Word battle wages: Romney vs. Democrats
July 5th, 2011
11:52 AM ET
11 years ago

Word battle wages: Romney vs. Democrats

(CNN) - Despite continued push-back from Democrats, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stuck to his line for a second straight day that President Obama has made the American economy worse.

"He made the recession deeper, last long and recovery more anemic," Romney said Tuesday at a town hall in New Hampshire. "He made things worse."

The newest iteration of the line comes one day after he made similar statements in New Hampshire, which resulted in a new web video from the Democratic National Committee. The spot juxtaposed his comment Monday that "the recession is deeper because of our president," with seemingly contradictory sound Friday in Pennsylvania.

"I didn't say that things are worse, what I said was that the economy hasn't turned around," Romney said Friday when asked to clarify his words.

The former Massachusetts governor first made a similar comment at the CNN/WMUR/New Hampshire Union Leader presidential debate in June when he said the president "didn't create the recession, but he made it worse and longer," and again during a visit to New Hampshire last week.

When asked about the governor's comments, Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul pointed to the current economic situation, including the unemployment rate, housing prices and national debt.

"It is an undeniable fact that Barack Obama has failed to create jobs and fix the economy. He is on track to be the only president to leave office with a net job loss," Saul said. "President Obama and the Democrats will spend the next 17 months trying to distract voters from their horrible record on the economy – and it's not going to work."

DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse said Romney has a history of reversing positions.

"Mitt Romney has well earned a reputation as someone who changes positions with the political winds, but this is just taking things too far," Woodhouse said in a statement. "Does he really think no one is paying attention?"

Filed under: 2012 • Democrats • DNC • Mitt Romney
soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. alex

    The recession officially ended in June 2009, according to the Business Cycle Dating Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research, the official arbiter of such dates.....This recent recession, having begun in December 2007, lasted 18 months.

    The inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States took place on Tuesday, January 20, 2009.
    The recession started 12 months before he took office and ended 6 months later.
    Just the facts ma'am.

    July 5, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  2. Bible Clown

    "Roof Dog" Romney will never be elected president. He's a mean creep, and he's way out of touch with people who have jobs.

    July 5, 2011 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. AC

    Romney will not win an election over Obama, because he's a Morman. He's not a Christian!

    July 5, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  4. Patrick from Minnesota

    Four, when the Hell was unemployment 23%? Last I checked it was at 9! Now that you're throwing numbers out of thin air why stop at 23?

    July 5, 2011 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  5. Laverne

    This is guy is soo desperate to become president, he will say or do anything! It is his desperation that will ultimately cause him NOT to get the republican nomination, too bad, soo sad!

    July 5, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. Tal

    Politicians keep forgetting that this is the age of digital media.

    They cant say one thing to one group of people and something else to another group or they will get called on their two-faced bs. Preferably in hilarious ways like this.

    July 5, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. rich

    Why is the DNC is trying to play petty word tricks instead of trying to counter Romney's assertion that the President's policies did not effectively address the recession? It is very disappointing that they cannot argue in the affirmative on the President's policies, but would rather blow smoke. I would not exactly call Romney's clarifications of his criticisms as flip-flopping... that is a real stretch. Flip-flopping would be if Romney suddenly said that Obama's recession-countering policies were wonderful. And concerning the issue of "flip-flopping" in general, I would much rather see a leader change their mind when conditions warrant, instead of running the country into the ground, saving face, or prioritizing their personal priorities above the wishes of people that they represent. For example, President Obama modified his commitment for troop withdrawal based on the actual conditions that unfolded. Some could call this flip-flopping or breaking his promise, but I hope that most would call it good leadership decisions.

    July 5, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. Mitt Romney - He'll Say ANYTHING To Get Elected

    DNC – you are welcome.

    Now, mail me my check please.

    July 5, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  9. gt

    it wont be romney...its huntsman he better watch..

    July 5, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Four wrote:
    Housing pricess are still depressed and there are millions of foreclosures waiting in the shadows.
    Why is the poor housing market Obama's fault? Home prices, not the values, became grossly inflated as banks competed (with a helpful assist from their own appraisers) to sell the highest price mortgage they possibly could. We saw several decades worth of price increases over the span of just a single decade.

    To me, that means that housing prices are going to correct themselves some more. They will continue to drop until the selling prices are more in line with their actual values.

    Basic supply and demand is going to continue to rule home prices. As long as they are priced beyond what the average wage earner can afford, housing prices will continue to drop. Wanna stop the price decline? Give the middle class some raises, or more first-time home buyer credits. It's a form of tax cut. You should like it.

    July 5, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. George

    Perry is the guy who balanced the Texas 2010 budget....... with $6.4 billion in Recovery Act money from the federal government....
    Once again the field is full of hypocrites.

    July 5, 2011 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. CaliforniaBC

    AND despite CBO Director congressional testimony in January 2010 stating specifically that the ections of the Fed and the Stimulus Bill reduced the severity and LONGEVITY of the recession, Romney just can't be a man and say, "I guess I was wrong". At least there'd a modicum of respect for someone who could do that. But standing by a WELL proven falshood for the sake of politcal/campaign gains just shows when the Right will do to dupe people into voting for them.
    They'd rather lie to get into power than run a campaign based SUBSTANTIVE debates.

    July 5, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. Smarter than that

    Romney needs to check his facts - oh wait, he's a Republican and they don't use actual facts just the things they say are facts but are actually stuff they made up that is not true and not a "fact" in any sense of the word. President Obama created jobs and that is a verifiable FACT. Were they enough to pull us out of the recession - no. But, since the GOP was successful in blocking the vast majority of what President Obama wanted to do for the economy I blame the GOP. The GOP could care less for the middle class and we need to strengthen our middle class before we see a true recovery. Obama 2012

    July 5, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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