Romney gets hit from both sides
September 6th, 2011
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Romney gets hit from both sides

(CNN) - Critics on both sides of the political aisle hit Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney Tuesday ahead of his jobs address.

Brad Woodhouse, the communications director for the Democratic National Committee, said the former Massachusetts governor has not expressed "a single original idea on the economy in the entire time he has been running for president."

"Unless Mitt Romney breaks with every policy that he's adopted on the campaign trail, his plan will just be a retread of the tired policies that led our country to the brink of a second Great Depression," Woodhouse said in an email Tuesday.

Romney is set to unveil his plan in Las Vegas that, according to a piece he penned in USA Today published Tuesday, will include 59 specific proposals to improve the economy. His address comes two days before President Barack Obama is set to lay out his plan in a joint session of Congress.

Fellow GOP presidential candidate and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who released his own plan to spur economic growth last week, struck Romney in a new web video Tuesday comparing the records of the two former governors.

"Governor Huntsman's free-market, pro-growth policies took Utah to #1 in job creation while Governor Romney's policies brought about the opposite," Huntsman campaign spokesman Tim Miller said in a statement. "We already have one president with a dismal record on jobs; Americans aren't looking for another one."

Romney was also criticized by FreedomWorks, a conservative grassroots organization, for using members of the movement as political props.

"Memo to Mitt: we are not props for another stump speech," Matt Kibbe, president and CEO of FreedomWorks, wrote in a statement. "We care about substantive policies that lift the burden of big government from our struggling economy."

The former 2008 presidential candidate, who had not reached out specifically to the voting bloc, appeared at a rally sponsored by the Tea Party Express over the weekend before participating in a presidential forum Monday headed by tea party favorite, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint.

"Romney's appearance at the weekend's rally smacks of political opportunism. Until he realized the GOP nomination wasn't a lock, Romney didn't even reach out to the movement to show solidarity, much less attend a Tea Party rally," Kibbe wrote. "His record as a governor and presidential candidate stand in stark contrast to tea party principles and goals."

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. james Miller

    You just watch !!! Romney`s jobs plan will be the same old "TRICKLE DOWN" formula Reagan gave us. Start at the top and let the money trickle down to the bottom. What`s left might create "a" job, but the corporation will surely get the benefits FIRST.

    September 6, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    "the Democratic National Committee, said the former Massachusetts governor has not expressed "a single original idea on the economy in the entire time he has been running for president."

    As a former businessman, perhaps Mitt will be sharing how many jobs HE has HIMSELF created in his past 2 presidential campaign cycles, especially during the 2007-2011 time frame. Beyond hiring (and firing) campaign staffers, that is. Firing folks is a Romney business speciality. Hiring, not so much. Too bad Romney wasn't concerned enough about his fellow citizens to put that business experience he pats himself over the back as having to good use during these past years of high unemployment and actually work within the business community to get jobs going for those who most need them, instead of sitting back and pointing fingers. Millions of lost jobs later, here he comes touting his "vast" business experience, ready to finally "tackle" high unemployment.

    September 6, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Huntsman campaign spokesman Tim Miller said in a statement. "We already have one president with a dismal record on jobs; Americans aren't looking for another one."
    While the current monthly jobs numbers leave much to be desired, considering where he started (-700,000 jobs/month and -3.5% GDP) Obama has an excellent record. When you consider that the Republican plan in Oct 2008 was do nothing, look at where that took us by Jan 2009. Imagine where we would have been by Jun 2009 when the Great Recession ended, which was after the Stimulus kicked in.

    September 6, 2011 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. Laverne

    I don't like Perry or Romney, but glad Perry entered the race to give Romney a run for his money (literally). Mitt Romney thought he had this thing in the bag, but now is squirming like the snake he really is!

    September 6, 2011 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. Publius Novus

    Romney's "plan" is no different from any of the other GOP "plans." 1) kill healthcare; 2) reduce taxes (further); 3) reduce regulations; 4) increase domestic energy production; and 5) repeal Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank. He adds a sixth point, which essentially is "rename everything after Reagan." None of these things will create jobs, because all are intended to stimulate supply. The problem is a lack of demand, not a lack of supply fellas. You can keep pushing that wet noodle of tax reduction until it goes to zero, but it ain't gonna make any new jobs. Meanwhile, the proposals to reduce regulation and repeal S-O and D-F will only free up the Wall Streeters to pay themselves more ill-gotten money and drive the economy back into the ditch, which is where Obama found it. I will grant you that this recovery is going slower than anyone–except Boehner, Cantor & McConnell–would like, but it has been going in the right direction.

    BTW, has anyone else noticed that the recovery slowed down right after the Bush tax cuts were extended?

    September 6, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    This is what happens when you're a constant flip-flopper. It's hard to hold your ground. This just goes to show how phony Willard is. He'll pander to anyone to get elected.

    September 6, 2011 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    Why did Romney chose not to run for re-election as governor of Massachussetts in 2006? Why has he consistently avoided answering that question? One term as governor of any state, without standing for re-election, does not qualify anyone for the presidency. What arrogance does it take to think that is enough political executive experience to take on the most important political post in the country? People need to ask themselves that question. This is not about Obama, this is about Romney: besides being forced to sign a healthcare law he now runs from, what else did he do that was significant? He oversaw the completion of the " Big Dig" project, a public works project pushed by GOP governors prior to Romney: wait, thats infrastructure, I forgot, the GOP does not want infrastructure projects unless they are given to foreign companies, like the way Mitch Daniels and Rick Perry did. Oops, my bad.

    September 6, 2011 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  8. A Repulbican

    I'm not obama is their only strategy?!?!? Come on fellow repub is this the best we can do, Romney ( a democrat in hiding or change positions like I change underwear, or i create jobs, no Private Equity firms cut jobs to make money plain and simple), or Perry (I used to be a deomocrat for Gore and promoted the benefits of HillaryCare), Bachman (I'm really crazy, yes I really believe what I say fool and vote for me), I'm so disappointed with our choices – I'll just stay home, I refuse to be a part of this fiasco we call the republican campaigns.

    September 6, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  9. Ogelthorp

    Mitt Romney is just another union busting right wing conservative with one goal in mind break the back of the middle class. Anyone that would even consider voting for any of the wingnut republicans running for the GOP nomination is insane. And any middle class or poor person that would support any republocan is a fool. If you have not figured out by now that the republicans are only serving their corporate masters not the American people you are living in a cave somewhere in the hills. wake people before there is no middle class it will just be rich and poor the way the republicans want it.

    September 6, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |

    Romney is a sham.

    September 6, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  11. Randy, San Francisco

    Although Romney would be the strongest GOP challenger for Obama, he won't get a chance because moderate candidates cannot pass the Tea Party/evangelical social conservative purity test.

    September 6, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. d

    None of them have any new ideas only have failed policy to try again...sad repubs have nothing! and bring nothing new

    September 6, 2011 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. maf

    The Congress with a <20% approval rating had better get back to what they campaigned on in 2010 JOBS! If they continue to thwart the process, they will not help their chances of gaining control of any of the other branches of government in 2012.
    If the President is NOT responsible for job growth, then businesses need to step up. If businesses are hedging their bets and hoping for a more receptive climate to hire in, they will NOT get it if the GObP get back into the WH. Good businesses have confidence in any market and in any economy. Just means they have to be smarter! You still have to spend money to make money. Two sides to the deficit situation. No spending = no money moving in the economy. If you are holding on to your savings and the markets tank (yo-yo'ing like crazy these days), your money is worth NOTHING! I for one would rather consume so that I do my part in generating some activity, rather than holding on to some worthless paper should we hit a DEPRESSION! Partisan politics won't mean very much in a depression as it will be both parties responsible for allowing the collapse. At that point, you can wipe the slate clean, sweep incumbents out and start from scratch. There are good politicians and bad politicians, but this partisan BS is making everyone look the same!

    September 6, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. rs

    The problem with Romney is the problem of the Tea Party. Romney is essentially a moderate, with some limited, but proven government leadership in his role as Govvernor of Mass. He even has a hugely successful Health Care program to tout. Unfortunately, he needs to pivot rigtward into insanity land to get the new Republican base to support him, and that will turn off every Democrat, and most Independents in an election. If he stays middle of the road, he may will the Presidency, but he can't do that without getting the primary victories first. Even if he did pick up the Republican Presidential nomination, the Tea Party neanderthals will crucify him for any number of suppossed sins.

    September 6, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. Greg

    Romney is a slick used-car salesman, nothing more.

    September 6, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. Woman In California

    I'm STILL waiting for him to go into a white area and ask "who let the dogs out"? Still waiting...

    September 6, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. Mark

    Romney is a consolidator and jobs cutter, but that's what the
    government needs. He did a good job as governor of Mass,
    even showing a compassionate side.

    There are not enough extreme conservatives to carry Perry
    to the White House. Republicans better figure out fast that
    Romney is the only viable choice. Otherwise we're stuck
    with Obama and Chicago-style politics for another 4 years.

    September 6, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  18. once upon a horse

    Please tell me how a guy that is a multi-millionaire with several multi-million dollar homes can relate to the average American worker. Has he ever had to decide which bill he can pay this month? What is the best healthcare plan for his family or if he may need to take a second job to make ends meet? Here this guy is expanding his LaJolla home so his kids can come back and visit and bring their kids and we have people that are qualified and can't find work in this country yet he can relate to them and call himself unemployed.

    September 6, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |