Romney hits July jobs report as a 'moral failure'
August 3rd, 2012
01:33 PM ET
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Romney hits July jobs report as a 'moral failure'

North Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) – Mitt Romney said Friday in Nevada that a monthly jobs report showing the unemployment rate rising from 8.2% to 8.3% proved President Barack Obama had failed to stem the suffering of 23 million Americans still out of work.

The same report showed 163,000 jobs were created in July, a statistic the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said represented only one element of a larger, disappointing record.

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"I'm not going to look so much at every monthly statistic, as much as to say this continues a pattern of American families really struggling, having hard times, and the president's to blame for not having gotten the economy back on track," Romney said after a campaign rally in Las Vegas. Nevada is a battleground state whose unemployment rate is well above the national average.

"A lot of people are suffering in this country," Romney continued. "I think it's an extraordinary failure of policy, a failure of leadership, and I think it's a moral failure for a country as successful and prosperous as our own to go now four years in a mode which feels to many people as a recession."

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Speaking at his campaign rally, Romney offered his own five-point plan as an alternative to what he said were Obama's failed policies.

"These numbers are not just statistics," Romney said. "These are real people, really suffering, having hard times. Twenty-three million Americans out of work or stopped looking for work or under employed."

"This is an extraordinary record of failure," the Republican candidate continued. "The president's policies are not working because he thinks government makes America work. He is wrong."

Romney's plan, which he rolled out Thursday at an event in Colorado, is a simplified campaign message that utilizes traditional conservative stances he says will "get the middle class working again."

The proposals include ramping up domestic energy production; increasing trade and job training; focusing on deficit reduction; and boosting small businesses, with Romney promising that, if elected, he would deliver on them to unleash the full potential of the U.S. economy.

Taking questions from the press following his event, Romney responded to allegations from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that he has not been paying his taxes, reiterating his call for Reid to "put up or shut up."

"Harry, who are your sources? Let's have Harry explain who that is," Romney said.

The candidate said firmly, "I have paid taxes every year, and a lot of taxes, so Harry is wrong."

Asked to weigh in on a pair of culture clashes within the GOP - the growing debate about Chick-fil-A, and its president's opposition to same-sex marriage, and Rep. Michele Bachmann's effort to find Muslim extremists within the federal government - Romney demurred.

"I'm not going to tell other people what things to talk about. Those are not things that are part of my campaign," Romney said.

CNN's Shawna Shepherd and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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soundoff (193 Responses)
  1. i want a mega rich Mormon who hides his money overseas, and a master tax evader as presiden

    Mitt the twit. The English really know how to hit the nail on the head. Mitt is just a rich empty suit, who enjoys dancing bears and horses ...I'll vote for bush before this golden magic underwear man who prays for dead people.

    August 3, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. vic , nashville ,tn

    Before we vote for Romney first we have to believe him, he is not backing his records with proof
    Every month first Friday Romney’s day this will be the last Friday he will have fun

    August 3, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  3. @ California Gary

    Fewer than about 125,000 jobs per month means that we aren't even keeping up with the natural rise in population, so of course it's a bad thing!

    August 3, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  4. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    Free sdvice to Mr. Romney: avoid words that can come back to haunt you. Case in point, your penchant for using the word "moral" forgetting your tax evasion issues and your shameless betting againt your country by hiding money overseas. Get a Thesaurus! Others words to avoid: "truth", "felony", "lies", "outsourcing" and the whole "health care" business. You are welcome.

    August 3, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. v4865

    Moral failure -–mittens! !

    August 3, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  6. Wake up people

    Oh Willard, just shut the pluck up and show us your taxes. The economy is recovering WITHOUT a bit of help from the rethugs. What happened to jobs, jobs, jobs?? I know it turned into birth certificate, birth certificate, birth certificate. Well now its time for you to put up or shut up!

    OBAMA 2012!

    August 3, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  7. 1+1=2

    What's the plan Romney?

    August 3, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  8. truth hurts

    obama has gone far beyond being a moral failure.... he's proven himself to be a full blown incompetent the likes of which we have not seen in this country since jimmy carter. four more years of this clueless empty suit and we'll all be out of a job and the country bankrupt. and obama will continue to spout his lies and blame. after all he's from haaaarvad. he can never be a failure.

    August 3, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. JohnRJohnson

    Therefore, Mitt Romney thinks he is more moral than Barack Obama. The implication is the same strategy that has been used by the GOP for the last 3 1/2 years - Obama is the "other", not really an American. Not really a Christian. I suppose there are people out there who eat this stuff up, probably because they hate Obama too much to be rational about it.

    If there has been any "moral failure", it has been on the part of the Republicans in Congress who have been the hostile, obstructive lawmakers since the Civil War. They have blocked any plan which the President has proposed or supported, especially if it looked as though it might work. They could not risk giving the President any accomplishments, even if those bills had been previously supported or even co-sponsored by members of their own caucus.

    The immorality of the GOP lies in its thirst for power and willingness to do ANYTHING to ensure political victory. Mitt Romney fits right in with that philosophy. He will say ANYTHING to win, even if he is contradicting things he said the day before.

    August 3, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    Mitt Romney might do well to stop throwing out one lie after another against the current President of the United States least the stench from Romney's self-promoting "accomplishments" causes a stumble off the lofty perch of Romney's own ladder of "moral failures".

    August 3, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. IRAYD84U

    we're is sara palin when we need her cant wait to see bush on the campain trail wth mittens

    August 3, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  12. Governor 47th In Job Creation (Excluding Off-shored to China and India)

    Not paying one's fair share of taxes while a war is taking place is a moral failure. Taking people's jobs and pensions so you can create more wealth for yourself and hide said wealth overseas while your country is fighting a war started under false pretenses by a cabinet whom you have raided for your own soon to be failed presidential run is a moral failure. Consistently lying: to become governor of MA, lying about Romneycare, lying about statements that you said (and captured on video) is a moral failure and most unbecoming of a Mormon. Hiding from your wife's "lifelong dream" because it is poor optics showing you to be the out of touch elitist that you are is a moral failure. Splicing comments to make hack political ads is a moral failure.
    Willard Romney is a moral failure.

    August 3, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  13. Luke,AZ

    Gov. Romney is NOT presidential material. He does'nt connect well with the average joe or jane. But, the issue really is'nt about Gov. Romney it's about the direction of our country. President Obama since day one has been fighting for the poor and the middle class while Gov. Romney has represented the interests of the wealthy. Happy Birthday President Obama !!!

    August 3, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  14. jake

    163000 jobs is a lot better than losing 750000 !!!!

    August 3, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  15. rlj

    Moral? Mitt wants more jobs to be added so there will be more people for him to fire.

    August 3, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  16. Age of Fools...

    More needs to be done....Obama phrasing it as if someone else ought to do it...Perhaps Romney is the ONE....

    August 3, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. Fair is Fair

    If he gets reelected, look at
    the mess he's going to inherit."
    BEST post of the day.

    August 3, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. Peggy Munro

    Privilege, private schools, top rated university education and wealth = Non starter

    August 3, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. givemea break

    He has to put some sort of emotional 'morality' to every issue. It plays on the pathetic visceral responses of misinformed people. It's just a cheap shot to elicit outrage.

    August 3, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  20. putusabackontop

    Even now, the President and his advisors have not one clue about how to deal with the economy or jobs. He hasn't helped any in 4 years with 1.5 trillion dollars given to him as a weapon and today he wants to raise taxes on small businesses. Wow....

    August 3, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  21. Pander Bear

    Only in Republicanville can an increase in jobs equate to a "moral failure". Mitty's answer is to give himself a tax break – which he won't report obviously.

    August 3, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. California Gary

    Over 100,000 new jobs is a bad thing? Compared to the hundreds of thousands of jobs being lost each month when Obama took office.......I'd say that is a very good thing! Like it or not, under Obama we have stopped the bleeding and are beginning to recover. Romney would open those old "trickle down" wounds and let us just bleed out.

    August 3, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. Rav18

    Um....I do not think that word means what you think it means.

    August 3, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  24. MRTexas

    Moral-failure??? You sure are Mitt...163,000 added...where were you when Bush was losing 100'sK jobs per month before the President came into office? Never want to look at where we were,...keep hiding and spinning Mitt...Just use your etch-a-sketch!

    August 3, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  25. Kris

    I want a President who wont release a real birth certificate or school records for President

    August 3, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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