Jobs report gives Obama boost

President Barack Obama celebrated much-needed good economic news Friday as the unemployment rate dropped to its lowest level since he took office. "We are moving forward again," he boasted. Republican rival Mitt Romney retorted that the president still hasn't done enough to help millions of people who are out of work.
Associated Press
Oct 5, 2012

The figures announced by the Labor Department — 114,000 new jobs last month to bring the unemployment rate to 7.8 percent — gave Obama fresh evidence on the heels of his disappointing debate performance to argue that his economic policies are working. Romney countered that the country can't afford four more years of the president's leadership and argued that the rate is low in part because some people have quit looking for work.

"These are tough times in this community," Romney told a rally outside a construction equipment store after meeting with coal miners who have been laid off. "We're going to bring back jobs and bring back America."

Obama responded that Romney wants to roll back policies that are repairing the economic damage.

"Today's news certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down the economy to score a few political points," Obama said. "It is a reminder that the country has come too far to turn back now."

The unemployment rate fell from 8.1 percent in August, matching its level in January 2009 when Obama became president. There is one more monthly unemployment report before Election Day, so Friday's numbers could leave a lasting impact on Americans who are already casting ballots in states that allow early voting.

The candidates campaigned Friday on opposite ends of one of those early voting states, Virginia. Romney, in the state's far western coal country, said he wants to develop coal and other domestic resources to make the United States energy independent in eight years. Obama focused on recruiting women at an appearance in the Washington suburbs, where he argued that his health care policy has improved their health care choices.

Obama, seeking to rebound after Romney dominated their first debate Wednesday night, is accusing his rival of being dishonest about how his policies would affect the tax bills of middle-class families and the Medicare benefits of retirees. He told an audience at George Mason University that his rival "got an extreme makeover" in their face-off.

He also argued Romney can't bring change to the country when he's "willing to write off half the nation before you take office," a reference to Romney's disparaging remarks about the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay federal income taxes. Romney made the comments at a fundraiser in May that was secretly recorded, but the videotape did not emerge until last month. Romney went as far as he's ever gone to try to take back his words in an interview Thursday night with Fox News.

"Well, clearly in a campaign, with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question-and-answer sessions, now and then you're going to say something that doesn't come out right," Romney said Thursday. "In this case, I said something that's just completely wrong."

At the White House, senior adviser David Plouffe retorted: "I would take with a huge grain of salt trying to clean something up five months after you said it for the first time."

The next presidential debate is not until Oct. 16, a town hall-style meeting at Hofstra University in New York, giving both sides ample opportunities to blanket battleground states and raise money for the final weeks of television advertising.

Romney released three new ads on Friday, offering a window into his strategy for the coming week. One, called "Facts Are Clear," focuses on the national debt and accuses Obama of wasting trillions of dollars instead of creating jobs. A second spot features Greg Anthony, a former professional basketball player from Nevada, talking about his roots in the state and his switch from backing Obama in 2008 to Romney this year.

The third spot is titled, simply, "Ohio Jobs." It features Romney looking straight at the camera to talk to voters from the Midwestern battleground state seen as critical to his White House hopes. Obama also was campaigning in Ohio on Friday.

Obama's team countered with an ad targeting Romney's tax plan, accusing him of planning to raise taxes on the middle class. The ad was airing in seven battleground states.

Romney planned a rally later in the day in St. Petersburg, Fla., kicking off a weekend of campaigning in that state, the largest of the prized battlegrounds. Obama was holding a Friday rally in Cleveland before heading to California on Sunday for a fundraising spree that will include a concert in Los Angeles featuring Jon Bon Jovi, Katy Perry and Stevie Wonder.

Traveling aboard Air Force One, Plouffe foreshadowed an intense focus on Ohio in the coming weeks, where polls have shifted in Obama's favor. No Republican has won the presidency without winning Ohio, and Obama's campaign sees blocking Romney there as one of its best paths to victory.

Plouffe said the true measure of the first debate was whether it moved voters in the battleground states. Speaking of Romney, Plouffe said: "Is he going to take the lead in Ohio? If he doesn't, he's not going to be president," he said.

 

Comments

the office cat

I am SO GLAD new polling shows Romney closing or leading. Now complacent Ds and Is know they have to vote. The Romney surge is likely the worst thing that could have happened - for ROMNEY and downticket Republicans - especially in our county.

The Big Dog's back

You'd think these right wingers would be upset with Rmoney. Last week he showed up at the debate a LIBERAL. No tax cuts for the rich, agreeing with most of Obamacare, having LIBERAL ideas on job creation. Yep, mitt the LIBERAL.

the office cat

MODERATOR. I thought name-calling was against the 'rules'.

mikel

bbboooooohhhhhhhhooooooo

the office cat

heeeeeeeeeeeeeyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! You're the one crying because the moderator took down your comment. I just thought rules should be applied consistently - in line with the 'rules'.

Swamp Fox

If the liberal can't argue the facts they attempt to censor them, how typical of the left....

the office cat

Tis difficult for us Liberals to engage in a battle of facts with the unarmed.

the office cat

Tis difficult for us Liberals to engage in a battle of facts with the unarmed.

John Harville

so nice you said it twce!

Contango

@ the office cat:

Good that the "President" saved her job.

Unfortunately for the bureaucrats the Market will ALWAYS trump politics.

But I ain't buyin' another GM and I never owned Chrysler.

So what new GM or Chrysler are you drivin'?

sanduskysteve

I drive a Jeep, made in Toledo Ohio. Funny though that Swamp Fox would say something like he did. When the right can't argue facts, they generally change the subject to something else. Personally, I'd rather censor them - it's much less noisy that way and I don't have to listen to their lies over and over and over again.

Contango

@ sanduskysteve:

Chrysler only bought AMC for Jeep. Now it's a 'nice' Italian co. You should read how Fiat is goin' broke in Italy.

"Censor"? But of course; authoritarians (Nazis, Communists, etc) hate free expression of opinion.

John Harville

AMC... Romney's auto company... right?

mikel

it is interesting that the lefties on here continously bash toyota, honda etc. although they have factories in america, the money is going back out of america, they argue, yet they brag that they are buying jeeps made by chrysler owned by fiat which, in case they don't know it, is a foreign company. which, happens to still owe the american gov't $$$millions$$$. ahhh, the life of a dem which just steps from bucket of pooh into another bucket of pooh trying to argue their point.

Contango

@ mikel:

Fiat tried twice to break into the U.S. and left with their tail between their legs each time.

Now they're trying for a third time. Have you seen their little toy cars?

I read where one Fiat plant in Italy is running at less than 25% capacity.

Their unions are so strong that they can't fire anyone.

If you like European-style economic stagnation, you'll love Obama's America!

As was said in the old Soviet Eastern Europe: Socialism makes us all equal; equally poor.

FORWARD SOVIET!

phroggy

I don't know a single person who is unemployed... unless they've chosen to be. Of course, in Sandusky, that's pretty much the norm. See, the whole idea is to be a complete low life and suck up as much of MY money as they can. Democrats: the plight of the country.

Swamp Fox

I think its great that sandusky stevie owns and drives a car that is manufactured by a company owned by a foreign company but was bailed out by U.S. taxpayers, want to change the subject now stevie?

Contango

See Part II of the future that the Democrats have in store for the U.S.:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A...

the office cat

Ah yess.. Social Security-collectin Ayn Rand on whose philosphies Paul Ryan bases his entire existence and economic outlook. Good reference!!

Contango

@ toc:

She probably paid income tax and maybe received refunds - so what?

Was Ms. Rand 'forced' to pay into the socialist Ponzi scheme? Is there sumpthin' wrong with gettin' one's money back from govt. kleptocrats?

Like or dislike Ms. Rand; it doesn't change the fact that in an economy this large and complex that big govt. central bureaucratic planning and control doesn't work and eventually breaks down.

See: Soviet Union for one.

FORWARD CHOOM GANG!

John Harville

So... Ms Rand was 'entitled' to her SS?

mikel

it is interesting to watch prez o's commercial slamming romney's time at bain capital and the "supposed" jobs that went to china. however, let's review some FACTS: 1. prez o's job czar, and responsible for creating jobs in america, is the ceo of ge. 2. ge pays $0 in taxes to the fed gov't. 3. ge is one of the biggest exporters of jobs to china than any other company. so, in theory, prez o is a supporter of exporting jobs to china!

Contango

@ mikel:

"Despite Criticisms, Obama's Investments Share Similarities with Romney's":

http://www.weeklystandard.com/bl...

Let's also review the fact that public employee pension plan trusts invest hundreds of billions of dollars with private equity and hedge funds.

Public employee pension trusts also invest hundreds of billions of dollars in foreign companies.

Where's their sense of patriotism? Shouldn't the Dems force them to only invest in the U.S.????

Gotta love the socialist hypocrisy.

FORWARD SOVIET!

Contango

Is the Obama campaign receiving illegal foreign donor contributions?

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/poli...

As part of the Obama Media Group (OMG), ABC wouldn't report lies would they?

It's very important that Pres. Obama be re-elected isn't it? I guess the end justifies the means huh?

FORWARD CHOOM GANG!

Contango

Oops! U.S. troops in Jordan.

Mr. Obama's worried about the Syrian WMD with the "Made in Iraq" stamp on it.

Has the Nobel Committee asked for their hastily given Peace Prize back yet?

http://news.yahoo.com/panetta-us...

FORWARD CHOOM GANG!

Swamp Fox

confused feline says"The past economic collapse was a result of willy nilly deregulated credit expansion by the former administration and the 12-year Republican-Controlled House and Senate." Wasn't it Barney Frank (D) and Chris Dodd (D) who ran amuck with the housing collapse by their legislative action forcing Fannie & Freddie to make guarantee high risk loans and then profited from them. Seems like you are getting a little confused with the facts. I can understand its so rare when you have any real facts...

John Harville

Oooo. smack down the kitty!

Contango

the office cat writes:

“Tis difficult for us Liberals to engage in a battle of facts with the unarmed.”

Like most Progressives you've confused fact with opinion.

Besides, Liberals like all authoritarians rely on guilt and the fear of force in order to help propagate their kleptocrat Ponzi schemes.

FORWARD SOVIET!

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Mime Bloggling

“I have never understood why it is "greed" to want to keep the money you have earned but not greed to want to take somebody else's money.”
― Thomas Sowell

John Harville

Sowell... isn't he the one adopted by his aunts because his mother could't afford him with four older siblings... then live much of his youth off 'the system'?

yo guys are fun

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