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

    The Republican are the One that make the Economy worse, not the President. If the Republican would do more than say NO all the time , It could even be better. But the Republican don't want help the President or the Country. There goal is only to make President Obama a one term President, even If It hurt the country or not. That why In 2010 when the Republican ran on JOBS they are not doing anything about It , It because the want the Economy to stay bad so they think It will help them. Well they are wrong because most American people know the only one Trying to get the Economy better Is the PRESIDENT Obama and the Democrats. It pretty hard to do anything to help the Economy when all the Republican do Is say NO and give the RICH MORE TAX CUTS. That haven't work In over six years and will never work. but they haven't got the brain to figure It out.

    July 5, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Four wrote:
    They have never worked before and they didn't work this time either. Massive government spending does not revive a down economy.
    Funny. Raising taxes seemed to work very well for Reagan to get us out of Recessions. And those Recessions were caused by Reagan's massive "trickle down" tax cuts.

    History has demonstrated time and time again that massive tax cuts for the wealthy cause a brief but vigorous prosperity on Wall Street followed by sudden Recessions. Each of those self-inflicted Recessions were overcome by raising taxes, which pumped more cash into the economy. The government *spends* every dime it collects. The same claim cannot be said for tax cuts aimed at the rich.

    July 5, 2011 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    People should take notice of what Romney's rival, Bachman, has been saying without being called out. She has been blaming TARP on Obama since the NH debate, and continues to do so.

    July 5, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. maf

    @Four – what delusion!!
    President Obama never said this wasn't going to take some time to turn around. The tourniquet was applied, and the bleeding stopped! Now, with a combination of spending cuts, limited investment and a loophole free tax package, the country will continue to slowly turn around. The GOP obstruction and the bait and switch from their JOBS platform in 2010 have proven to be the LOCK in GRIDLOCK!!
    The people wasting the most time are your precious Party of NO congressmen and women who are hell bent on making this a fight over EVERYTHING!!
    Very tiresome and it will cost the Republicans in the next election!!!

    July 5, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. Chris ~ Albany, NY

    "It is an undeniable fact that Barack Obama has failed to create jobs " Isn't it the republicans always clamoring that "THE GOVERNMENT DOESN"T CREAT JOBS"....which one is it repugs???

    July 5, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    The greatest political lie told over the past decade has been that the Bush Tax Cuts would be temporary.

    July 5, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. ReddCatt

    Liar Liar pants on fire.

    July 5, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. FM

    This is not what people call: "Changing of Mind". This is totally a character of a person. Who can hire such a person to the highest respectable Office on earth????

    July 5, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    ... They have no solutions except to lower taxes for rich people and corporations while punishing the middle class. Why would anyone in their right mind vote for any of these people???
    Take a minute and review the Ryan Plan for getting America back in control of it's exploding debt. Yes, it makes tough decisions. That's what $14 trillion ( and growing ) of debt does for a country. The Democrats have no plan. Raising taxes is not a plan.
    And just to correct a little detail on your post, the Bush tax cuts were for everyone who pays taxes. Everyone. And if you make more than $250k a year you still pay a much higher percentage than everyone else.

    July 5, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    What will Romney say tomorrow? Why whatever they tell him to say of course.
    Four and the Door three words for you education, education, education. Get one.

    July 5, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  11. Just As I Thought

    Romney isn't who you Dems need fear......Perry is our Huckleberry! Whether you like it or not, this great country CANNOT continue to pay the Lazy NOT to work! All the free rides are over regardless of who is President......but there will always be those who want "something for nothing" like Rudy NYC, T'sah, etc.......remember, all comes from God, deny Him & you deny ALL......Perry 2012!

    July 5, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  12. Rickster

    Romney is absolutely correct. Anybody with any sense whatsoever knows that President Failure has made the recovery almost impossible. Make no mistake about it, it's democrat policies that have gotten this country into the mess that we are in and continuing to follow those policies is national suicide.

    July 5, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  13. yasmine

    You lie Romney

    July 5, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    I'm no Romney fan, but he's right that Obama has, by insane overspending and creating a lot of uncertainty, made the American financial crisis immeasurably worse.

    July 5, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. MichaelK

    I'm amazed that these people can just make these wild statements that run counter to facts and no one calls them on it.
    The stimulus was what most every single economist would have recommended except that it should have been bigger. Nobody is acknowledging that putting Bush's wars back on the budget accounts for much of the dept growth or that there are issues that are beyond any President's scope.

    I guess we will start hearing about that stuff when the Repubs finish the wrecking job Bush started by eliminating the middle class and letting bankers continue their looting.

    I have come to expect this type of lie from the GOP. Why can't the Dems grow a pair and take these jokers to school?

    July 5, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    ..... as you do unto the weakest/smallest/poorest, God will do to you.....

    How about them apples, hypocrits. Has the eye of that needle gotten big enough for a camel all of a sudden???

    Me thinks NOT.

    July 5, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  17. roland


    July 5, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Four wrote:
    And just to correct a little detail on your post, the Bush tax cuts were for everyone who pays taxes. Everyone. And if you make more than $250k a year you still pay a much higher percentage than everyone else.
    The first round of Bush Tax cuts gave top earners an 8% cut off of their gross, while giving the average wage earner only a 0.2% cut. Also, the Bush administration was critized for setting the country on a path that would lead to trillion dollar deficits. His own economic advisor issued that warning just before they fired him.

    July 5, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    "Here's how much Romney loves America. His consulting company advised clients to fire employees and outsource to India and China."

    The Left is raising the costs of hiring people, primarily through Obamacare and the rising medical costs being created by Obamacare, through the roof, making it difficult or impossible for American companies to afford hiring Americans.

    July 5, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  20. JD

    Perhaps I'm being a bit pollyanna-ish, but I just love it when I read about candidates actually talking about their real differences on real issues. I'm a Democrat but I sure hope the GOP has the sense to nominate a serious candidate like Romney so that maybe we can actually decide based on issues and not scare tactics like a Bachmann or Palin would bring to the table.

    July 5, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  21. sally

    Republicans got us into an economic crisis with their trickle down economics and they kept us down by refusing to do anything about the problem. The economic stimulus should have been larger, not smaller. Many, many aspects of the bill were gutted to appease stingy Republicans and cowardly conservative Democrats. These were public projects which would have benefitted everyone and would have truly stimulated the economy. Instead, our infrastructure is crumbling...and nothing was done to stop it!

    July 5, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  22. ted

    Romney is one of those politicians that changes his positions on key subjects as often as he changes his socks. He fully understands political expediency and the ignorance of most of the population who will believe whatever spittle comes out either side of his mouth. Fact of the matter is that the GOP does not have anyone right now that could be considered a front runner because they all have baggage they are trying to get away from. I think Fox News should ask all of them if they are flakes because the answer would be a resounding yes for all of them.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    July 5, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    @Just As I Thought: I'm not looking for handouts or "something for nothing". I am an independent who is tired of watching those who take "something from nothing".

    July 5, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. The Other Michael in Houston

    To Four and The Door: Really? So you think the Ryan "Whodini" Plan will work??? He cannot get his own party to buy into, let along the rest of America. And will you please stop repeating the lie that trickle down economics work!

    July 5, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  25. TEE

    You know the joke, when can you tell if any teapublican is lying, he's talking....

    July 5, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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