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. James

    About about offshoring? What about the moral failure of that Mitt?

    August 3, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  2. Obama/Biden - 2012 - Slightly Better than the Great Depression

    if obama gets re-elected who will he blame for his failures in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016???? will he still blame everybody else??? honesty people, four more years of this crazy blame game? are you serious???!!

    August 3, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. where your nightmares end WILLARD begins

    sorry Mitt but I am a bit confused is adding jobs, almost double what was added in May and June to the economy a moral failure? The only failure I can see here are the people that are falling for the crap you're giving them. But I guess the GOP HAD to find some sort of cloud in a silver lining of having a better jobs report than the past two months.

    August 3, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. 96 Days until Obama gets RE-ELECTED !

    Mitt is question moral failure... ?????
    Mirror, mirror on the wall....

    August 3, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. Obama/Biden - 2012 - Slightly Better than the Great Depression

    >Me IN HOUSTON – The president is not ruling by executive order.

    He most certainly is.

    August 3, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  6. JOn

    Mitt, you're a retard,, get off the podium – you're an epic moral failure.

    August 3, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    SEA12 wrote:

    @Rudy NYC

    Newflash: the coutries with the "largest governments" (i.e. socialist) are the largest economic disasters in the world.
    Let's rebuild our culture into a "cookie cutter" Stepford Wives, economically redistributed, zero incentive waste land evidently envisioned by the cool-aide drinking Obamaites. This ship is heading for cliff because the pilot is out of his league.
    NEWSFLASH: This ship went over off of a cliff before Election Day 2008. Don't blame the pilot who had to take over when the first one bailed out halfway down to the ground. Don't blame the pilot who eventually brought it in for a hard landing instead of a complete crash. Don't blame the pilot when he cannot fix the ship because saboteurs keep stealing parts or breaking that stuff that works, either.

    August 3, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. mctampa

    a moral failure, really, my god, this man has no scruples what so ever. The moral failure label belongs to the republican party that refuses to pass job legislation instead of abortion bill after abortion bill not to mention voting 33 times to repeal healthcare. He needs to take his party to task before he can criticize anyone else.

    August 3, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Someone needs to point out to Mitt Romney that month to month improvements in job creation has actually slowed under the Tea Party Congress.

    August 3, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. dave

    Moral failure: trying to make American taxpayers foot the bill for your wife's hobby - deducting horse expenses

    August 3, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  11. The King

    romney "get the middle class working again." Thats utterly hilarious. There is no bigger threat to the USA middle class than mitt romney and the big money machine behind him. Al Qaeda never took away healthcare or outsourced our livelyhood. Make no mistake who the real terrorist is here, and it isnt hiding in a cave in SW Asia.

    August 3, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. tom

    Why don't mitt romey saddle up those two jack asses he have in london and bring some the jobs back to america..smf.

    August 3, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  13. Marry

    Romney’s artificial outrage is sickening. If creating jobs is on his mind and he wants to reduce the “struggle” and “suffering” of people out of work he should be talking to the do nothing GOP/TP Congress and light some fires under their behind or just for starters pay his taxes to support the country. But what does he say? "I'm not going to tell other people what things to talk about. Those are not things that are part of my campaign," What a great leader! Oh, never mind…

    August 3, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    Well, cutting taxes on the wealthy and raising them on what is left of the middle class is a moral failure, but no one bothered to inform the Mittster.

    August 3, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. Fearless Freep

    *** When the bar has been set as low as it has been under this president, a step backwards is considered "better than expected".

    Bush set the bar so low, a snake couldnt slither under it.

    August 3, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. Bill from GA

    "These numbers are not just statistics," Romney said. "These are real people, ..."

    tell that to the disgusting repugs in Congress who block every effort our President makes to create jobs.
    Repugs told us their plan: do whatever it takes to "Make this President a one-term president"

    August 3, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. BLKMANinAmerica

    Romney please NOTE You are NOT GOD, nor are you or any repuk in a position to judge anyone about anything.

    August 3, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. chuck weidemann

    Las Vegas is a funny place to talk about morals!!!!

    August 3, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. dcjim1

    He can blame the GOP do nothing house for the last three years, who's leadership has said from day one that they would do anything to see him defeated in 2012. The party of no. The GOP has always been agains anything progrssive that advances the middle class and delutes their power....the New Deal, TVA, the Voting Rights Act, increase in the mim wage, Social Security, Medicare, auto bail out, stim package, heathcare......the EPA was started by Nixon....give them that, but they hate that too and want to get rid of it along with the departments of Education and Energy. Lincoln would be blue in more ways than one if he were alive today.

    August 3, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. clarke

    What about the promises made by GOP to the people. You elect us, we will get the jobs! What was that. Short memories people have. My, oh my this is getting very old and troublesome.

    August 3, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. DarqueSide

    Mitt is the poster-child for projection bias! As a private equity vulture, 'moral failure' is part of the job description!

    August 3, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. BLKMANinAmerica

    repuks are just DISGUSTING, when all else FAILS and you have no policy yourself (other then steal from middle America) I guess the next step is to talk about issues as "morel failures"....................GET A LIFE repuks and speak on all of your 'morel failures' cause everyone and God only knows ya'll have MANY.

    August 3, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. LJH2012

    Mitt has only released tax returns for one year...NOT two!. The 2011 return is still being worked on by his accountants, and is not due until October. But when the extension was filed, Mitt was required to pay the total estimated amount of tax due for 2011. Will he, at least, inform us, what that amount was! I believe he is hiding something, we know he is super rich and shelters his income in off-shore accounts, so there must be something else on the past tax returns that makes him nervous. RELEASE THE RETURNS NOW.

    August 3, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. JAD in NC

    And what would Mitt do differently to better the economy & get people working - give the rich tax breaks?

    August 3, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    No Mitt, you and the entire GOT are a cluster of moral failures for shutting down our government, fillibustering every jobs bill, outsourcing American jobs and walking out on the American people. Let's face it, ten years of tax evasion doesn't make you an All-American.

    August 3, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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