE).

    September 8, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Put Ryan at the TOP of the TICKET !!!!!!

    September 8, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  4. Catmandew

    Obama is only worried about his job we need someone that didnt need to seal up all his records and take advantage of our government to live Mitt is the man !

    September 8, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  5. moonghaelela

    Where are your ideas for fixing the economy other than tax cuts for the rich? Gutting all social programs to pay for the tax cuts for the rich.

    Go away, America does not need you.

    September 8, 2012 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  6. Marie of the Great White North

    Th reason why some of the available jobs have not yet been filled-up was explained ..... With the party's planned economic improvement that is directly related to education, in keeping with global development, some jobs will require training for positions to be filled up.... and that is so understandable....It makes sense.... So the statistics on increase of jobs for now will not reflect that.... It is something of the future, which the Obama party have put in place..... So what has Romney party have in place ? Any details ?

    September 8, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  7. FedUp

    I don't know if he is inadequate or not because he doesn't stick around long enough to lead. Partying, travelling, partying, vacations, trips, partying, and let's not forget cavorting with the Hollywood crowd. If we want a party organizer, he might be the man, but then again he probaly has someone do that for him too.

    September 8, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  8. Kiki

    Blah, blah...Obama failed...blah it's Obama fault...blah,blah,blah...I'm the man with the plan and I'll let you in on it after the election. President Clinton was absolutely right about this man!

    September 8, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  9. RTB

    What a funny comment coming from Romney. For a person who has not explained any of his plans for the poor American citizen should he and lyin Ryan take over the White House. Of course he is going to continue to bash the Democrats. I believe the truth will be told about this shameful Republican nightmare.

    September 8, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    Ryan/Romney Plan
    Let me see.

    Adults (average) pay $2000/yr more in taxes
    Charter schools cost $6-$10 thousand/year per child K-12
    Grammaw and Pappaw each pay $6000+ more with vouchers.


    then they can give each multi-millionaire a $250,000 tax cut.

    Got it.

    September 8, 2012 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  11. Sandy

    Romney campaign= Campaign of doom and gloom.

    Obama 2012 – the TRUSTED and POSITIVE way forward!

    September 8, 2012 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    This guy just can't stop lying can he?
    Twit, even repiblicans have called your cult convention boring, with no ideas, no solutions just a lot of empty words from everyone.
    Even when your brain tries to think clearly you blow it . . . .“He was elected, but things did not get better. Under President Obama, we've endured the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression,”
    Exactly, because if the President hadn't stepped in and help bail out the auto industry (instead of telling to go bacnkrupt themselves) we would have been in a depression worse than in 1929.
    Do you ever listen to yourself when you speak? I know you are a moron but somebody better tell you that you need to keep your trap shut. Even your buddies at bain were against you regarding the auto bailout.

    September 8, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    I hear that Romney once again is criticising Obama for a policy that Paul Ryan voted for. At some point, Romney might try explaining to America why he chose Ryan to begin with. This whole Romney campaign has been nothing but a milestone of contradictions, one after another. Including allowing Pat Robertson - Pat Robertson of all people - use him , Mitt Romney, as a fundraiser stooge for Pat Robertson's 700 Club. No doubt Romney thought it was the other way around ... Romney using Pat Robertson. What a freaking fool Romney is.

    September 8, 2012 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  14. Liz the First

    It's amazing how repugs are so good at accusing others of what they themselves are guilty of. Romney is pushing the same failed ideas that got us into the Great Recession in the first place. anyone whose IQ is more than two points above a rock knows that the policies that made the mess are NOT GOING TO FIX THE MESS!!! Obama, against overwhelming opposition, is fixing the mess. if we quit on him now, we'll be back IN the mess before you can blink twice.

    September 8, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  15. Former Republican, now an Independent

    This coming from the candidate who makes huge claims of what he would do, yet will not share exactly how he plans to do it. Heck, this guy is so secretive, he won't even share his tax information with the voters.

    September 8, 2012 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  16. mjw

    Compared to hate and les? I would take DNC anytime over bunch of old white men with desire to take us back to the early 1900s. We are going forward not backwards.

    September 8, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  17. normajean @ verizon ,com


    September 8, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  18. BeverlyNC

    Poor Romney. He and his VP were exposed as liars by 25 different media organizations and fact checking groups and he has lost all creditability. I was at the DNC Convention and it was the exact opposite of what I saw at the RNC Convention. I saw the real America there, not just older white people. I saw happiness and optimisim and excitement and belief that President is still the only leader prepared to finish restoring the nation from the worst economic mess since 1929. Not one person had a single doubt President Obama will be re-elected and by a wide margin.
    The Romney fraud is catching up to him and his choice of Ryan only made his decline of trust with the nation fall faster. Neither of them can be trusted to tell the truth at a campaign stop or in a TV ad so how can We the People trust them our highest office, safety, welfare, and the most basic values our nation was founded on? We can;t and we won't.

    The debates will end Romney's campaign of lies, hate, racist overtones, birtherism, and grab for power. Romney does not want the actual job of the Presidency that swears an oath to serve the People, Romney just wants the power of the office to hand it over to the corporations and the wealthy who have propped him up as their puppet.

    President Obama already is serving the People and that is his first priority and always has been. Despite total obstruction of every piece of legislation by Congressional Republicans, especially all Jobs and Recovery bills, President Obama has still found ways to create jobs, save the auto industry, end the war in Iraq, help make education a priority again, help homeowners defrauded by the banks, and is working hard to save Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security from the Ryan budget that destroys all 3 to give that funding to corporations in no taxes, no regulations, and even deeper tax cuts for the wealthy and not one dime going to the deficit, but rather increasing it.
    President Obama is the People's President and he has proven he is a man of character, integrity, and action to keep moving us all forward, for to him we ALL matter. That is what America is about after all – a place where we all matter.
    It's why I stand with the President.

    September 8, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  19. Patriot

    Under Romney and Ryan's insane economic 'solution', an 8.1% unemployment rate would look like a pic-nick.

    September 8, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  20. Dan5404

    Romney himself casts a dark cloud over politics. He ran a nasty, flip-flopping campaign against Gingrich and Santorum and has not stopped flpi-flopping and lying yet. He knws that many of his supporters are poorly infomed about politics most of the time and are willing to believe lies and out-of-context quotes that are not true when the rest of what was said changes the meaning entirely.

    September 8, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  21. onlyfacts

    Someone needs to ask Romney where is Boehner and his "elect us and we will fix everthing" group from 2010. So strange that the Republican led House gets away with doing nothing. This is insane!

    September 8, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  22. floyd lowman

    Its time for a change we can not take another four years off Obama Im a disabled vet.and theres been many cuts to our funding and we were told we would be taken care of. Bye whom I ask? We can no longer even aford to heat our homes under this man.Would someone please tell me one thing he has done to help middle and low income people or any promise he has kept like bring our men and women home in his first year? And last YES I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A REAL BIRTH RECORD.I know were my vote will be for the people and the US wont make it four more years under Obama the US is now the weakest in history under him and he now wants to sign a world treaty to disarm all of us so please debate this.Git rid of this man while we can.Thank you. SFC. FLOYD LOWMAN US.ARMY RET.'

    September 8, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  23. GAliberal

    Ok mittens what ideas do you all have besides the trickle down economics that was supposed to work and it didn't?

    September 8, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  24. Michael

    Lackluster Job numbers! Well, I realize repuglicans would the reports of the last 29 months to show zero jobs not 4.6 million, and that we were still losing 800,000 jobs per month, the their case would be rational. But, to say basically nothing is, has or getting done by this president to turn our economic situation around is "insane." President Obama and his fellow democrats are loners in this effort, without congressional help! If, it was not for the first two years and bypassing congress with executive orders to help this failing economy, I wonder where we would be right now! Robme and Lyin Ryan supports the do nothing congressional repuglicans and their policies that got us into this mess!

    September 8, 2012 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  25. Laverne

    Mitt Romney is so irrelevant. He is the one who has been completely overshadowed in the last couple of weeks! The Obama administration as well as his surrogates have called the republicans and Romney out and have ridiculed them to the point they just are not effective anymore even with the economy being what it is and that is incredible!

    September 8, 2012 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
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