Mitt Romney makes a reasonable point. He puts forward his experience as someone who achieved success in the business world as a demonstrated ability to create jobs as President.
The economy is the central issue of the season, and for good reason. People who are thrown out of work, unable to find employment, experiencing devastating financial loss, should not be ignored, as if everyone simply wishes they would quiet down and go away, as if their stories are just so much gibberish. Mitt Romney points to his experience at Bain Capital, where he created 100,000 jobs, as an indicator of where the country will go when he becomes President.
Mitt Romney makes another reasonable point. The Obama campaign should stop with the distractions, stop trying to shift the focus from the concerns of average Americans. Character assassination is not what the campaign should be about. Democrats are trying to put attention on the governor's history in the business world. They insist on showing destructive ads about his success in business as if success is something to be ashamed of.
A seemingly endless parade of former workers is shown. They were apparently thrown out of work as a result of some business deal. Many are past the age where finding work is a likelihood, experiencing financial loss, their pensions taken away as part of a normal corporate liquidation to finance investment return. The Obama ads have those workers speak and speak as if the job losses should be laid at Romney's doorstep, as if this is an indicator of of where the country will go if he becomes President.
Speaking for Governor Romney, senior aide Stuart Stevens points out that the little speeches by cast aside employees is "performance art gibberish." The ads about Bain Capital and those employees should simply be ignored. They are an unfair distraction from the real issues that concern Americans.
The Obama people nitpick the numbers. They contrast the 10,000 jobs Mitt Romney pointed out as his record when he ran for Senator against Ted Kennedy with the 100,000 jobs he points out today as he runs for President. They laugh at a number multiplied by 10 well after Mitt Romney's retirement. But 100,000 or 10,000, voters know the precise number is not important. Voters know they matter, as do the thankful workers now at work, families recovered. The human cost of unemployment is heartbreaking. Voters know precise numbers don't matter. Voters realize Mitt Romney cares about them. As Mitt Romney put it last February:
"It breaks my heart to go through Detroit. I mean, the home that I came home to just after being born at Harper Hospital in Palmer Park is bulldozed now, because I guess it became a blight, an eye-sore. It just kills you to see what’s happened to the homes and the families in Detroit, and we need to get the economy going again."
The Obama giveaway to bail out the auto industry was a waste, doomed to failure. Romney pointed this out in a piece he personally wrote for the New York Times right after Obama was elected, before he went from Senator Obama to President Obama.
IF General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.
As Mitt Romney points out, the bailout was successful. He blames the President for delaying it. "I'll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry's come back."
Mitt Romney and his campaign present a compelling case. His history at Bain Capital is the foremost part of the record voters should focus on when they think of the devastation of unemployment. And the Obama campaign should stop engaging in character assassination by trying to get voters to focus on his history at Bain Capital.
After all, he should get credit for creation of 10,000 to 100,000 jobs. The precise numbers don't matter. Voters matter. He has confidence voters will keep that in mind as the Obama campaign parades former workers in front of cameras. They are merely performance art.
The Obama record is one of bailouts and interference in the marketplace, which Mitt is firmly against. He is on record. And he should get a lot of credit for the auto bailout he was against.
One thing you can count on. When Mitt Romney becomes President, unemployment will go down to 4%, as he promised in Pittsburgh. That's a fact, Jack. Or 6%, as he said a few days later to Time Magazine.
The precise number doesn't matter. Votes matter.
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