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?"

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  1. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    personally I am pleased to see the "evil left wing media" call out these folks like Romney, Santorium, and Bachmann that are now taking advantage of getting free shots in at Obama knowing full well at this time he can not take them on and defend himself.The only thing these 2012ers have in common is that I have yet to hear any of them come up with a solution to the current problem. And the tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations to help create jobs has not worked so why keep doing something that hasn't worked. And I wish the next time one of these jokers put down the stimulus, the DNC shows pictures of those Republican congressmen holding up those big checks for their districts. Failed stimulus my Aunt Ginny's snuff can!!

    July 5, 2011 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  2. Tubby the Tuba TEXAS

    Let's not forget that about 12 billion of that was from the Republican party and George W. Bush, who lied to Congress and the U.S. about the weapons of Mass Destruction. Get rid of the wars and American can save Billions, get rid of illegal imigration and save billions....whats wrong with everyone?

    July 5, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  3. Tubby the Tuba TEXAS

    Let's not forget that about 12 billion of that was from the Republican party and George W. Bush, who lied to Congress and the U.S. about the weapons of Mass Destruction. Get rid of the wars and American can save Billions, get rid of illegal imigration and save billions....whats wrong with everyone? Wake up and smell the coffee!

    July 5, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. Busted2010

    @Four and The Door – please take a macro economic class and try to look at the details. First the largest part of Obama's stimulus was tax cuts, then a third of it was aid to states, the smallest percentage went into spending programs that, as been proven time and again, saved jobs. Additionally, we went from a negative GDP growth rate to a positive one, we went from deflation to inflation, household savings rates are better today, plus your facts are incorrect, in fact structurally our economy is better today then it was when Bush left office. Rather then making the unemployment a cheap political arguement why don't you encourage your politicians to focus on unfair trade w/China, this will have a greater impact on our long term problems then some short term fix of cutting taxes and financing them w/debt so that we can compete w/China for another year.

    July 5, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    Mitt man can't break free of his romneycare or talk to people about the conomy because he is a milionaire.
    Your biy fromtexas is too devisive because ofbhisbright wing stand and the bible thumpers who follow him.
    That being said it's almost funny, but definitely ironic, to think back to 1620 and the Pilgrims who came over the the new land for RELIGIOUS FREEDOM!!!!!!!
    These rethugs want to take us pre 1620 and back to the my religion or die or leave! They are not going to win this carrying that bible and leaving everyone out who is not a "christian". Whatever that christianity represents nowadays!

    July 5, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. sbp

    "It is an undeniable fact that Barack Obama has failed to create jobs and fix the economy"

    I thought it was the business of the private sector to create jobs, and that the government was supposed to stay out of it. Conservatives – They only stick to their "principles" when it is expedient.

    July 5, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. demetri

    If you think that the Government should be run like a business (top down, the interest of the investors or bigest investors) than vote for Romney or any other Republcan, but if you think the government is not a businesss and exist to serve, and protect it's people and therefore needs a public servant, then vote Democrat. Romney is a busy man. II admire his business sense and accomplishments, but these business princiiples cannot be applied to a government system, who primary clients are the people. It is just a fact. We will all lose, especailly those who don't have the resouces, money to get up, leave and start over someplace else.

    July 5, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. michaelam

    All of the GOP presidential candidates are insane and not worthy of ever leading this once great nation. Romney, however, is the most vile, lying, flip-flopping contender the GOP has ever put forward; the man scares the ca ca out of me. NO ONE will ever know the "real" or "true" Mitt Romney because he has changed his position on issues more than he has changed his magic underware!

    Voters beware-–ALL Republicans lie; that is what they do best. Romney, however, is the reincarnation of Pinocchio!

    July 5, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. tulsa, ok

    Dear Just a thought....
    What makes you think we "fear" anything?
    Most of us liberal minded folk on here work for a living, pay taxes and vote. We don't want anything for nothing. What we do not like id for the wealthy and corporations to NOT PAY. They reap all the rewards but incur non of the hardship. That is not right by any measure.
    By the way, invoking God is a cowardly way out of an argument..it tells me you have no argument at all, just more lies (sinful)... and it worked really well for Palin last election, let's see how it works for Perry.

    July 5, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. Liberal4Obama

    I dont care if you are a republican or a democrat, you cant watch that ad and not believe that is anything short of the biggest flip flop in the history of flip flops.

    July 5, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. vet in texas

    So if Obama doesn't get elected and one of the current list of GOP candidates actually wins the WH........if Obama is so bad, how long does the new POTUS get to blame Obama, I mean any GOPer gets furious when you mention Bush (within the 1st 6 months in office to present), and Obama was "such a failure", and W was "part of the problem".........they GOP should get the country back on track, debt down, 5% unemployment in their 1st year of office. As a matter of fact, WI, FL, and NJ should all have low unemployment since the GOP took over 1/1/2011.

    I want the usual GOP followers who post here to admit that W. was an abject failure, and Cheney was a complete crook. If you can honestly do that, then you can honestly criticize Obama, because voting for them twice, when the rest of the country and world knew it............limits your credibility on how truthfull Obama's criticism needs to be and about what he can actually control.
    Everything called failing for Obama, has already been implemented, suggested, or proposed by the GOP in the last 30 years.

    If amnesty is good enough for Reagan, it's good enough for Obama
    If healthcare is good enough for the heritage foundation, the senate (SB 1773), Dole, Romney, etc., it's good enough for Obama
    If raising taxes over 11 times is good enough for Reagan and Bush (Reagan actually did 11 times, Bush....read his lips), it's good enough for Obama
    If cap and trade is good enough for HW, then it's good enough for Obama.

    you won't hear this on the gold salesman's radio shows, or the emergency food seller's television shows, if you did, you couldn't get as furious.

    There is a reason Reagan's 11th commandment was not to talk ill of other conservatives, since they all say the same things, they would expose what they really do and who they really serve, not any of us on this post, you need assets up to a million just to be considered, otherwise you get sent on your way with a mug and called a "real American"......

    July 5, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. clarke

    So the President is a one man band. He was and is suppose to fix everything on his own. Where is congress, where is everyone else who also made a promise to the American people. The President didn't get us in the mess all by himself and he can't get us out all by himself. Where are all the elected politicians who are suppose to be working for us.

    July 5, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  13. Go Mitten, go

    Don't let your detractors on the left or the right hold you down.

    July 5, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. maxdenn

    Mittie. I will be casting my vote President Obama's way and against you.

    July 5, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. once upon a horse

    @ Just as I thought.....
    doesn't it say somewhere in the Bible about the "rich taking care of the poor" and "he amongst you without sin cast the first stone"? You don't have to be a right wing religious zealot to read the Bible you know.

    July 5, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. michaelam

    @Just as I Thought--thank you for providing an insightful comment on the reasons Perry will NOT be a great president nor win the GOP nomination. He is a self-proclaimed false PROPHET! Keep God OUT of politics! We have Separation of Church and State in this country and I suggest you educate yourself....and NOT from textbooks from Texas!

    July 5, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  17. clarke

    Something else I would like to say. I am tired at all the finger pointing and blaming others, we need to work together, stop making deals for votes on other bills and start thinking about the USA. Biggest of all, the American people are NOT stupid so stop treating us as such just to get a vote. Please.

    July 5, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. maxdenn

    Mitt? There's not a whole lot of there, there. I rank him up there with Palin, Bachmann and Gingrich

    July 5, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. Get A Grip

    Obama has spent more money during his short time in office then ALL Presidents combined starting with George Washington. Not sure Romney is the answer and I'm sure Obama is NOT the answer. Thank goodness our 'Failure in Chief' will be out of the White House in 2012!

    July 5, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  20. Jimi

    Seems reasonable assessment to me of what Obama has and hasn't done.. Promised a lot and delivered virtually nothing apart from another war we don't want. Romney will be the next President.

    July 5, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  21. vet in texas

    If you've lost the brown vote completely (except for Cain, and the other black dude who sang at tea party rallies), lost the public workers in several key states (NJ, FL, WI, MI, OH), lost a majority of the seniors (the Ryan plan), how do you expect to win in 2012 with this list of retreads, losers, unknowns and unwanteds?

    Paul has great ideas, but not at all realistic, much less possible to get the votes (the Kochs do not want the fed broken up, thus this will never happen, but good to hear), Cain is in over his head (see the right to return interview), Santorum is boring and extreme (how they handled their newborn who unfortunately passed with the family portraits and rides with the corpse), Pawlenty who is not strong and left MN in horrible shape (folded hard face to face w/ Romney in the debate), Gingrich (supported the mandate back when the Heritage foundation did back in 89', and the overbearing former mistress/current wife/), and I can't forget the wonder twins Bachmann and Palin (together they aren't strong enough to lead a football team out of the tunnell), and not to mention Rick Perry (TP texans don't even like him, ask him about our budget deficit and foriegn as often as possible and you see why, don't forget the HPV vaccine). Unless you can raise the ghost of Reagan, there is not a strong enough person with enough facts, and personality to beat Obama. Period!.

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

    I will never vote for a Republican but Obama's base is going to desert him if unemployment is anywhere near %9 next election. The koolaid drinking partisans can say what they want but change we can believe in included specifically lowering the unemployment rate.

    July 5, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. Bob

    This is weak. Why are Dems such wuses? All they have to do is tie Romney to his own positions and policies. He's the king of the flip flop. The only consistent thing about him is that he'll say and do anything to get elected.

    July 5, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. jimbo

    Oh! What a liar! If your are a typical Morman, then I feel sorry for all of you. I wouldn't vote for you if you were the only one running.

    July 5, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. Linda

    Romney made his millions by bankrupting American companies and putting Americans out of work. How dare he blame Obama for no jobs/ His party votes no on anything that would create jobs, like new high speed rail lines and other projects to put Americans to work. He is a multimillionaire because he had no problem destroying American jobs and now he wants to be president? Americans are much smarter than you think, you liar! You have nor morals nor ethics, only greed and untruths.

    July 5, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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