Romney says unemployment rate will be Obama’s downfall
April 26th, 2011
08:52 AM ET
12 years ago

Romney says unemployment rate will be Obama’s downfall

(CNN) – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is predicting continued high unemployment will result in a Republican 2012 victory over President Obama.

The 2008 Republican presidential candidate and former businessman, who is likely to put his economic credentials front and center in the upcoming campaign, even has a name for the current state of affairs: the Obama Misery Index.

"This unemployment crisis is part of what I call the Obama Misery Index, and it’s why my view is this man is going to get tossed from office," Romney said during an appearance on Fox News Monday. "He's a nice guy, but he just doesn’t understand what it takes to get the economy going to make America competitive globally, to rein in the size of the federal government, and to allow the American spirit of entrepreneurialism and innovation put Americans back to work."

Romney formed a presidential exploratory committee earlier month.

"The president says he’s about 'winning the future,' well people are losing the present," he added.. "You’ve got people suffering in this country. Unemployment is not a statistic.


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  1. kd

    uh, it's going down, Mitt, you jughead

    April 26, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  2. the situation

    And Mitt, your downfall is that you gave Massachusetts the same type of health care like Obama gave the US, however when you attack him about that, you will be shown as a flip flopper. Also, if the unemployment rate falls under 8% between now and next year October, you have no chance in hell of winning.

    April 26, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  3. Justin

    Since there was such a huge tidal wave of GOP winners in 2010 and they ran on "jobs, jobs, jobs" and "Where are the jobs?" the GOP may find themselves in a little bit of a pickle over unemployment as well.

    April 26, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  4. Will

    Who cares anymore what Mitt says, the Donald thinks he is small potatoes.

    April 26, 2011 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  5. Debbie

    LOL Heads up Romney but your own party ran in the 2010 elections with the promise of JOBS!

    April 26, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  6. ConservaFascists -aka- Mammon

    And Romneycare will be your downfall!

    April 26, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  7. a in austin

    We are not looking for jobs globally, Mittster – need some here in the USA! Quit encouraging the outsourcing....

    April 26, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  8. Joan

    One of the issues that the Republicans ran on in 2010 was jobs, jobs, jobs. What have they done since they have been in power in the Congress to help that problem? They have concentrated on fighting budget bills, on social issues and birther silliness. The job rate is going down slowly and that is solely because of this administrations policies to pull the country out of a recession. This argument by Romney does not float.

    April 26, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  9. GW

    Republicans are doing everything they can to prevent unemployment from going down. Just at the time when the economy need to be stimulated and people should to be confident that they can spend money, the Republican come along with their doom-and-gloom message that the deficit is reading to destroy the American economy, government is to big, programs need to be cut, support for the poor and elderly must be weakened, but the rich should get more breaks. How would the Republican agenda increase jobs? It will do exactly the opposite–cut jobs-and, in turn, sabotage the second term for President Obama. Talk about cynical and selfish!!

    April 26, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  10. Riff*Raff

    Im tired of words & finger pointing from the Repugs. Get some ideas & be part of the solution. Better yet,work with the President and actually get something moving forward. (Obama can only be as good as his Congress allows him to be)This has been the most do nothing Congress thus far in history. Obama's ideas are working,even with all of the obstructionists in Congress. If the Repugs had any effective ideas over the last 30 yrs,we wouldnt be in this mess now. Actions speak louder than words. There's 200+ bills passed under Pelosi that are languishing in the Senate. Not to mention the nominees who are still waiting for a vote due to holds placed by anonymous Senators. These are rich grown ups playng bs games with our country. Sick to death of political manuvering. Boehner is worth $500 million. Why does he care about progress for the middle class?

    April 26, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  11. BlackPanthers2020

    Basically what Mitt is saying is that , we need to deregulate everything so that big business can continue to rape the average American citizen for all that they have .................

    April 26, 2011 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  12. diridi

    Romney is a total idiot, I mean "Idiot". Listen, Gas prices are up, we all know, but unemployment is at 8.1 percent level. well, gas prices may affect GDP, but GDP is staying stable. o.k, Gas speculators need to be prosecuted in the nation. Most of the times, gas is way up, because of speculator's drama, I mean, sheer drama by these guys. which Government knows. I bet Obama is not deviating his plans of improving "Education, Energy independence, And Infrastructure, Public Transportation". Listen to the wise person, once we cut oil imports, your so called, bribing giant, i.e, Saudi, Venezuela, ect, I mean, OPEC go to dogs, and beg elms around the world..Listen to this wise, Fellow Americans, please cut down driving....if you have to go grocery store, do all the errands at the same time, and enjoy. Plant vegetable garden in your back yard, and grow the produce....it is good for you and for the nation.....don't listen to idiotic GOP thugs...just vote Obama 2012.

    April 26, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Mitch is using that old conservative mind trick of trying to influence the weak-minded. Unfortunately, the 2010 elections and the concerted policies of Republicans nation wide have hardened the minds of voters.

    April 26, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  14. James

    Bit early for such extreme negative campaigning isn't it?

    April 26, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  15. New Age Independant

    It's hilarious that liberals now say that if unemployment drops below 8% that Obama would easily win reelection. Such comments are laughable at best, especially when liberals bashed the unemployment rate under Bush and labeled that at a crisis. Yet now, it seems to be acceptable? Liberals have become lost in their own double standard and are only fooling themselves.

    April 26, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  16. Positive

    Republican policy is largely responsible for the financial collapse that lead to massive unemployment and they have done nothing to help reverse it but to use it as an excuse to give more tax cuts to the wealthy, go after the teachers & other working people and try to put the Medicare money in the hands of the insurance CEOs at the expense of the elderly – while trying to give MORE tax cuts to the wealthy!

    April 26, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  17. NYC REPUB

    Unemployment rates will drop from 8.8%, to 7.8%, OR 7.7%.......When this happens, the President will have no other challengers. It is such a fluke and a farce for this guy to be dealing with the worst economy since the 1930's, and for oportunist like Romney to stand on the sidelines with no real concrete solutions, and throw rocks.

    April 26, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  18. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    So please do tell how you and the rest of your fascist pals will bring the good paying jobs that were sent ot china back. Get a grip Mitt, the tax shelters you guys created for job exporters are the problem, we need a little protectionist policies to be put in place; not trying to defund NPR, Planned Parenthood and the destruction of Medicare. Just how do the republican policies of attacking the middle class creat jobs?

    April 26, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  19. Positive

    1. All but four Republicans in the house voted to destroy Medicare.
    2. Trickle down economics didn't work in the past 30 years, yet the entire Republican plan to create jobs since elected has been tax cuts to the wealthy – even when it meant holding unemployment money hostage to get it.
    3. When told their policies would cause job losses, Speaker Boehner said "So be it".

    And this is the party that thinks we should allow them more power in 2012?

    I don't think so!

    April 26, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  20. Stuart

    Yes, in large measure because Romney is busy encouraging all his rich friends not to hire anybody so that he can win. I

    Romeny's new line of attack reveals his own weakness as a leader than it says anything about Obama. Then again, when can anyone expect anything other than self-interest from the modern republican party?

    April 26, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  21. LegendRx

    And so, it continues to continue, republicans purposely causing chaos, and appearing to come to it's rescue and blaming it on the other guy of whom, initially and originally, established order to their mess. What an insult to the intelligence of the American people. (as I shake my head from left to right . . . and then I laugh in my mad-mad Scientist voice . . . BAWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA!

    April 26, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  22. Dave

    Interesting... I thought the GOP was all about jobs during the last election. They have done nothing on the issue and now Romney is going to turn around and say that it's now Obama's fault. This guy is an empty suit with a silver spoon in his pocket and no solutions to our problems.

    The moral of the story: Mitt will run his big mouth and it won't matter. If he makes it to the general election (and that's a big "if"), Obama will mop the floor with him. The country had eight years of being run by an obnoxious spoiled brat with more mouth than brains. We won't make the same mistake twice.

    April 26, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  23. Can't help but notice

    Yes, its precisely because Romney is running around the country trying to convince all his rich friends not to hire anyone.

    Romney's brand of leadership tells everyone far more about him than it does about Obama. Then again, who would expect anything other than self-interest from the republican party these days.

    April 26, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  24. Tired of the nonsense

    Bush put us in this economic mess, Obama is getting us out of it, and the GOPers can't see that?

    When did the GOP not only become evil but stupid as well?

    April 26, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  25. Nigel Tufnel

    Mitt, the recession started in 2007 and we lost jobs through 2009. Unemployment is still high. If you care about the issue, care about America, where have your solutions been all this time? Or do you just want to use the issue to get elected?

    April 26, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
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