Embed America: What The Candidates Don't Know About Jobs
Mike Thomas, 52, at a Lewiston, Maine job fair, a regular stop in two years of looking for work.
July 12th, 2012
02:49 PM ET
11 years ago

Embed America: What The Candidates Don't Know About Jobs

Lewiston, Maine (CNN) – There are a dozen issues Embed America is covering first hand this month, crisscrossing the highways of America. None of them gets more time at the political podium than jobs.

But in Lewiston, Maine people told us that the candidates neither understand the problem nor how to solve it. And Lewiston, nicknamed “the industrial heart of Maine," is a near perfect sample of what’s happening across the country – a place that is both creating some jobs and suffering because it has too far few of them.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
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  1. Fair is Fair

    Obama couldn't run a bake sale and come up with a profit.

    July 12, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. Myviewis

    Is Mike Thomas aware that Obama's campaign accepted a donation (money) from David Friend, CEO of Carbonite and Obama is against outsourcing of jobs? This article does state that Carbonite closed its location in India. Obama accepts money from the very thing he is against. I guess Obama doesn't really care where monies come from because he truly doesn't care about Outsourcing jobs. Its just a gimmick to bring Romney down with voters and he can win and keep going with this disaster of an economy.

    July 12, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  3. demwit

    Didn't Maike and Maine vote for Obama in 2008?? Ohhhh.. I see. Great non-story Embed America.

    July 12, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    Mitt Romney is for shipping jobs to CHINA, INDIA etc, BAIN-CAPITAL proved. Watch you tube when mitt Romney came to town....enjoy. Obama12.

    July 12, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Lady Fair – Mittens does not even know what baked goods are, let alone have a bake sale without outsourcing the work to India. Donuts in india must be know as chocolate goodies.

    July 12, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. Glöber

    Why don't you guys give Gary Johnson some coverage? You know that he's a legitimate candidate (more so than Bachman, Santorum, Cain, and Gingrich ever were). He's got good ideas, and he's a good alternative to this backwards two party system that currently runs everything.

    July 12, 2012 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  7. joney

    The government has been targeting Spanish speakers with radio “novelas” promoting food stamp usage as part of a stated mission to increase participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps.

    Each novela, comprising a 10-part series called “PARQUE ALEGRIA,” or “HAPPINESS PARK,” presents a semi-dramatic scenario involving characters convincing others to get on food stamps, or explaining how much healthier it is to be on food stamps.

    July 12, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  8. Nc_writer

    The issue of creating jobs is not something either candidate can control. All the government can do us get out of the way of business and create a positive environment for job creation.

    If Romney managed consultants the recommended jobs be outsourced, them isn't it fair to ask why they recommended that? The answer is that The United States, in a large part because of govt regulation, is a bad place to put jobs. Consultants recommend what is best for the business, what will get the job done at the least cost to the company. The was not and still is not the United States.

    So ask which candidate is most interested in controlling business and you have the one least likely to solve the jobs issue. The mor Obama does, the more afraid businesses are to source labor from the US. The "affordable" care act will just run that cost even higher and cost the US more jobs.

    If you don't understand economics, learn. Ask questions.

    July 12, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  9. lies from the right but mostly hate

    Obama has knocked out the taliban that everyone was worrying about from 2001-2008 when they really should have then been worried about the economy!!

    July 13, 2012 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  10. Stoney

    Has harry Reid opened any of his income records? He wouldn't have the guts to be a dog catcher.

    July 13, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |