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. chuck weidemann

    How many casinos are you invested in Mitt??? Do you own any stock in any companies making any beer,or about coffee...even soda? Morals ??? You have no problem making money off of other peoples moral weakness...that's ok right?... after all you're not doing the deed!!! Just " you people" who don't know better.

    August 3, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  2. cali girl

    morals are proof of someone feelings and actions, and what they do. Lying, ducking and dodging, not being consistent on your own beliefs, does not make you Robmey moral at all.

    August 3, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. Gino Martell

    Yes, I agree with Romney. The state of the economy and the unemployment number is a moral failure on the R 3epublican congress.

    August 3, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. Vincent

    Great 5 point plan and real specific too. My plan is easier and more specific. 1. Create more jobs 2. Increase demand for our products 3. Manufacture more goods and services in the US 4. Create more jobs...ooh I said that already. How? Who the hell knows?

    August 3, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Seeing how the private sector has a stash in the banks that has grown to nearly $2 trillion dollars, when is some of that going to trickle down and through the economy? Please, don't throw out that "economic uncertainty" line. They're supposed to BE the job creators. They're supposed to BE the ones erase uncertainty and get the economy moving again. So when does that money begin to trickle down? For the past 30+ years it has only trickle UP.

    August 3, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. Strategic Bob

    Romney is sort of right. The jobs report does reflect a moral failure. But the moral failure belongs to the Republicans and Teathuglicans who have done everything possible to thwart efforts to get this country going again. The Republicans are so desperate to get back into the White House that they have been willing to destroy the country so that President Obama will get the blame and be a one term President.

    President Obama's biggest and ongoing shortcoming as President has been in trying to work with the Republicans as if they are adults and loyal Americans rather than the treasonous, spoiled whiners that they are.

    August 3, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. Martha in CF

    Mr. Romney-It was in moral failure when Obama took office. I didn't hear anything from the redumblicans then!!!!!!
    Please look into the truth before uttering anything on jobs.............It was a moral failure to the American people when you closed all those companies and sent their jobs overseas............

    Obama/Biden 2012

    August 3, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. allens

    speaking of moral failures, where are your tax returns? we all know you are hiding things. don't preach morals, you are hell bound as it is

    August 3, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. MRstfu

    From THE SOURCE on Moral Failures himself

    August 3, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. OMGWTH32

    What exactly does he even mean – a "moral failure"?????? Like Obama is personally responble for this mess we are in? What a stupid comment. If it could be fixed overnight it would be but that is just not possible. Every time Mitt opens his mouth he reinforces his idiot image.

    August 3, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. Wake up people

    @Strategic Bob...... I second that emotion!!

    OBAMA 2012!

    August 3, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. chuck weidemann

    How's that saying go about glass houses? Or that other saying about those without sin casting the first stone? Really is quite a production you are staging here Mitt!!!

    August 3, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  13. AnneSD

    A moral failure? The bank bailouts and the tax breaks for companies were supposed to lead to more jobs because the Republican leadership insisted that the bailed out banks would then lend money to businesses and those business would then hire more people.

    The reality is that businesses hire more people when people buy their products. When the consumers (mostly the middle class) have no money, they don't buy the goods or services, so companies don't hire more employees. The bailout and business tax breaks should have included stipulations that the money get used to stimulate the economy in the form of jobs, not used to pay management bonuses or stockholder dividends.

    Until Mitt comes out with a plan that recognizes reality and that plan includes safeguards against greedy hoarding, he has no room to complain about someone else. Quit whining and come up with something than the old, failed ideas!

    August 3, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. kayla

    moral failure on congress whose main goal was to destroy the president.

    August 3, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. Obama/Biden - 2012 - Slightly Better than the Great Depression

    >Rudy NYC - So when does that money begin to trickle down? For the past 30+ years it has only trickle UP.

    I've worked hard and saved over the last 30 years and done quite nicely. YOU must be doing something wrong.

    August 3, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  16. John

    Here is what is a moral dilemna is Miitt.....You have a moral obligation to release your tax returns to the American people .....the question is ........Are you moral or immoral?..........

    August 3, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  17. v_mag

    The Repugnants admitted moral failure in 2008 when they swore to sit back and do nothing to create jobs, because they were 100% focused on defeating President Obama. They have at least done one thing they promised. They have not lifted a finger to make the country work better or atone for the sins of George W. Bush. They are tarred with the same immoral brush as the Bush crime family, and they all belong in jail.

    August 3, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  18. will never vote Republician again

    Show us your taxes Mr. Morality!

    OBAMA 2012

    August 3, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Obama/Biden – 2012 – Slightly Better than the Great Depression

    >Rudy NYC – So when does that money begin to trickle down? For the past 30+ years it has only trickle UP.

    I've worked hard and saved over the last 30 years and done quite nicely. YOU must be doing something wrong.
    False assumption. What makes you think that I am speaking solely for myself? I am selfless. Conservatives are defined by their greed. "Are YOU better off today than YOU were so many years ago?" Shouldn't that question be about "WE" not "YOU"? And that explains why the 'job creators' are sitting on nearly $2 trllion playing the "economic uncertainty" card. They've used the GOTP to play the entire country for fools.

    August 3, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. CBR

    More likely the moral failure is the amount of money being given to PAC's surrounding Mr. Romney. Just suppose they were to put that money into the economy! That would be dreaming because many of those people are only concerned in their own monetary increases. The CEO's are still getting huge salaries even though their companies are not hiring or have down-sized.

    August 3, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  21. Frank

    Speaking of moral failures, are you not releasing your tax returns because it would reveal that you took advantage of the IRS's Swiss Bank Amnesty program to avoid going to jail, Mittens?

    August 3, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. MrHighMighty

    Mitt, how many jobs do you and your cronies create with your billions stashed off-shore?

    August 3, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  23. OMGWTH32

    LOVE my democrats!!

    OBAMA 2012

    August 3, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. nbgb

    Moral Failure???? If the republican congress didn't oppose everything from the white house and the dems including the jobs bill, things would look significantly better. There are also other factors which Romney does not understand like the European economic collapse, and the whole international economy and trade. His only experience with that is finding other countries with cheaper labor rates to outsource jobs to and places to hide his profits so as not to pay taxes.

    August 3, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  25. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    A right wingnut posted that he has been doing quite well for the last 30 years. Me too, until Bush and the republicans drove the country to the edge of a great depression. The market dropped from almost 14,000 to under 7000. Now, thanks to our president, the market is up around 13,000 and I have most of my republican losses back.

    August 3, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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