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Mitt Romney's message that President Obama is holding the economy back and everything would be better under President Mitt is a tough one to sustain in key swing states that have seen their unemployment rates drop. In Florida, Romney's answer to the problem of Republican Gov. Rick Scott's statements touting falling unemployment was to ask Scott to please tone it down and get on message:
Scott, a Republican, was asked to say that the state’s jobless rate could improve faster under a Romney presidency, according to [two] people, who asked not to be named. [...]

Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in an e-mail that Romney frequently praises governors “for their ability to overcome the job-stifling policies of the Obama administration.” Scott spokesman Lane Wright didn’t return phone calls seeking comment.  

Romney previously faced this problem in Ohio, where Gov. John Kasich talked about the state's improving economy while campaigning with Romney himself. Talk about awkward. Kasich's clumsy walkback didn't exactly help matters, either. Then there's Virginia, where Gov. Bob McDonnell has run an ad rhapsodizing about falling unemployment. Perhaps the best one, though, is that Michigan's Republican governor, Rick Snyder, has called his state "the comeback state of the United States," while trying to stay on the "Romney would do better" message. Which, President Obama's auto rescue, anyone? If Romney had had his way on the auto industry, Michigan's unemployment would be through the roof, not dropping.

Gee, it's almost like these aren't anomalies coming from the individual genius of their Republican governors, but are part of a national economy that's improving. And yes, we need to do better. But Mitt Romney clearly sees his only hope for election as lying in bad economic news, won't tell us what he'd actually do to improve things, and now is relying on Republicans to pretend good news isn't happening. Where in that, exactly, is there any indication he actually believes he could do better?

9:02 AM PT: The Romney and Scott camps are now denying that anyone "in the Romney inner circle" asked Scott to stop being positive about Florida's economy.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 07:26 AM PDT.

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  •  bad news from Skeletor (4+ / 0-)
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    JML9999, shoeless, Palafox, Larsstephens

    slutty voter for a "dangerous president"; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Sciant terra viam monstrare." 政治委员, 政委!

    by annieli on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 07:34:30 AM PDT

  •  Hopefully Romney will need his cholesterol checked (10+ / 0-)

    from so much egg on his face....

    Not blaming Bush for the mess we're in, is like not blaming a train engineer for a fatal train wreck because he's no longer driving the train.

    by JML9999 on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 07:35:51 AM PDT

  •  Glad this is on the front page! (9+ / 0-)

    I just wrote my diary on this, and am updating it with a link to your story.  


    The Seminole Democrat
    Confronting the criminally insane who rule our state; as well as the apathy of the vast majority who let them.

    by SemDem on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 07:35:56 AM PDT

    •  Great blog!! Seminole Dem, I am being (2+ / 0-)
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      Palafox, SemDem

      educated. I don't subscribe to newpapers here in Marion County, and associate more with Gainesville. You've told me lots I did not know and I'm only 1/2 through one post! Of course, I am more horrified at my "adopted" state (been here 10 years). It's such a relief to find a place where you characterize Florida as I do. Stupid.

      As you say, we let this happen, didn't we? People don't pay attention to state legislatures and then, WHAM, they pass all these totally idiotic, reckless, evil laws. I had no idea that the counties had to obliterate their gun usage laws and I hate that, living in Redneck country. Man, I wish I could find a way to leave.

      "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

      by Gorette on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 07:52:01 AM PDT

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  •  Where, then, is Mitt's actual plan? (9+ / 0-)

    OK, we know you'll cut taxes. And those who have been paying attention know that doesn't do much of anything.

    So what's your plan, Mitt? Strong leadership? Puhleeze.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 07:36:09 AM PDT

  •  Romney's only chance (6+ / 0-)

    is for the economy to get worse between now and November.  If it does -- if there's a European collapse, for example -- then he'll look like a prophet and he'll have a good shot at winning.

    If, however, Europe successfully steers through its current woes, the fundamental strength of the US economy will continue to improve and Obama will have a lock on reelection.  Look for Republicans in Congress to do everything they possibly can to damage the economy, but in subtle ways so it doesn't kill their own reelection chances.

    Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free
    ¡Boycott Arizona!

    by litho on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 07:39:11 AM PDT

  •  The Romney Campaign is like a continuing (4+ / 0-)
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    shoeless, Supavash, Palafox, Hohenzollern

    trainwreck.....Certainly the 'big money donors' have to be questioning his approach.

  •  Highlights the problem with poltical parties. (2+ / 0-)
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    Palafox, Odysseus

    Everybody wants to tell the truth when it helps them.
    Nobody wants to tell the truth when it doesn't.

    Hooray! The economy is slowly and fitfully showing signs of life.

    OK -- most of the "drop" in unemployment is due to people becoming so discouraged that they quit looking for work.

    And...even when the market was higher, it was kind of a lie because volume reflected the flight of small investors, so the total value of trades is dramatically lower,

    And...the foreclosure mess/real estate market is still an economy-dragging mess, but...

    things are better in some ways than they were 3 short years ago.  Better is good, and serves as a platform for better still.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 07:39:54 AM PDT

  •  This is one of the biggest developments (7+ / 0-)

    of the campaign so far: It finally proves what we've been saying for months: that the republicans are cynically rooting for  economic failure to improve their election prospects.

    To quote willard himself: "Let's hang this around his neck!"

  •  Americans scare me. Why would anyone in the 99% (3+ / 0-)
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    Gorette, shoeless, Palafox

    even entertain the idea of an elitist Romney presidency?

    Remember, you can't have crazy without az.

    by Desert Rose on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 07:43:55 AM PDT

    •  Because half the people who vote are (5+ / 0-)

      ignorant idiots? Just hazarding a guess.

      "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

      by Gorette on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 07:54:40 AM PDT

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    •  20% think they in the top 1%. (2+ / 0-)
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      Palafox, Desert Rose

      Another 20% think that they will be in the tp 1% some day. 10% don't know.

      Ann Richards on how to be a good Republican: You have to be against all government programs, but expect Social Security checks on time.

      by shoeless on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 08:05:15 AM PDT

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      •  Actually the Opposite (0+ / 0-)

        Most people in the top 20% don't realize it since they are just a step above the average American standard of living and light years away from the top 1%.

        My household is technically in the top 15% but  like most of our peers, we live in an expensive part of the country, have trouble affording college for our kids, worry about going bankrupt due to job loss or sickness and wonder if we are going to be able to afford retire. In short most of the people in my income bracket aren't feeling particularly rich. It is hard convincing people at are level that we are near the top when we can't even match the level of economic health enjoyed by our parents who had much more modest jobs.

        If you asked my neighbors how well-off they are compared to the rest of the country, they would say, solid middle-class, slightly above the median income. They have no idea how bad most Americans have it.

        •  I bet most of them are Republicans, (0+ / 0-)

          and have no idea that even they are voting against their own best interests.

          Ann Richards on how to be a good Republican: You have to be against all government programs, but expect Social Security checks on time.

          by shoeless on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 10:19:10 AM PDT

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    •  Really? You can't figure that out? (1+ / 0-)
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      It's really pretty easy if you understand the concept of having nothing to lose.

      The less you have to lose, the less frightening risk appears.

      If you were battered and bashed while Obama was President -- which is not the same thing as saying battered and bashed because of Obama -- you're unlikely to find Romney all that frightening by comparison.  

      The big question become:  
      Does the President care about people like me?
      Will he make an effort to ease our pain, to help restore the hope of a future?

      If the answer is no, Romney becomes a low-risk alternative so long as he avoids becoming Barry Goldwater or George McGovern.

      LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

      by dinotrac on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 08:33:58 AM PDT

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      •  But They Have So Much to Loose (0+ / 0-)

        Those who have lost everything and depend on government programs have the most to loose under Romney. Too bad they don't get that.

        •  That "depend on government programs" is the (0+ / 0-)


          People who have lost jobs, houses, etc are not used to depending on government programs.   They would rather work  and provide for themselves and their families -- to grab a little bit of the American dream, if you will.

          I'm surprised you don't get that.

          If they view the administration as being indifferent to their hopes and dreams, it will be a big boost for Romney -- the nothing to lose factor.

          LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

          by dinotrac on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 10:36:30 AM PDT

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  •  Florida's unemployment went through the roof (3+ / 0-)
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    Gorette, shoeless, Odysseus

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    ....under George Bush. Under 4% to over 11% in less than two years.

  •  Same thing in another swing state (2+ / 0-)
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    Last week, State labor officials released a report showing that Iowa’s unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent in April, bringing it to a 35-month low. Governor Branstad bragged about Iowa’s unemployment rate and said, "I am convinced that Iowa stands at the precipice of a major economic expansion."  But Romney Surrogate Branstad says the economic sky is falling when he stumps for the Romney campaign, or whenever the President comes to Iowa.
  •  Only in quiet room? (2+ / 0-)
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    Gorette, Palafox

    "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

    by LaurenMonica on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 07:48:26 AM PDT

  •  Is it just me or does Scott remind you of this guy (5+ / 0-)

  •  President Obama is holding the economy back? (2+ / 0-)
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    Gorette, TRPChicago

    President Obama has submitted proposals to Congress that are estimated to create a significant number of jobs but the House, which is controlled by Republicans, is refusing to consider them and the Senate, technically controlled by Democrats but under filibuster-lockdown by the Republicans, can't pass anything because the Republicans would never let anything the Democrats and/or President Obama support come to a vote.  The economy HAS improved from when Barack Obama became POTUS but it's not HIS policies that are holding the economy back but rather the lack of any substantive action by Congress that IS.

  •  What sucks is ... (2+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, bryduck

    The GOP governors will take credit and get re-elected in 2014 while this time around Obama will struggle against Mitt ... especially given (a) the media 'reporting' and (2) the idiocy of half the voting population.

    And of course the overarching theme: GOP destroys the economy; then benefits politically (see 2010 and maybe again) due to (a) and (2) above.

    As Captain Binghamton (old TV reference) used to say, "I could just scream ..."  

    •  When the Public Square is Constitutionally Assignd (0+ / 0-)

      to global corporations, sure the pro corporate side is so advantaged even morans can win on their side.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 08:06:24 AM PDT

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    •  Exactly. I would almost prefer it to be the other (0+ / 0-)

      way around, in that I think Romney has many more ways of being beaten than the various state legislators and governors who will benefit from something none of them helped.

      "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

      by bryduck on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 08:18:42 AM PDT

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  •  Separated at birth. (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Glad you caught Bloomberg this AM (1+ / 0-)
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    I saw that and had a nice morning giggle.

    Romney is SOOO stuck.  He can't talk about

    1) his record as MA Gov because of the poor jobs record and the health plan.

    2) his experience as a corporate raider at Bain.

    3) the "bad economy" in states with Govs trying to say how much better it is.

    What's left for him to run on other than vapid attacks on Obama based on obvious likes?  That much negativity and manipulation won't win him the Oval Office.

    I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

    by Satya1 on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 08:03:49 AM PDT

  •  The GOP Lies Will Continue No Matter What Happens (1+ / 0-)
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    to the economy between now and the election. If things get worse, the GOP will blame it on President Obama (even though the House GOP has obstructed the President's jobs bill, and is more interested in waging a War on Women than on alleviating the high unemployment rate).  If things get better, we will be hearing BS such as "GOP Governor X made things better, NOT the President and his policies" (despite evidence to the contrary, such as  President Obama's 2009 economic stimulus bill and the auto bailout). I just hope Obama and the Democrats are ready with their own message to counter the GOP's lies.

  •  If Romney can't hold reality back, he'll try ... (2+ / 0-)
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    Palafox, TrueBlueMajority

    ... to hold back the perception of reality.

    As in - if unemployment falls in a forest and there's no one there to report it ...

    Obama and strong Democratic majorities in 2012!

    by TRPChicago on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 08:05:18 AM PDT

  •  The pretend qualified candidate sends orders. (1+ / 0-)
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    To the pretend qualified governor.
    "Pretend along with me, and I'll send you a dancing pony!"

  •  Ummm (1+ / 0-)
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    RomneyBot3000 does realize that these guys do have their own elections to worry about at some point, right? "Everything in my state is terrible because of Obama, now please re-elect me!"

  •  In the states that the economy is bad, (3+ / 0-)

    and there is a Righty Gov, Obama gets ALL of the blame.

    In the states where the economy is doing ok, Obama gets NONE of the credit.


    According to that logic, the Righties in the states doing bad should be kicked out because they "couldn't overcome Obama" like the other ones did.

    And to blame Obama for Nevada, where I live, is just stupidity.  This state is SCREWED UP because we over-built EVERYTHING and refused to diversify the economy.

    All which happened before Obama was elected.

    •  Yeah, but unfortunately, that tactic (0+ / 0-)

      works all the time; as we saw in Wisconsin, there are a bunch of people that will vote for Obama and their local R congressperson/senator/governor at the same time. Maybe not many, but in a close election, you don't need many . . .

      "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

      by bryduck on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 08:21:50 AM PDT

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  •  And, of course (0+ / 0-)

    Not to be a naysayer here, but in each of these states listed with improving unemployment numbers, I'm sure the republicans are saying it's because of the republican efforts, not Obama's efforts.

    And, in these states, if they present that message well enough, they'll be successful in that effort.  So, we have to be careful not to say that when there's a republican governor in a state and the state is improving economically, Obama will be the one that gets the credit.  Republicans aren't going to let that happen, we have to know this.

    The truth is sometimes very inconvenient.

    by commonsensically on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 08:19:12 AM PDT

  •  A great question for R-money (0+ / 0-)

    Someone from the press should really ask the following question to R-money:

    "How many Republican governors need to come forward hailing an improving economy in their states for you to admit that Obama gets some sort of credit for it?"

    A follow-up might be to note that three of these four states (Michigan, Ohio, and Florida) are in the top ten for states with R governor's receiving the most stimulus aid as a fraction of GSP.

    Of course, this will never happen, since the next time R-money gives a press conference will be the the debates.

  •  hush up about falling gas prices too (0+ / 0-)

    "Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D."

    by TrueBlueMajority on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 08:21:21 AM PDT

    •  yep, when gas prices were high... (1+ / 0-)
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      TrueBlueMajority was ALL OBAMA'S FAULT!

      now where is the credit to Obama when they are dropping? Apparently, Obama has nothing to do with that. The media allows Republicans to have it both ways all the time. It is very frustrating.

      "An inglorious peace is better than a dishonorable war." -Mark Twain

      by humanistique on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 08:59:49 AM PDT

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  •  WTF? As if People Don't KNOW They (0+ / 0-)

    their neighbors and friends are Back to work-that it means things Are getting better?

    This is Unbelievable!

  •  REPUG GOVS (0+ / 0-)

    I have heard local news statements from Governor Jan Brewer that Arizona's economy is recovering much faster than anticipated. I think it would be quite easy to find such statements from almost every red state governor. Here is the link to Brewer's official statement. Why the progressive side is not using these statements to their political advantage better than they are is beyond me.

  •  Maybe beside the point, but... (0+ / 0-)

    doesn't this guy look like a lot like the thing that Sigourney Weaver was fighting in "Aliens"?  

    Perhaps we are NOT alone!

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