Romney To Governor: Discussing The Economic Recovery Will Hurt My Election Chances


Written by Tara Culp-Ressler

Republican governors in states across the country have been touting their states’ economic growth, pointing to falling unemployment rates and continued signs of economic recovery. Gov. Terry Branstad (R-IA) has expressed frustration that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is using his state as an example of the nation’s economic woes.

However, since positive economic messages directly contradict Romney’s central campaign push — convincing voters that Obama has made the economy worse — the Romney campaign would prefer to downplay any signs of recovery.

In fact, the Romney campaign has directly asked Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) to “tone down” his positive statements about Florida’s improving economy because they inconveniently clash with Romney’s national narrative. Two campaign officials confirmed that Scott has been asked to instead say that his state’s economy would improve under a Republican presidency, Bloomberg News reports:

What’s unfolding in Florida highlights a dilemma for the Romney campaign: how to allow Republican governors to take credit for economic improvements in their states while faulting Obama’s stewardship of the national economy. Republican governors in Ohio, Virginia, Michigan and Wisconsin also have highlighted improving economies. [...]

A Romney adviser made the request this week to Scott’s staff after press releases from the governor’s re-election campaign and Internet messages from the Florida Chamber of Commerce trumpeted the state’s drop to 8.6 percent unemployment rate in May from 8.7 percent in April, the people said. The national unemployment rate is 8.2 percent.

Although Romney continues to lament the economic failures of the country under President Obama, even his campaign now acknowledges that things are improving. As Americans continue to climb their way out of the Great Recession, the GOP’s contradictory messages aren’t telling them the whole truth about a slowly recovering economy.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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Don Schneider
Don & Schneider5 years ago

The American people have very short memories and are easily confused. How else can the success of a republican elitist in misleading his followers be explained ? Isn't it amazing that George W. Bush just disappeared from the political discourse completely ? Now do you see what I mean by short attention spans and comprehension problems !

Igor M.
Igor m5 years ago


Yes the Republican bar is incredibly low these days. Amazing how they came up with this candidate, to begin with.

I do not think they resent liberals for being smarter. They think liberals are dumber ... believe it or not. They hate liberals for being different, the same as they hate blacks, poor, women, Europeans, and all others who are not from their neighborhood.

I agree that Romney is a mediocre vulture capitalist who is making all kinds of unthinkable for a moral person moves to get into the WH.

Don't know about you but it feels like an insult that this candidate is seriously presented to the nation and we are supposed to consider him.

How good or no good Obama is is a matter of deliberation ... but do we have a choice?

At least, they picked this one, not Cain or Perry or Santorum, for that matter.

Now the bad news ... he can win.

This nation has not been paying attention for too long and only measuring its well-being by prices at the pump and by how sweet to their ear the news on TV were. Now they are waking up to the ruthless reality because it has come to the point when it is impossible to hide it, anymore. Now they are ready to blame the guy who did not fix it for them in three and a half years, forgetting that it took over thirty years to break it ...

Donna B.
Donna B5 years ago

Oh now he wants to keep quiet? He's usually running his mouth like a duck's ass and saying nothing of importance anyway, right??

Rocco S.
Rocco S5 years ago

I'mRomney avoids mentioning it, but Smith ran for president in 1844 as an independent commander in chief of an “army of God” advocating the overthrow of the U.S. government in favor of a Mormon-ruled theocracy. Challenging Democrat James Polk and Whig Henry Clay, Smith prophesied that if the U.S. Congress did not accede to his demands that “they shall be broken up as a government and God shall damn them.” Smith viewed capturing the presidency as part of the mission of the church. He had predicted the emergence of “the one Mighty and Strong” — a leader who would “set in order the house of God” — and became the first of many prominent Mormon men to claim the mantle. wondering when someone will ask Romney if he believes in separation of church and state !

Arlene M. Baladi

Romney is no different than any other politician, he will say anything to ensure his election.

Neil A.
Neil A5 years ago

Keep puting your feet in it, what a great job but as some say the GOP will still vote for aliar or Idiot.

J.L. A.
JL A5 years ago

I guess Romney realizes he doesn't have real solutions that can do as well as what has been achieved by those currently in office

Alexandra Rodda
Alexandra Rodda5 years ago

Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.
I cannot understand how the Republicans are portrayed as more moral.
Truth is surely the foundation stone of all morality. Instead they will not do anything to discern truth even when they stub their toe on it. They believe things like the earth is 6000 years old!
After that they must reckon that any amount of abusive lying is alright. Here Romney is caught out making up a convenient lie.

Arild Warud

Who destroyed the US economy was Bush,so I can see why "Mint" wants to stay away from that discussion.

Keevin Shultz
Keevin Shultz5 years ago

Try to imagine for a moment what it would be like if the republinos take the presidency, 60 seat majority in the senate and a majority in the house. No more social security, no more medicare, vouchers for about $100 a month to cover all your health needs including prescriptions, no more teachers, police, or firefighters, in the public sector. Plenty in the private sector if you can afford to pay them. No more minimum wage, if you want a job you will work for what they tell you you will work for. My very first job while I was in high school, I started at $.90 an hour (about 1960), that will be the new minimum wage of today. The military will be on steroids bombing Iran, Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, with boots on the ground in all four countries. The more you make the more you keep and the lower your federal income tax rate if they keep the IRS. They may eliminate the IRS and you must pay a federal sales tax of roughly 15% on everything you buy including food. No more welfare checks, no more unemployment checks, and no more food stamps. The only abortions performed will be in one of two places: In a private hospital with the best doctors and medical staff and equipment available for the rich with money as no object or in the back ally with a coat hanger performed by a stranger for free. This is just the tip of the iceberg, it will get worse as time goes on. The best jobs for the 99% will be limo driver, butler, maid, gardener, pool keeper, horse groomer, and auto mechanic.