Democrats rip Romney on job creation

Top Democrats in New Hampshire and Massachusetts are ripping former Gov. Mitt Romney’s record on job creation, pointing to a series of disquieting statistics about the Massachusetts economy while Romney was at that state’s helm.

Romney’s business experience “suggested he would be good at job creation, when in fact he was terrible at it,” said John Walsh, Democratic party chairman of Massachusetts, on a conference call with reporters Monday. (Michele Bachmann officially enters 2012 race)

Walsh pointed to one statistic in particular: during Romney’s tenure as Massachusetts governor his state was 47th out of 50 states in terms of jobs created nationwide, according to the Labor Department.

That statistic has become a mantra of top Democrats, including David Axelrod and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, their most potent weapon in the early stages of a war to define Romney on the economy.

Because of Romney’s success in business – he founded venture capital firm Bain Capital on $37 million in seed money in 1984, turning that into billions of dollars as he increased profits at scores of businesses – the economy is his strength as a political issue.

Known for his ability to turn around businesses that were headed south, Romney also rescued the Salt Lake City Olympics from a bribery scandal that almost resulted in the winter games being called off that year.

But Democrats have been able to turn the economy into a weakness of Romney’s in past elections, most notably in 1994 when Romney lost a bid to unseat the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

Back then Kennedy organized striking workers from a business recently purchased by Bain Capital to attend Romney’s campaign events, transforming the public’s view of Romney from skilled executive into the heartless number-cruncher who decides that you are fired.

In an election cycle in which unemployment remains stuck around 9 percent, the battle over Romney’s economic track record could be pivotal to who wins the presidency — if Romney survives the GOP primary, of course.

Meanwhile, Romney is in New Hampshire campaigning and has relentlessly attacked President Obama over the poor economy during his first three years as president.

“What this president has done, has slowed the economy. He didn’t create the recession, but he made it worse, and longer,” Romney said at the June 14 debate in New Hampshire.

Romney’s spokeswoman, Andrea Saul, responded to the Democratic attacks by unloading on Obama’s economic record and saying the criticisms were an attempt to distract from it.

“Barack Obama’s record on job creation is shameful. Under his watch, America has lost roughly 2.5 million jobs,” she said, “Democrats will spend the next 17 months trying to distract the American people from President Obama’s horrible jobs record, and it’s not going to work.”

But she also provided an affirmative defense of Romney’s record, saying there were markedly more jobs created in Massachusetts during Romney’s tenure as governor than during the governorships of his predecessor and successor.

“Mitt Romney created nearly 50,000 jobs as governor of Massachusetts and led his state to one of the most dramatic job market turnarounds in the country,” Saul said.

  • Hollywood4Cain

    We need a REAL businessman and conservative to lead us out of the fiscal disaster we’re in. Don’t underestimate the Cain Train, friends. Although the other night’s debate didn’t allow him to shine, Herman Cain’s star is still rising and I think Americans will like what they hear as they get to know him better. He’s a proven business success and America is desperate for a change of course, before Obama ruins us.

    One of the things about Herman Cain that appeals to me is that he isn’t a politician, and therefore says things that aren’t customary. He strikes me as very real.

    Check out this humorous cartoon which uses Obama’s own voice, spoken by him, to make the case that he’s ill prepared to lead a capitalist society. The cartoon uses Obama’s recent (and desperate?) raffle to have dinner with him as a plot device to put him in contact with a perfect foil, who eventually decides that Obama is so hopelessly clueless that she is going to vote for Herman Cain.


    It’s pretty funny and it also serves to highlight the differences in worldview (at least in terms of business and the economy) between somebody like Herman Cain and Mr. Obama. I found it illuminating.

  • RoadtoFREEDOM

    This is priceless… wait for it… Democrats, who’ve LOST 1.8 million jobs since Captain Transparency began his infamous reign, are critical of… Romney…

    I’m sorry, Democrats have ZERO ground to criticize ANYONE about anything, let alone JOBS.

    Listen, you lefty Jacka$$es, your ideological roots are MARXIST, a rotten and despicable heritage if there ever was one.

    Remember, folks, Obama got elected on a wing and a prayer… he has ZERO executive experience and the most pathetic, far left record from his brief time in public service.

    And, no, community organizing does not qualify you to considered for any higher office, and should more appropriately disqualify you from such a position because of said Marxist beliefs.

    Who’s up for dissolving the Democrat party? What would be the harm, really… think about it… what would be the harm?

  • emem

    How did Bain Capitol turn all of it’s acquisitions profitable? That’s the story here. Hard to imagine there were no lay-off, downsizing, etc.

    And besides, no governor can directly create any private sector jobs so his performance as governor seems weak as he couldn’t change the policies through legislature to have a positive impact encouraging new businesses to come to Mass.

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  • blueridge

    The Obama team is on the attack and they fear running against Romney. Obama will have to demonize and destroy his opponents because he can’t run on his record. Republicans need to start informing the public now about the tactics Obama will use for the 2012 election.