Romney casts dark cloud over Democrats' convention high
September 8th, 2012
05:43 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney casts dark cloud over Democrats' convention high

(CNN) – Mitt Romney capitalized on a sobering conclusion to Democrats’ convention high Saturday, painting the party as “completely out of ideas” with an inadequate leader in light of Friday's disappointing job report.

In his weekly podcast, Romney used August’s lackluster job numbers as evidence the weak economy has not improved under President Barack Obama, leaving the incumbent undeserving of a second term in the White House.

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August’s jobs report, released the day after Obama accepted his party’s re-nomination at the Democratic National Convention, showed the unemployment rate falling to 8.1% as more workers withdrew from the labor market, and only 96,000 jobs created - not enough to keep up with the population entering the workforce.

“They tried to recapture the spirit of 2008, when then-candidate Obama stood in front of Greek columns and made a lot of promises about how he'd make life better for Americans,” said Romney, referring to Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention nomination acceptance speech at Invesco Field in Denver, Colorado.

“He was elected, but things did not get better. Under President Obama, we've endured the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression,” said Romney pointing to the nation’s unemployment rate above eight percent and highlighting the rising national debt.

No president has been elected with an unemployment rate over 8% since Franklin D. Roosevelt took office during the Great Depression. And with only two more jobs reports to come before November's election, Romney urged viewers to consider a change of course.

“I'm asking you to vote for the ticket that's offering real solutions for the middle class, with a plan to create 12 million jobs over the next four years,” said Romney. “A weak economy and unprecedented debt may be the best President Obama can do – but it is not the best America can do.”

But Obama and Democrats have continued to urge voters the president's work is yet to be done, promising brighter economic forecasts and attacking the Republican candidate as bad for struggling, middle-class Americans.

"Today we learned that after losing 800,000 jobs a month when I took office, businesses added jobs for the 30th month in a row. We've added more than 4.6 million jobs," Obama said casting a positive light on the jobs report while campaigning in Iowa Friday.

Obama continued: "But we know that that's not good enough. We can do better. We need to create jobs even faster. We need to fill the hole left by this recession. We need to come out of this crisis stronger than when we went in."

CNN White House Producer Becky Brittain contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Jobs • Mitt Romney
soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. marty

    Compare the 'record' of Mitt Romney as a first term governor and the first term of Barach Obama.....the President has improved a country, the governor tried to improve a state. The President wins hands down.

    September 8, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  2. tammyk tammy

    A vote for Romneyhood is a vote for all of the job outsourcers and Wall Street Ponzi schemers who have infected this country with blight. I don't want to live in a country full of the greedy, the selfish, and the sheep who have been duped into believing that a Vulture Capitalist will look out for their best interests. Obama doesn't need any new ideas Mr. Robmoney, he only needs the republicans to get out of his way so that his current ideas have a fair chance to work. Republicans need to stop filibustering and betting against the American people in the name of profits over people and low taxes for "Corporations are People too.

    September 8, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  3. tammyk tammy

    I watched the Democratic convention and felt my soul lifted by hope for a future of blue skies for the middle class in American. NO Mr. Romney, we're not gonna let you rain on our parade. By the way, what exactly are your ideas? Specifics please, not just empty promises and exaggerated numbers. Do you have any plans to stop Bain from outsourcing our jobs? And where are those tax returns?

    September 8, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  4. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    Its sad, very sad, that the republicans celebrate and applaud all negative issues that happen to the general American public. While many Americans deal with the negative issues. They are responsible for not approving Obama's Jobs Bill, but instead, they walked off on VACATION and let Americans rot! They are excited that they, the republicans, are bringing you misery in hopes you vote for them, while you blame the Obama administration. they are making these things happen. All the while the Democrats are working tooth an nail to counteract the negatives. Let's not forget that is was the republcan that brought America to the brink of a great depression never seen before...don't even mention the Wars costing America Billions/Trillions of dollars. Al Queda wanted America to fall into that trap knowing it would ruin the American economy. Now for 31/2 years President has turned the corner on this horrible mess that the republicans brought to our door step, and now the republicans want us to turn over the reins to them. To what? Bring down the USA, break every last one of us. Many elderly people lost whole or 40% of their retirement due to the republican administration. The republicans want to have a second chance, don't let them get close to Presidency!!!!

    September 8, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  5. Amber Dru

    ‎(number of jobs created) < (number of work permts given to foreign workers)
    Why does the U.S. continue to give more work permtis to foreign workers than the economy creates jobs? That does not even include the 800,000 – now 1.75,000,000 ,additional workpermtis President Obama plans to give out to illegal aliens he decided should should not be subject to existing law.

    September 8, 2012 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  6. ColoradoJoe

    all I know is :
    the republicans had mass control of congress from 1997-2007 and did not even attempt to fix SS, Medicare, tax systems. How do you have control for 10 years and get nothing done. At least Hillary & Obama tried, one didn't succeed the other did.. What kind of leaders are the republicans? The republicans passed the NCLB mandate without even asking the states. And look at the number of states trying to get waivers. An expensive failed republican mandate.

    You really think the GOP house will allow Romney to do anything regarding health care other than repeals it? The GOP house has already publically stated they will take their sweet old time to come up with a replacement IF THEY COME UP WITH ANYTHING. Boehner already stated this as much.

    What I want to know is what/how Romney is going to guarantee that the banks/hedge funds never cause another meltdown like in 2007/2008? If that happens again it'll destroy the economy this time vs just putting us into a major recession. What's he going to do? If all out savings are in the bank or invested in 401K/IRAs and our SS is sitting in some mutual fund, we cannot afford another financial crisis. The 1% can handle it, we cannot. If I want to vote for R&R, I want to know what THEY WILL DO. The democrats want to try to restrict the thieves/gamblers from doing it (the Dodd-Frank bill). At least the democrats are trying, what are the republicans doing?

    With a voucher program, there is no medicare. The government will issue a voucher to people to help (loose term here) people pay for premiums. It does nothing to say that people can find affordable health insurance. It says nothing about insurances accepting people with pre-existing conditions. What do you think you will have by the time you do get to 65? More than likely you will have some sort of pre-existing conditions. And last but not least, the voucher does nothing to reduce the actual cost of health care services.

    Remember it was House Republican Majority Eric Cantor that purposely changed the Stock Act (the one about inside trader knowledge) so politicians can still make trades on insider knowledge (just via family members). It was in the original bill, he changed it. Congress had to vote twice to get it done right!!! Who's looking out for whom???

    Note Ryan plagiarized the health care cuts from Obama's ACA committee. Romney plagiarized the 12million job creation number from Moody's analysts. Neither giving credit to their sources. Also, Romney will take credit of the 12million jobs that Moody’s analysts have already stated that will occur regardless which person is in the WH.

    And all of this not even discussing like women’s rights, etc.

    September 8, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  7. Thomas

    Romney is a dark cloud with a grin !

    September 8, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  8. kel

    I'm still waiting on Romney's ideas for the country. Also, why don't he release his tax returns? He's hiding something.

    September 9, 2012 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  9. Af

    Romney! American people won't trust you because you hide your money in Mexico, swiss, et... why don't you invest your money in america?

    September 9, 2012 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  10. yogi

    Look who is talking, the robot accusing the Democrats of "completely out of ideas". This guy who went around with his "business" template to restructure businesses and thinks he has the qualifications of being president. Romney has absolutely NO IDEA how to generate jobs, he never was in that business and never will be. Unbelievable that people fall for this guy.

    September 9, 2012 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  11. Squigman

    Archie, to Darth Vader in a stroke of a keyboard.

    September 9, 2012 02:25 am at 2:25 am |
  12. good call

    Really, what a surprise!

    September 9, 2012 04:07 am at 4:07 am |
  13. Kansas1946

    Well, I didn't think that Mormon's drank, but Mitt must have been drinking (or smoking) something when he said
    that the economy has not improved under Obama. I guess he doesn't have any money in the stock market but I do, via a 401K and I can tell you that it looks a lot better than it did when baby Bush left office. I also know that the auto industry is not in the toilet and they are hiring. I also know that my grandson who is 19 can continue to be covered under his parent's health insurance because he is in college.

    If Democrats don't know this, then they need to figure it out and quit trying to apologize for being a Democrat and sing the praises of this president. The big, big, mistake that President Obama made was thinking he could work with Republicans and he wasted years trying to do so. If anyone thinks that Republicans care anything about shrinking government and controlling spending they need a history lesson.

    Baby Bush came into office with the largest surplus, thanks to Bill Clinton, in the history of the US and by the time he was done, with the help of a majority of Republicans in the house and senate for the first few years of his presidency, he turned that surplus into the biggest deficit in American history. He left a HUGE mess for his predecessor, and President Obama has done miracles turning it around with very little help and a LOT of resistance.

    The ONLY things the current Republican party are concerned about are their wallets, abortion, and making sure that
    gay families suffer. They sure aren't concerned about your family or your wallet.

    September 9, 2012 04:13 am at 4:13 am |
  14. Marry

    Dem = businesses ADDING 4.6 million jobs despite the GOP/TP!
    GOP = ran on JOBS but sabotaging in Congress every effort to add more jobs! (approval rate 10%?)
    Yes, compromise would have helped – but what do you expect from the party of “NO” working to interfere with the will of the people by vowing to make the President “fail”? Gov. Romney, show your tax returns before the election if you claim to be the right "Business-man" for the job you are applying for!! Trust us – we will look at them!

    Obama/Biden 2012!!! Get out and ready to vote despite GOP voter suppression!

    September 9, 2012 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  15. Ron L- Mich

    It is an outright lie to say things are not better than the day the President took office. Could they be even more improved? ..YES. How?? If for the last two years the Republicans in the Congress had not been allergic to the word compromise. They want to defeat this Prisident to get their AMORAL candidate Mr. Romney in the White House so they can run the country like a business. I only have one question, when a company isn't making money for you, you sell off the assets. What will they do with the people on fixed incomes after they cut their benefits even more? Will they let them slowly die saying they needed to help themsleves?? It's cold to say but I believe they really feel that way.

    September 9, 2012 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  16. Ron L- Mich

    One other thing we (ALL Americans) need to demand to see 5 years of Mr. Romneys tax returns. He requested about 5 years of returns on everyone he vetted for Vice- President but he tells America to settle for only one year from him. He has been evasive and caught in lies before, the man is AMORAL when it comes to money and people outside his family. Remember he just told the nation the troops in Afghanistan were NOT IMPORTANT enough to mention in his acceptance speech!! And people want him to be President??? amazing...

    September 9, 2012 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  17. GI Joe

    The man makes me sick. Take your frail little wife and go back to the Temple they erected to you in SLC. Oh, it doesn't have car elevators? Bummer.

    September 9, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  18. MikeinTexas

    outdated ideas:

    Tax cuts for the rich
    Drill baby drill
    Spend a ton on defense.

    September 9, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  19. Conspiracies R-us

    “completely out of ideas”

    Bishop Romney is now looking in the mirror, but can he figure the concept out?

    September 9, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  20. ronb

    No, Willard. It's an indictment on the GOP's lack of effort to help create jobs. Boehner, McConnell, "Lyin Ryan", and Cantor....WHERE ARE THE JOBS!?

    September 9, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  21. Sorensen

    Succes and failure are self-accelerating. Poor, old, ridiculous Romney is failing faster than anybody realises.
    He and his stupid sidekick will run into a cement wall at 100 miles/hour and go away forever.

    September 9, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
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