June 5th, 2012
07:47 PM ET
11 years ago

Romney demands an Obama jobs plan

Fort Worth, Texas (CNN) – In Texas one week after the state helped him unofficially clinch the GOP nomination, Mitt Romney accused President Barack Obama of putting politics before a plan to create more jobs.

"[W]ith America in crisis, with 23 million people out of work or stopped looking for work, he hasn't put forth a plan to get us working again," Romney said Tuesday. "Now I know we're getting close to an election so he'll come out with one soon, but three and a half years later, we're waiting."

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Speaking at his first campaign event since the latest jobs report was released that revealed unemployment in May ticked up to 8.2%, Romney spoke optimistically about the state of the economy while taking a swipe at Obama's re-election campaign slogan and his accomplishments in office.

"I really hope that things are getting better. And there's some signs things are getting better, albeit at a very slow rate. The president wants to hang onto that twig, that maybe he made things a little better, but the truth is, he did not make things better. If they get better it's in spite of him, not because of him," he said.

"A lot of people in this country are having hard times and in the light of that, it's kind of surprising to me that the president has chosen as his campaign slogan, 'Forward.'" Romney asked rhetorically, "Forward over a cliff?"

Romney echoed recent statements that the Democratic president was blaming the economic downturn on former President George H.W. Bush and Congress.

"After three and half years people have figured out this is Obama's economy, not George Bush's economy," Romney said. "And, he blames Congress, he goes after Congress, but we remember the president's own party had a super majority in both houses for his first two years, so you can hardly blame Congress for the faults that he's put in place himself, and so he's casting about looking for someone to blame and just hasn't been able to find anybody - whether it's the ATM machines or the tsunami or Europe."

Obama's re-election team rejected Romney's "putting jobs first" banner displayed at his rally, adding in an email statement the former businessman's "only goal was creating wealth for himself and his investors."

"Now he wants to bring back the same policies that crashed the economy and devastated the middle class in the first place: budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthiest on the middle class' dime and letting Wall Street write its own rules. Romney Economics didn't work then and it won't work now," Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said.

Romney, who served one-term as Massachusetts governor, is on a two-day fund-raising blitz through the Lone Star state. Romney used the rally in Fort Worth, which was held at a Hispanic family-owned Southwest Office Systems, to warn against the United States facing a deeper economic crisis like Greece.

"I happen to believe, by the way, that despite all of the angst and the fear and the uncertainty that is felt around this country today – even right here, the Puente family saying 'look, we don't want to hire extra people right now, cause we don't know what the future looks like. We're concerned,'" Romney said, speaking to hundreds in the warehouse of the office equipment dealer.

"I'm absolutely convinced if we stay on the road we're on with this president that our future will continue to dramatically under-perform America's historic growth and prosperity and perhaps at some point hit a Greece-like wall."

Romney's visit comes days before the Texas Republican Party convention in Fort Worth and according to one official, the party extended several invitations to the Romney campaign before it was declined.

"We would love to have Gov. Romney attend our convention and address our delegates," said Texas GOP Communications Director Chris Elam. "We're disappointed he won't be able to make time in his schedule."

The other Republican presidential candidate still in the race, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, will speak at the Fort Worth gathering, as well as one-time White House hopefuls Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

During his two-day visit Romney will not meet with former presidents and Texas residents George H.W. Bush, who endorsed Romney in March, and George W. Bush, who offered an off-the-cuff endorsement last month. Officials with Bush 41 and 43 tell CNN the former presidents are traveling and not in the state.

Romney referred to the crowded presidential field and thanked Texas for receiving their more than 100 delegates to lock in the Republican nomination.

"Thank you Texas for taking me over the line and helping me get the nomination. Thank you! That was, that was good news and you guys worked hard to get me over that line. I appreciate it very much. Your governor has been a great friend. We had a lot of people in the contest. We all came together because we recognize there's something we've got to do as Republicans - come together to defeat Barack Obama and take back America."

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Texas
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Chris

    Hey uh... Mitt? Yeah he's already put out several. Your friends in the House have said "NO!" Before they can even be read every time.

    June 5, 2012 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  2. arale norimaki

    Romney's campaign is based on the notion that because of what he did at Bain he understands the economy. It's perfectly reasonable to examine what his experience at Bain really taught him. After all, Bain wasn't in the business of creating jobs, it was in the business of making money

    June 5, 2012 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  3. 2020

    Is Romney in a coma? The President put out a job plan to Congress 15 months ago, and blocked in everyway by the tea baggers, and Beohner has no courage to get his GOP wild horses in to work. This Romney guy sounds so much like a alien, just drop in now to run for president. He has no idea what is going on, and never see real people eye to eye.

    June 5, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  4. 2020

    if Romney tells the GOP in Congress to get off their horses and do a day of work, the job bill can be passed in one day. It has been there for 15 months collecting dust. Romney, if you are real, get on your phone, or tweet your buddies in Congress.

    June 5, 2012 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  5. Ann

    And what is alexithemic Mitt's plan exactly?

    June 5, 2012 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  6. don in albuquerque

    What we're waiting on is you to say something with any substance to it Mittens. Oh and you cannot flip flop on it a couple of hours later. Yeah, real presidential material, wish they had nominated Moon Mayor, he would have at least been good for comedy relief.

    June 5, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Creating wealth for billionaires and investors, not job creation is Mittens, the money launderer's gift. Tax evasion and raiding pensions is something that Mittens takes pride in.

    June 5, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    4.2 million jobs created in Obama's three years, versus the loss of 8 million jobs in Bush's last three years. Mittens then surrounds himself with Bush cronies to take us back to the near depression.

    June 5, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  9. Joseph

    I don't think Rommney should be demanding anything, without providing a proposal for his jobs plan first. As a resident of massachussets when he was govenor it was not a prosperous time for those in the job market. Jobs were scarce and very unstable. I'd hate to see his massachussets failure placed on a national level.

    June 5, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  10. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Since when can Romney DEMAND anything of the president.??? Not only that ,but if he wants to know were Obamas job plans are ....tell him to ask the Repubs and to look in their waste baskets because they have dumped everything the president has put forth just as they said they would when he was inaugurated. They have thwarted every move and every plan President Obama has put forth and we the voters are well aware of this and will let the Repubs know how we feel about it in November as we have our own plans for them. !!!FACT!!!

    June 5, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  11. Melo-D

    If Willard doesn't understand the difference between the US economy and Greece's, well he doesn't deserve to be president. The fact is he does know the difference but he has to stick to the GOP talking points. God forbid the guy saying something that's not scripted. And they rag on Obama for using a teleprompter.

    June 5, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  12. normajean @ verizon ,com

    I wonder how the people of Massachusetts feel about Romney still being called governor when he was such a failure in their state?? He didn't even finish his term....can't do that if you are president, you know!!! He and the Republicans like to talk about coming together for the good of the country......Isn't it odd that the word together slipped their minds after Obama became president. Togetherness is not in their vocabulary!!!!

    June 5, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  13. Al

    Obama does not have a jobs plan. No one really believes that Obama wants to see the people working, face it so long as there are people that are collecting Unemployment, Welfare, Food Stamps and many other such programs he knows that it's a paid vote. He's counting on more people being unemployed to secure his job, and then he can get his team of OWS thugs to chant that there is not enough taxes being collected, then the other side of the plate states that the government is overspending, it's all on if you do or don't work and are productive.

    June 5, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  14. Name

    What a waste of air!

    June 5, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Frankly I don't think that Romney can really speak. HIs jobs plan is nothing new or exciting. It is more of the same from both parties; this is from everyone. Romney's plan is so vague that it becomes laughable.

    June 5, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  16. Michelle

    Good thing all those tax payers paid for all the security that this "presidential HOPEFUL" had today! Good thing the people sat and lapped up the things he was saying....although he didn't say much. No wonder I can't find the whole video, even CNN decided that it was a waste of an hour.

    June 6, 2012 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  17. Namethomas

    We know his plan. What is yours? If you are elected, you will not have a majority in congress. The american people are really tired of the people of no.

    June 6, 2012 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  18. ThinkAgain

    It's just unbelievable how easily Mittens lies and how dumb people are to think that all the policies he's proposing for our country are the exact same ones that got us into this mess: Tax cuts for the wealthy who ship American jobs overseas and deregulation of industries whose only concern is for short-term profit.

    The long-term GOP plan is to turn average Americans against each other, reducing us to a squabbling third-world nation while all the rich Americans focus on exploiting the emerging economies of China and India to the fullest. Our country will just fall into the dustbin of history and Mittens and his ilk won't even bother to look back, because they'll have theirs and to hell with the rest of us.

    June 6, 2012 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  19. krl

    The name of the game is one up man ship what i mean by that is romney tells people what he feels as though what they want to hear to get what he wants buy lying to the american people now if he would tell the truth which is very diffult for him to do and that is if he want to become president and run the country like he ran the state of massasachusett then we are going to be 47th in the world like massasachusett was 47th in the country up under romney

    June 6, 2012 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  20. Zack

    I would like to see Romney's plan also. Without corporate welfare and tax cuts for the super rich. How can someone who ranked 47th in job creation as governor of Massachusetts be serious about economic issues. Also, how can you say he is a fiscal conservative or any other republican if he/she advocates for tax cuts. Which has been told that actually adds money to the deficit.

    June 6, 2012 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  21. geggyg

    Pres Obama has had several jobs plans , but they were either blocked or reduced in impact by republicans in the senate , a lot of what was passed by state govenors to help balance their budgets. Little was left over to actually fund new projects in most states.

    June 6, 2012 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  22. Kevin

    Take back America to where?

    June 6, 2012 04:18 am at 4:18 am |
  23. Monwell D. Gaskins

    Hi. There are going to take TOGETHERNESS. 1. JOBS- Worldwide put investments in each personal. 2. National hands on "Training Needed" within there skills. 3. GROWTH- IN MARKETS PLACE-need investments with ,All states at an table talking ECONOMY GOALS FOR AMERICAN . 4. Highlights- The size of the overall amount of needed, an Seniors, Homelessness,Disabled, point to the issues an invest FUNDS. in the AMOUNTOF-3.2 TRILLION. 5.Follow-Ups and Strong Oversight!.

    June 6, 2012 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  24. s

    is this guy in the 21 century!!!! Hello where are your plans NOT, lets look at congress and see where the jobs are. This guy just doens't seem to have a brain, the wizard of oz must be looking for him. How sad to watch him look like a MORON day in and day out.

    June 6, 2012 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  25. Wake up people

    Wow, and of course the media will side with him and demand it also, forgetting the POTUS has put together a jobs plan but the treasonous, obstructive congress rejected it. Since Robmey is demanding things so am I. I demand that he show his tax returns for the past 10 years along with his college transcripts. People had better get out and vote because these rethugs are going to try to steal this election.

    OBAMA 2012!

    June 6, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
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