Mitt Romney was just on CNBC, where he blasted Barack Obama on the jobs report. Notable quotable:“Jobs are job one for the presidency.”
Some other direct hits:
“The President’s policies and his handling of the economy have been dealt a harsh indictment today.”
He hits Obama for predicting “we’d be in the 6’s [per cent unemployment] by now.”
• On Obamacare, Romney says Obama is more “focused on his historic legislative achievements than getting people back to work. … His own team said it would slow the economy, and it has.” Later, he says Obamacare has “scared small business from investing.”
• On energy policy: “His energy policies have put people out of work and have not put them back to work.”
• He admits that the crisis in Europe has something to do with the situation here, but says that “we should be well into a robust economy by now.”
• “The President is always quick to find someone to blame.” He cites Bush, Congress, ATM machines. “But the truth is, the No. 1 job of the president is to get people back to work.”
• “The most significant thing we can do in the near-term is to get a new president.”
• “Some of the Fed’s stimulative efforts have fallen on hard times. … I don’t think we’re looking for more QE3. I don’t think that will have any more impact than QE2 did.”
• “Unfortunately, what the president has done is make is less and less likely for people to invest in America.”
• Romney on Trump: “I believe the President was born in the United States of America.” He says he’s “not responsible” for what his supporters say. He moves on to talking about the economy and jobs again.
• On Bain: “I’m proud of my record … as the Governor of Massachusetts … and at Bain Capital.” He says Bain Capital has a “good, solid record.” He commends Bill Clinton for his statements that Romney had a “sterling” business record. “I’m happy President Clinton called my record superb.”
Earlier today, Romney issued this statement on the jobs report:
“Today’s weak jobs report is devastating news for American workers and American families. This week has seen a cascade of one bad piece of economic news after another. Slowing GDP growth, plunging consumer confidence, an increase in unemployment claims, and now another dismal jobs report all stand as a harsh indictment of the President’s handling of the economy. It is now clear to everyone that President Obama’s policies have failed to achieve their goals and that the Obama economy is crushing America’s middle class. The President’s re-election slogan may be ‘forward,’ but it seems like we’ve been moving backward. We can do so much better in America. That’s why I’m running for president.”
In case you missed it, the jobs report was a disaster. There were only 69,000 new net jobs created, well below the 150,000 analysts had expected. Unemployment rose to 8.2 per cent, and it hit especially hard among blacks and Hispanics.
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