Romney on jobs report: If last night was the party, this morning is the hangover

posted at 12:41 pm on September 7, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Ed already covered the deceptively-even-more-dismal-than-it-appears August jobs report from this morning, and with it coming on the heels of President Obama’s big nomination speech last night in which he mysteriously failed to address the country’s unemployed — you can’t plan that type of timing.

Ergo, Mitt Romney reacted to today’s jobs news with a rather apt metaphor:

President Barack Obama emerged from the euphoria of his party’s convention Friday and ran smack into the harsh reality of a bleak new report on the nation’s unemployment outlook. Republican rival Mitt Romney pounced on the disappointing jobs figures as fresh evidence that it’s time to put someone new in the Oval Office. …

“After 43 straight months of unemployment above 8 percent, it is clear that President Obama just hasn’t lived up to his promises and his policies haven’t worked,” Romney said in a statement issued as he flew to Iowa. “We aren’t better off than they were four years ago. My plan for a stronger middle class will create 12 million new jobs by the end of my first term. America deserves new leadership that will get our economy moving again.”

On the morning after Obama’s closing speech at the Democratic National Convention, Romney said: “If last night was the party, this morning is the hangover.”

You can say that again.

The Romney camp also has a string of new state-specific ad variations out today, capitalizing on the running “better off” theme and the pervasive concerns over joblessness. Now that we’re in the convention-clear with just two months to go, let the swing-state ad blitzes begin:


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Anyone know if Jennifer Granholm is still sucking down those 5-Hour Energy vials?

Stolen from another site.

We’ve replaced Jennifer’s coffee, with Folger’s Crystal Meth. Let’s see if anyone notices…..

LouisianaLightning on September 7, 2012 at 3:46 PM

I think this race will mirror what happened in 1980. The race will stay tight until the debates. With low expectations for Romney, he will do very well and people will find him a viable alternative to Obama. The race will break late for Romney and he will win with almost 52% of the vote…

RedSoxNation on September 7, 2012 at 4:03 PM

I like the ads. It changes the subject back to jobs. I think Romney WANTS people to ask how he’s going to create those jobs. I think he’s leaving it open for attack. But it’s exactly where Romney wants the discussion to go.

MrX on September 7, 2012 at 5:25 PM

There will be one more job report in October, then the debates , then the election.

bayview on September 7, 2012 at 1:02 PM

There are two more job reports coming out before the election. September’s numbers are being released on October 5 and October’s numbers are scheduled to come out on November 2 – 4 days before the election.

At least, that’s what I found at the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

italianguy626 on September 7, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Gallup says Obama up to 52% approval. Now leads by 48%-45%, just a 1-point bump.

Poll taken before Obama’s speech and lousy jobs report.

sentinelrules on September 7, 2012 at 1:07 PM

According to RCP, Gallup’s poll is “Adults”, not even Registered Voters, as opposed to Likely Voters. Besides, didn’t I read something about Gallup being taken to the woodshed by Axelrod? I wouldn’t trust their numbers at all.

LooseCannon on September 7, 2012 at 5:57 PM

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