Romney revives 8% unemployment critique at rainy rally
October 8th, 2012
06:54 PM ET
9 years ago

Romney revives 8% unemployment critique at rainy rally

Newport News, Virginia (CNN) - Mitt Romney rolled out a new response to last week’s jobs numbers during a rain-soaked rally in Newport News Monday, where he took heart from a group of several hundred hardy - and sodden - supporters.

After the release of Friday's government report showing unemployment had dipped to 7.8%, its lowest rate in years, Romney dropped a regular line attacking President Barack Obama for presiding over 43 months in office with a rate higher than 8%.

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On Monday afternoon, Romney revived the criticism by tweaking the line.

"We've seen the slowest recovery from a recession in history," he told the audience. "As a matter of fact, I just read that if you look back 60 years, and you look at all the months we had with unemployment about 8% before President Obama, there were 39 months in all 60 years with unemployment above 8%."

"With this president, there've been 43 months under one president alone," he continued. "He does not understand what it takes to create a real recovery. I do."

During his campaign stops in a state where unemployment is far lower than the national average at 5.9%, Romney repeatedly lauded the "conservative leadership" of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. McDonnell campaigned with Romney Monday.

With his collar pulled up against the driving rain, Romney told the audience members swathed in ponchos they gave him confidence.

"People wonder why it is I'm so confident we're going to win," he said. "I'm confident because I see you here on a day like this. This is unbelievable!"

Earlier in the day, Romney saw something else that encouraged him: a group of elementary schoolers who waved to his motorcade as it passed their school.

The campaign said Romney immediately declared he wanted to go back and greet the children, so his motorcade made a u-turn. The GOP presidential nominee then greeted a line of Fairfield Elementary children who waited outdoors to shake his hand.

"Thanks for waving at me as I came by. I decided to come by and say hi to you guys," he told them before posing for a group picture.

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  1. SafeJourney

    Mitt Romney Debates Mitt Romney at the Daily Kos. Campaign ad on your TV soon

    October 8, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  2. Pkdusterv

    I bet half of the kids will go in the military i hope they know about romney went to europe to be a draft dodger and his kids are to lazy to help there there country

    October 8, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  3. Martha in CF

    Romney's such a loser-let's face it...................

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 8, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  4. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Under Romney, there would be 47% unemployment!

    October 8, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Global recovery 'getting weaker'

    Make Mitt King of the World !

    He has the experience ?

    October 8, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  6. pcalif

    He forgot. He is an old man.

    October 8, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  7. jjones

    There it goes again. Wanna be presidential Mitt dumby has again missed a chance to get real with the American people.But he decides to flip the script. Thats what Bush did.Those attack lines don't work anymore. Stop listening to your republican cronies and listen to US. No more lies to get in the White House.

    October 8, 2012 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  8. Jerry

    Mitt...release the tax returns...I want to find out what you're hiding...and then take another trip to europe and insult the british, the poles and the sir are not ready for prime time

    October 8, 2012 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  9. Bruce

    Romney,Cat help lieing, everything he says has truth based in lies,then he believes it is the truth NOT!!!

    October 8, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  10. Radgast

    I don't understand how allow the auto industry and the banks to collapse would have helped the unemployment situtation, In fact, how would it not cause a chain reaction in the entire market whereas the countless number of then unemployed would have rippled unemployment into other sectors. I am concerned with this monday morning quarterbacking of a campaign, especially when I think through all of his proposals, and while some seem sensible, its the non sensible ones I am concerned about especially the areas where he hasnt filled in the blanks, like he probably will be making up any shortfall differences in the debt by trying to get congress to use the Paul Ryan budget, but they wont tell us that. Yeah I am concerned, that slow steady real progress will be wiped out by impatience and gullibility.

    October 8, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  11. RGD

    Romney is using classic GOP and Rovian technique, repeating same lies so often, it becomes "gospel" aka propaganda spread thru Fox News and right wing noise machine. Pathological liars can't help themselves even when confronted with facts, thus etch a sketch and all that furious flip-flopping on daily basis. President Obama will win in electoral college blowout regardless of whatever national polls are showing right now. Voters in swing votes are not that dumb as tea party voters in deep south.

    October 8, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  12. n

    America's hidden shame of lies dwelling in the shadows of hypocrisy. The devil is lurking in plan sight behind the curtain of Romney's Oz. No longer do we fear God's wrath for the devils offer is more pleasing, he offers us the 12 million jobs and a war just for the sake of one, without raising a single tax, if we would just bow down and worship the 1% .

    October 8, 2012 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  13. Paul

    Why doesn't he go all the way back to the last republican great depression? Perhaps apples to apples, republican depression to republican depression with democrat rescue each time. Let us keep democrats in office and avoid the depressions all together.
    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 8, 2012 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    Did he ask them the percentage daddy falls in?Romney thankig innocent kids of '47%' for waving at him?Romney is heartless.

    October 9, 2012 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  15. Anonymous

    In california the unemployment is around 10 percent and people are still for Obama here. Can't understand it. He has no ideas to get jobs in the US. He has tried to give money to grow green jobs with very disasterous results. Clueless.

    October 9, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  16. JOSH

    Romney liar you don't deserve to be president. y because you don't care midle class people and i work for general motor if wasn;t president obama i will be unemployed now cuz you say let gm bankcrupcy, waht kida leader ship wanna big compay to broke so people can be out of work. manufact all american who work with gm or have contract with gm we will stand with obama not you we will vote for obama our president for next four years . all you do lie to american citizen, c job creater or you try to get more rich. if you elected i will move to china until u done

    October 9, 2012 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  17. NamT. Brett Absher

    I love it when liberals claim a victory for example the new unemployment numbers when the number went down solely because people are so hopeless they stopped looking for work. Way to go Obama. Way to crush the hopes and dreams of Americans so you can look good!

    October 9, 2012 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  18. Valar Morghulis

    Romney can hammer the unemployment numbers until the cows come home. He has not offered a credible plan to do anything to fix the economy. This is a sound bite campaign with no substance. He popularity numbers leaving office as governor was 34%. Why was that? It certainly explains why he didn't run for a second term.

    Romney has made his shift to the center. What are the voters supposed to believe? The Romney who says 47% of Americans are worthless or now his huge concern for 100%. One way or another he is an habitual liar. That is not who we need or want as president. Obama blew it during the first debate. If he loses this election it will be his failure to defend his record and expose Romney for the fraud that he is.

    October 9, 2012 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  19. Niamey

    He'll do anything for a photo op.

    October 9, 2012 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  20. Wade

    Look it is impossible to believe anything coming out of the Obama administration. They are professional liars and criminals. Nothing more than gangsters from Chicago. If the same number was in the work force that were there when Obama took Office the real unemployment number would be 12 % or more. It is a LIE! Like everything else Obama does.

    October 9, 2012 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  21. Name

    What Rmoney doesn't. admit that what we are recoving from is the mess created by Bush and the Repulsicans. He wants to go back to those old policies that take from the middle class and give to the rich. And for the poor as Rmoney said "I dont care about the poor"
    God help us if this greedy monster is elected. When I read about his actions at Bain it is a wonder he can sleep at night let alone run for president!

    October 9, 2012 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  22. Leftcoastrocky

    Here is evidence that the economy is picking up - GM now hiring - 10,000 information technology workers

    October 9, 2012 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  23. Tim

    Obama cannot escape those pesky facts that demonstrate clearly that he has been a failure. The country needs a leader like Romney.

    October 9, 2012 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  24. Iamnotfooled

    President Obama had NO tax increases which Reagan had 11. And a GOP Congress -House and Senate who vowed not to work with him since the night of his inauguration. Despite this he stopped the recession and created 5 million jobs. More then Bush created in 8 years . Paul Ryan , Eric Cantor and Newt Gingrich were among them that night.
    "Think of this as the day the seeds of 2012 were sewn." Gingrich.

    October 9, 2012 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  25. Phi Thomas

    Come on America don't fall for this guys lies, if one thing was crystal clear during that debate its the fact this guy is a liar. The number is 7.8 its the same math you used when you attacked the 8% number, so your talking point is dead. Also if this guys is so pro war send your kids to war, name one person in your family thats been to war. Exactly, none to name Chicken Hawk

    October 9, 2012 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
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