DNC hits Romney over Obama economy jabs
March 8th, 2011
03:44 PM ET
11 years ago

DNC hits Romney over Obama economy jabs

(CNN) - The Democratic National Committee is hitting back at former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney who penned an op-ed criticizing the economy under the Obama administration in the Boston Herald Tuesday.

A statement from the DNC juxtaposed Romney's words with what they call a "fact check."

"Romney's private sector career consisted of profiting off of laying off thousands of workers," the statement reads. "Romney's job creation record in Massachusetts was one of the worst in the country."

Romney's staff countered late Tuesday with a release pointing out that Massachusetts saw private sector growth ahead of neighboring states during his time as governor.

In the op-ed, Romney, who is considering a bid for the White House in 2012, touted his own business experience while labeling the current economy the "Obama Misery Index."

"Having spent my career in the private sector, I know a thing of two about how jobs are created and how they are lost," Romney wrote. "We have a toxic blend of unemployment, debt, home foreclosures, and bankruptcies. Their sum total is what we can call the Obama Misery Index."

The former businessman said economic turnarounds happen when leaders focus, something he said the president has not done.

"President Obama did just the opposite: he delegated the jobs crisis to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and he went to work on his own priorities, like cap and trade and government-run health care," Romney wrote.

In their release the DNC included nearly a dozen articles outlining flaws they saw in Romney's op-ed.

The article, published on the front page of the paper coincides with Obama's visit to Boston Tuesday.

According to a source with knowledge of the piece, the Herald, which boasts a typically conservative op-ed page, contacted him to write the piece.

The former 2008 presidential candidate concluded with a final jab, equating the current situation to the economy under former President Herbert Hoover.

"Unless President Obama changes course, these job fairs, with their day-long lines of unemployed seeking nothing more than a chance to earn a living, are going to be seen as his Hoovervilles," Romney wrote.

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  1. Mtnjim

    "The former 2008 presidential candidate concluded with a final jab, equating the current situation to the economy under former President Herbert Hoover."

    Bzzzzzzt, Wrong!

    The present economy is closer to the 1933 economy under FDR when the Republicans were shouting "Bankrupting the Country", "Overspending", and "Leaving debt for our Children". Right before they forced through huge cuts in spending and the country that was recovering from the crash of '29 fell back into depression that lasted until WWII economic activity pulled us out.

    March 8, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    mitt go have more kids (who are too good to go to Iraq or Afghanistan) or get yourself another wife or two. Don't even bother!
    Thanks to your band of merry men the country is now being pulled together by our President. You wouldn't know where to start.

    March 8, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. durundal

    How many times must I reiterate this: you cannot run a government like a for-profit corporation, by merit of the nature of the challenges it must face and the niche it must serve. Government intervention is a last ditch tool to address market failures and public goods problems. It honestly does not matter whether or not facts are 'superimposed' when the majority of society is getting entrenched in the frame of mind of 'yell loud, yell often, and yell incomprehensibly' by organizations who capitalize on such sad mob mentality.
    The problem only compounded by the media churning out half truths and careless articles that support knee jerk reactions and are incredibly misinformed (especially when crossing into multi ethnic boundaries – the politics and government of the tribes which form LIBYA for one, Islamaphobia for another). Based on the useless factoids we pick up from the headlines we automatically feel entitled to spout off on nuanced issues which we do not even remotely comprehend.

    The scariest part is how political parties are beginning to frame and hijack our news, and to a growing extent, how the mindless fanaticism of the base which they engender is rapidly getting out of hand. Why are we letting the most ignorant amongst us speak 'for what the people demand'?

    March 8, 2011 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. Kwesoe

    I think this Morman is thinking of marrying another wife. When one is in heat, theysay stupid stuff that makes sense to them alone. See you at the polls, loser!

    March 8, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Juxtaposing facts right next to what Republicans say should work to convince everyone of what is really going on"

    No it doesn't. It doesn't work whatsoever. When you put facts in front of people who don't want to hear them because they disprove their wishful thinking about the way they want the world to work...the way they've been raised and acculturated to believe that the world works...they just invent stories and conspiracies to explain it all away...pathological rationalizations that constitute the denial that is the first stage of grieving over their mortally wounded ideology. This is precisely why we hear crap about Obama being born in Kenya or being a muslim or that health care reform involved "deaeth panels." They simply HAVE TO invent something in order to keep up the illusion. This is why when you cite them all the factual, statistical, historical data showing that corporate America and the ultra-rich have actually grown their wealth and assets during the recession, that they have grown their wealth and assets exponentially to the tune of 281% over the past 3 decades while the middle-class barely experience any growth in its average family wealth and assets, that corporate America is sitting on BILLIONS AND BILLIONS of untapped capital, that derivatives and credit default swaps and other financial gambling shenanigans allow corporations and the ultra-wealthy to consolidate, horde and grow their fortunes WITHOUT REALLY CONTRIBUTING TO THE ECONOMY, that the Bush tax cuts were the single largest contributing factor to the debt and deficit and the wars were second, etc. etc. ETC....why, when presented with all the facts, evidence, statistical data, math, historical record, and even overwhelming consensus among experts, they will pretend none of it is true, that it was all generated solely by biased sources as part of a conspiracy to do something like "change us into soshulists" or "sell us out to the muslims," sometimes even just ignore it alltogether and pretend it doesn't exist and then resort to repeating their trickle-down adydream reaganomic voodoo economic neocon fundamentalist "krischun nashun" ideology louder and more often to drown out what they view solely as a threat to imposing their world view upon reality...instead of accepting that it is reality's honest feedback telling them they got it wrong.

    March 8, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Oh lordy lordy...all good krischuns know that the middle-class needs to accept less and bear the brunt of the recession and the deficit and the budget cuts so the rich and corporations can get more tax cuts, avoid tax increases and grow, horde, and consolidate their wealth in preparation for the raptchah...even salvation is for sale, dontcha know...it's right there in the bizzible....can I get an aymenn?

    March 8, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. Ken in NC

    Mitt Romney can't win in a race for the office of President. While he is smarter than the average bear, he is not nearly as smart as Sarah Palin. You know she is not smart when she goes to India to campaign for the office of President. She went to India thinking India was short for Indi-anna. Now since Mitt isn't as smart as she is, he doesn't stand a chance. There is also the fact that he will not have the support of the former "Half-a-Term First Dude Todd".

    March 8, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. jm

    I don't think there are too many people who are afraid of Mitt, he is just as big a phony as any one could be. You can see it in his face. If he falls down he will surly break his hair and that would be a tragedy for him..It seems as though we have a bunch of bumbling idiots running on the repub side. Its beginning to look like a line up for a carnival job.

    March 8, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    @ MAC: please attempt to use proper English when making an arguement.

    To the issue at hand: why has Romney run like a scalded dog from the one signature accomplishment of his one-term adminstration, namely health care? He can't discuss it, won't discus it, the same way he won't discus Infrastructure after the Big Dig fiasco. I would like him to explain how he felt one term as governor qualified him the run the last time around. His resume has not grown, his private accomplishments put him behind Sarah Palin, which is hardly reassuring. He never produced a product or had an original thought, only generated wealth for himself. Were the jobs produced by Bain long-lasting? Can he say anything that is designed not to appeal to a GOP primary voter, or is he shedding yet another skin to suit his surroundings?

    March 8, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. AEK

    Let's see...stock market up, jobs rebounding, although slowly, Obama selling out on health care. I don't get what the right wing is complaining about. Well, I do, but that racist word is an ugly one.

    March 8, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  11. tired of obama

    more lies from the DNC and obama lovers, shame that no one on the obama side actually tells the truth and its a shame that the DNC can break civility but CNN doesnt say anything but be it a conservative or tea partier ohhhh crap, well CNN dont print this like normal.

    DNC and Obama LOVE AMERICA OR GET THE HELL OUT, we were founded on christian views and values not the obama muslim brotherhood and its MAY GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS, not that ali and its the HOLY BIBLE not the other fire starter book

    March 8, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  12. Jeff Campbell

    Isn't Mittens Romney talking about the economy he, his buddy W., and the bagger republicans created!??!!

    March 8, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  13. Jed

    Mitt 2012!

    I say we start circulating the petition now to name this recession after the President who continues to deepen it with deeper deficits and new taxes.

    ObamaScare and Cap and Tax are both tax bills!

    The Obama Depression is an apt name for the years since he took office!

    March 8, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  14. al in memphis

    Once again, politicans hope your memory is as short as legs on an earth worm. The state of any economy is years in the making. China, Germany and any others did not become dominated because of what they did last week or last year. That's why Obama talks about investment.
    Politics is turning out to be more fake than wrestling - those with power want the money, those with money want the power. Whose left to represent the people, generally those are the ones we constantly criticize like Obama.
    Mitt–not going to happen

    March 8, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  15. Elizabeth

    This guy is such a snake oil salesman. Everything coming out of his mouth is a lie or fabrication. He was the first politician in the country to create a mandatory health care system and its a disaster. He has flip-floped his position on abortion and gays to sway whoever he was trying to please at the moment. He is sleeze in an expensive suit. All we need in this country is a President from another radical religion. Dont think this is a problem? You better read about it, quick!

    March 8, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  16. Troy

    Romney 2012!!

    Obama can't pick up the pieces of our broken economy! He can't even fight his own battles against Obama and needs his DNC cronies to do it for him!

    March 8, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

    Gaylon, I think you need to up your meds.

    March 8, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
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