Romney Challenged for Misleading on Jobs
Source: Comments made by Mitt Romney
During tonight’s GOP debate in New Hampshire, Mitt Romney attacked the President’s jobs record once again, following his claims this week that the President is a “job killer”.
Romney’s attacks are under heavy scrutiny—and they’re not holding up. Here’s what just a few fact checkers have found:
FactCheck.org says Romney’s claim to have created more jobs than President Obama is misleading. “As usual after recent recessions, businesses (and state and local governments) continued to shed jobs long after the recession ended and business began to turn up. The job slump continued for Obama’s first full year in office and finally hit bottom in February 2010. Since that bottom, the nation has added nearly 2.7 million jobs.”
Writing in the New York Times, Paul Krugman says Romney’s claim that Obama caused job losses during the recession is “indefensible.”
The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent says, “Romney’s claim that two million jobs were lost under the Obama presidency is based on the idea that there’s been a net loss of jobs since he took office. In other words, Romney is taking into account the fact that the economy continued hemorrhaging jobs at a furious rate after Obama took office — before Obama’s stimulus passed. But the figures show that once it became law, monthly job loss declined over time.”
In reality, the President’s record speaks for itself:
As of last month, we’ve seen 22 consecutive months of private sector job growth.
Over that same period of time, the economy has added more than 3.1 million private sector jobs.
Last year was the first time manufacturing employment has risen since 1997.
It’s time Mitt Romney faced the facts rather than saying whatever it takes to get elected.
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