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)

    A moral failure? Well, any proper, self-righteous, judgmental POTUS wanna-be will say anything for the extremists and evangelicals vote.

    August 3, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. lolo

    Just like you Romney. Show us those taxes so that we can see how you robbed the poor to pay the rich. I mean really, S. Palin the idiot came on the scene and now they think that any old dummy will do as long as they look like them. America is moving forward with or without the backward thinking repub/tpers. Tell Newt to get that moon colony ready and ask Rush can you move with him out of the country.

    August 3, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. John

    Please explain how it is moral that we had a 250% increase in manufacturing jobs added in May vs. June (25,000 added in June vs 10,000 in May........what do you mean when you say that it is a moral failure for jobs to increase....please explain your bizarre use of the word moral..............

    August 3, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. StevenR

    Mitt Romney is a disgusting hypocrite. And those are his GOOD points. A whining little rich kid crying about high taxes when, by the ONLY REPORTS AVAILABLE BECAUSE HE WON'T RELEASE HIS TAX RETURNS, HE DID NOT PAY TAXES FOR A DECADE! And ont he return he did PARTIALLY RELEASE (many important forms are missing) he DEDUCTED HIS DRESSAGE HORSE AS A MEDICAL EXPENSE.


    August 3, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. emma

    If we as Americans do not realize the problems we could face with electing Romney, we are a disillusioned society. Romney will never try to promote an America for everyone; he is obsessed with money and power and he is very fixed in his positions. Of course, some of his plans are still quite secret.

    August 3, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  6. Iconoclast

    To paraphrase Mitt "Corporations are my only friends, people".

    August 3, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    somebody wrote:

    >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.
    Listen to the hypocrisy, people.

    We need tax cuts for the job creators to stimulate the economy. Meanwhile, coming out of the other side of the mouth, they're saying, "It;'s my money. I worked hard for it. The government has no right to it. I'm keeping it."

    Now the ignorant will read that and assume that I am proposing taxing the wealthy. No. I am pointing out the hypocrisy of the arguments. I am appalled that ordinary middle class families can buy into the argument. I know why they do it. Many people are content for someone us to lead, and they will listen to that leader.

    August 3, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. will

    Romney needs to release his taxes, expecially the 3 years he was not "working " for Bain. This is going to not go away and is going to hurt him with indies. If you have nothing to hide Mitt, release your taxes.

    August 3, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    Moral failure? First of all YOU have no morals, convictions, ethics or integrity.
    And what exactly do morals have to do with jobs?
    Running scared and nowhere to run twit!!! You are a disgrace. If this was a country in Europe they would have run you out of town years ago! TWIT!!!

    August 3, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. Jason

    Does stealing pensions before firing the worker sound like morality to anyone except the neocon thugs? Robmey first compensate the workers you stole from and then we'll talk

    August 3, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. Jon in Rochester

    The notion that Mr. Romney may not have paid any taxes on his multimillion dollar earnings in ten years is very immoral.

    August 3, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. Donkey Party

    How is it the media allows Romney and the domestic terrorist GOP to use phrases like "the President's policies have failed", when the GOP has obstructed every single policy the President has tried to enact to save the economy??? What's even more sickening, is how insanely ignorant, gullible and racist the right-wingers that post here are. America needs another civil war to eradicate these sociopaths and stop them from spreading their diseased ideology.

    August 3, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  13. rla

    Group 18-26 have 26% unemployment, u6 unemployment rate 14% the Obama bullies are out in force with their lie.... Please folks HE HAS FAILED at everything he has promised, Romney has succeeded at everything he has tried- Is there a problem as to whom to elect???

    August 3, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. lolo

    The Republicans want to keep doing what they have been doing for the last thirty years, rob the poor and give to the rich. Most Americans can see through this and will make them suffer for being traitors to the American people who voted them into office. Only the tea party crowd do not get it. They keep voting people into congress people who have no concept of how government works. They only know how to scam and make you think they know government. Look at Palin, Bachmann and the rest of the loons, and the TP klan thinks that they can run the country. Most of them don't even read the legislation, they are nothing but all mouth and bullies just like their man Romney and do not care who gets hurt along the way. The nerve to call themselves Christians. I can't wait til they cut off their ss, medicare. veteran check and anything else they are getting from the government. I work everyday so don't come back with I don't have a job. Trust and believe that most of the TP Klan is getting something from the government. You mostly see old folks out there protesting, so you know they are getting some kind of assistance from the government. The young folks want a better future and going back thirty years will not get it.

    August 3, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. TiredOfPaying

    What is immoral is for a vulture capitalist CEO to make money off of bankrupting companies and raiding pension plans if they fail, or creating nothing but minimum-wage jobs if they succeed, all while making $59,000 PER DAY in capital gains. And then they say that they 'earned' and 'deserve' that money!

    August 3, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. mogran

    At the very least Mitt knows how to balance a checkbook, a skill Obama seems to be seriously lacking!

    August 3, 2012 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. Brian

    Romney is right. The Republicans decided to try to damage Obama instead of try to help the country. Republicans in the house are immoral and should be voted out to save the country from evil.

    August 3, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. DDW

    Under Obama the size of government is shrinking and the private sector is hiring. Romney is an elitist and if you are not in the top 10% of wage earners in America as I am, and you vote for him you are a fool. While I'm not satisfied with Obama's record, at least our economy is growing, be it slowly, in the private sector and shrinking in the public sector. The middle class has been under attack since Reagan and you can say what you want about Clinton but he championed NAFTA (a total disaster) and the decider destroyed what was left. Our congress is a joke. Folks America as we know it is in trouble.

    August 3, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  19. Dave

    Yes, it is a moral failure by people who off-shore jobs so they can save the profits in foreign tax havens.

    Simply put: REPUBLICANS are the moral failure and Mitt Romney is the poster boy for that exact problem.

    August 3, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. Bob

    The "moral failure" is on the Repukes for not working with the President, choosing instead to obstruct his efforts.

    THEY bear the blame for this.

    August 3, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  21. WachetAuf

    "Romney's a simplified campaign message".

    Aye, there' s the rub. It must be SIMPLIFIED and it must only be a "CAMPAIGN MESSAGE". That is the only way to appeal to a voting public which does not have the patience nor the ability to engage in critical thinking.

    August 3, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  22. Jon in Rochester

    @Age of Fools...

    It's not that they are obsessed with Romney's money or that he was a success. If the man found ways to get out of paying taxes by hiding money in foreign accounts and taking advantage of every loophole available such as a horse as a medical expense for his wife, then the people have the right to know. The moral thing would have been to pay his taxes especially when the country was in a war and running up deficits.

    August 3, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. ron

    Why doesn't someone on the GOP side tell romney to shut up? The only moral failure is romney's tax plan that increses taxes on the middle class while giving huge cuts to the top 2%....or romney's budget...or romney's plan for education...or romney's plan for healthcare. WOW. I guess that makes romney himself a moral failure. "Willard Romney...just not ready."

    August 3, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  24. JWR

    You're right Mitt, it is a moral failure considering you are part of the problem by sending American jobs overseas. You in your own words have judged yourself. You, Mitt Romney have failed morally! Obam-Biden 2012!!!

    August 3, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  25. JWR

    Obama – Biden 2012!!!

    August 3, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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