Romney Campaign Suffers
New Blow Ahead of First Debate
September 28, 2012
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was campaigning in
the battleground state of Pennsylvania Friday as news that President
Barack Obama had presided over net job growth derailed one of the
Republican candidate's key talking points.
The former Massachusetts governor has repeatedly criticized Obama's
handling of the economy, claiming the nation has lost hundreds of
thousands of jobs since the president took office. But revised figures
Friday from the Labor Department mean Romney can no longer make that
While nearly 13 million workers are unemployed in the country, the new
numbers indicate U.S. employers added almost 400,000 more jobs during
the 12 months ending in March than previously estimated.
That means the overall number of jobs in the U.S. labor market is now
125,000 higher than in January 2009 when President Obama came into
office, and that the jobs created under Obama offset those lost during
For Romney, the news comes after an already tough couple of weeks for
his campaign. The Republican candidate's standing has fallen since a
video surfaced earlier this month showing him telling wealthy supporters
that 47 percent of Americans pay no taxes and consider themselves
"victims" entitled to government support.
polls show President Obama with a significant lead over his Republican
challenger in Pennsylvania and many of the other so-called swing states
expected to decide the November 6 election.
The assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute
says the presidential debates, which start next week, may be Romney's
best chance to reverse the trend in his favor.
The Republican candidate will spend time this weekend preparing for the
first of the three debates - scheduled to take place next Wednesday in
Denver, the capital of the western state of Colorado. Romney is also
holding a fundraiser in Boston, the capital of his home state of
President Obama, meanwhile, will also focus on raising money Friday with
his own fundraising events in Washington, D.C. and will begin debate
practice sessions in Nevada on Sunday.