Romney hammers Obama on jobs
March 31st, 2011
09:15 AM ET
12 years ago

Romney hammers Obama on jobs

(CNN) – As he gears up for his likely presidential bid, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is hammering President Obama over jobs in a USA Today op-ed Thursday.

Romney, who also ran for the White House in 2008, charges the president has not made job creation a priority, has instituted a set of policies that have made recession worse, and has ensured a high unemployment rate for years to come.

"President Obama didn't cause the recession, but he made it worse and caused it to last longer," writes Romney. "From the outset, he inaugurated the most anti-investment, anti-business, anti-jobs policies we have seen since Jimmy Carter. Further, the White House has still not crafted any discernible plan to put Americans back to work."

The former business guru, who is likely to make economic issues a centerpiece of his campaign, adds a second stimulus is not the correct way to spur economic growth.

"Like putting a cup of gasoline on a fire, it produces heat only for a very short time," he writes. "A stimulus doesn't lead entrepreneurs and businesses to make the long-term investments in people and capital that will help the unemployed get the good jobs they deserve."

Responding to Romney, the Democratic National Committee said, "Perhaps before attacking the President’s record – which has seen an increase of more than 1.5 million private sector jobs over 12 consecutive months – Romney should examine his own record, which the Boston Globe called 'one of the worst in the country.'"

The high profile op-ed comes the same week Romney is showing more signs he is getting close to announcing a second presidential bid. Earlier in the week, he hired a key adviser from his 2008 bid, Lanhee Chen, to serve as his political action committee's policy director.

His PAC also announced it's donating $25,000 to the New Jersey GOP to help the state party as it aids Republican candidates in legislative elections this year – a donation that just may curry some favor with that state's popular Republican governor, Chris Christie.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
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  1. Jill

    Our Republican Congress came out in November declaring their victory and that their number one priority is JOBS JOBS JOBS. To date, they have failed to deliver. Someone needs to do some explaining....

    March 31, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    The GOP aren't doing a thing about jobs, either, Mr. Romney!

    March 31, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. LegendRx

    Here they come, here they come, here they come . . . With nothing!

    March 31, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    Obama hasn't done enough? At least it is starting to get better. The right campaigned on Jobs Jobs Jobs. What have they done? Ask for a birth certificate, Cut funding for NPR, Fight for a 2% budget cut and attack unions. Not one word about jobs since to right wing idiots fell for their false promises. I hope your are all satisfied with the right and the tea baggers?

    March 31, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. NVa Native

    Another goof ball in way over his head.
    If Romney knows business so well where was he when Bush/Cheney were enforcing their neo-con policies that destroyed our economy and lead to millions of American jobs lost??
    Why did Romney not even question these policies of cut taxes and increase spending and no bid contracts handed out to associates and supporters, while committing the US to two unfunded wars?
    Oh, that's right Romney supported these reckless policies of economic failure – and he still does?!

    March 31, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. dennis freeman

    Blah, blah, blah, blah...he needs to talk to the Speaker who has overseen new legislation on nearly everything but jobs – his main campaign theme. Rumor has it Romney is really Don Draper from the "Mad Men" – you haven't seen Draper lately, have you?

    March 31, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. Anonymous

    More hypocracy- Jobs don't just come from no where. If they are government sparked jobs, then money needs to be spent. If they are private sector jobs, then need must occur. Our lack of jobs is out of a lack of need.- pure and simple. We have all cut back on frivolous spending and this has cut demand.
    Start rebuilding America- yes MORE government spending – and we will have new jobs, more money in the economy and private sector and then a need for more private sector goods. This brings more individual spending. This is simple math.

    March 31, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. bo-D

    And the gop laying everybody off has sure created a lot of jobs I don't think its still a recessi

    March 31, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. SeatttleMark

    Hey Mitt, how many jobs have you and your conservative buddies created in the past 12 months? That is, other than a couple of hundred new lobbying spots for big business.

    March 31, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. Dave

    I have no faith in President Obama. He is dishonest, incompetent and far too left for this nation. I would vote for Romney before any of the other potential GOP candidates.

    March 31, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. once upon a horse

    this has got to be a joke, right? The sad thing about it is that there are people that are going to believe this tripe. The GOP has only done tax cuts and breaks for wealthy guys like Romney that were supposed to be creating jobs for people and so far have not. Yet the corporations are making large profits and the stock market is just ticking away. But mark my words, when the jobs report comes out for March and if it still shows a positive movement, Cantor and the rest of his GOP cronies will be crowing that it's because of the tax breaks they MADE Obama keep that has caused the job turnaround. (Never mind that after almost 10 years of such cuts we have had almost double digit unemployment) Of course if the job numbers reverse then it will be Obama's fault. And yes there are still people in the Tea Party GOP fog that will buy Mitt's lies here hook, line and sinker.

    March 31, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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