“Today’s increase in the unemployment rate is a hammer blow to struggling middle-class families,” Mr. Romney said. Yesterday I launched my Plan for a Stronger Middle Class that will bring more jobs and more take home pay. My plan will turn things around and bring the economy roaring back, with twelve million new jobs created by the end of my first term. President Obama doesn’t have a plan and believes that the private sector is ‘doing fine.’ Obviously, that is not the case. We’ve now gone 42 consecutive months with the unemployment rate above eight percent. Middle class Americans deserve better, and I believe America can do better.”
And in the hours since they have kept up the heat, sending out another at 9:30 noting (in a bit of recycled news) how how the unemployment rate rose in the metropolitan areas of nearly all the country’s swing states June:
· All 7 Colorado Metropolitan Areas
· All 21 Florida Metropolitan Areas
· All 7 Iowa Metropolitan Areas
· All 14 Michigan Metropolitan Areas
· All 3 Nevada Metropolitan Areas
· All 3 New Hampshire Metropolitan Areas
· All 4 New Mexico Metropolitan Areas
· All 14 North Carolina Metropolitan Areas
· 12 Of 13 Ohio Metropolitan Areas
· All 14 Pennsylvania Metropolitan Areas
· All 9 Virginia Metropolitan Areas
· All 12 Wisconsin Metropolitan Areas
It wasn’t until 9:53 that we heard anything from the Obama camp, and then it was just a link to a TPM story about Democrats wanting answers about Mitt Romney’s hyper-inflated IRA.
At 10:09, the GOP sent out another release, this one including a quote from former Obama economic adviser Austin Goolsbee, who said on CNBC’s “Squakbox,” “Our growth rate is measly, and with a measly growth rate, there’s no secret there are not going to be many jobs. I haven’t seen any change in the dynamic the last three, four months.”
By 10:38, the Romney camp got Paul Ryan to weigh in, sending out a statement in which he said:
Today’s jobs report again confirms what millions of families across the nation already know: that President Obama has broken his promises, his economic policies have failed, and his lack of leadership has been a grave disappointment. Taking more from hardworking taxpayers to grow government, as the President has been doing, results in the kind of sluggish private-sector job creation we have been seeing for far too long. Americans deserve better. Where President Obama has failed, Mitt Romney will deliver. He has a proven record and a bold plan that will return our country to the right path, the path of dynamism, innovation, and prosperity.
It took until a minute later, 10:39, for the Obama folks to weigh in in earnest, with Obama for America Press Secretary Ben Labolt saying in a statement that the real issue was Mitt Romney’s plan to fix the economy, and touting the fact that the jobs report showed another month of jobs growth.
There have now been 29 months of consecutive private sector job growth and we could do more today to create jobs if Mitt Romney and Republicans in Congress stopped obstructing the President’s jobs plan to create one million jobs now and took immediate action to ensure taxes on middle class families don’t go up. Governor Romney’s plan for the middle class is nothing but a tax hike he would use to pay for tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires like himself – costing the average middle class family with children $2,000 a year. Rather than creating any jobs, the severe cuts in Romney’s budget – which would impact things like education, research and development and infrastructure – would slow economic growth and could lead to another recession, according to independent economists. We were promised over the past decade that cutting taxes for the wealthiest would unleash job creation, but it led to the slowest pace of job creation we have seen since World War II. Americans have a choice: we can continue to build the economy from the middle class out or return to the same top down economics that eroded security for the middle class.
By 10:57, the Romney camp pounced again, with Tim Pawlenty, former Minnesota governor and potential veep pick, weighing in:
Today’s economic numbers confirm what everyone outside the Obama White House understands – we are trapped in a low-growth, high-unemployment economy. The Obama Administration’s policies have not only failed to get the economy growing again, but they’ve also hindered our efforts to recover. This is the worst recovery America has seen in decades, and President Obama is offering nothing more than new regulations, more deficit spending, higher taxes, and an upside-down energy policy as a ‘solution.’ Mitt Romney has a carefully crafted plan that will help middle-class families not only get through this difficult period, but move on to a new era of prosperity. Americans are paying a devastating price for failed leadership. It’s time to move in a new direction.