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Jobs report boosts Obama; Romney not impressed

By David Espo and Ken Thomas

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 03:14 p.m. HST, Oct 05, 2012


FAIRFAX, Va. >> Mitt Romney was still celebrating his widely praised debate performance when the campaign lurched in a different direction.

Unemployment dropped last month to the lowest level since 2009, and suddenly it was President Barack Obama's turn to smile.

In a race dominated by the weak economy, Obama said Friday the creation of 114,000 jobs in September, coupled with a drop in unemployment to 7.8 percent, was "a reminder that this country has come too far to turn back now." Jabbing at his rival's plans, he declared, "We've made too much progress to return to the policies that caused this crisis in the first place."

But Romney saw little to like in the day's new government numbers.

"This is not what a real recovery looks like," the former Massachusetts governor and businessman said, an analysis echoed by other Republicans throughout the day. "We created fewer jobs in September than in August, and fewer jobs in August than in July, and we've lost over 600,000 manufacturing jobs since President Obama took office," Romney added.

"If not for all the people who have simply dropped out of the labor force, the real unemployment rate would be closer to 11%," he said.

Incumbent and challenger alike campaigned in battleground states during the day, each man starting out in Virginia before the president headed for Ohio and Romney flew to Florida. Those three states, along with Colorado, Nevada, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Iowa make up the nine battleground states where the race is likely to be decided. Among them, they account for 110 of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the White House.

Recent polls have shown Obama with leads in most if not all of them, although the impact of Wednesday night's debate and of the drop in unemployment could well change some public opinion.

Both campaigns kept up a television advertising war with a price tag approaching $750 million when outside group spending is included.

Romney launched three new commercials during the day, one aimed at voters in Nevada, a second targeted to Ohio and a third that says Obama claims "he is creating jobs, but he's really creating debt," running up deficits and spending unnecessarily. "He's not just wasting it. He's borrowing it and then wasting it," the narrator says.

The campaign did not say where it would air.

Romney's strong showing in the campaign's first general election debate cheered Republicans who had worried about his campaign, and forced Obama's aides into a rare public acknowledgement that they would have to adjust their strategy for the next encounter.

The jobs report was the main flashpoint of the day, and Obama scolded Republicans for their reaction.

"Today's news certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down the economy to score a few political points," he said as Romney and most GOP lawmakers emphasized portions of the report other than the drop in the unemployment rate to the same level as when the president took office.

Republicans made it clear they wanted to keep the focus on Wednesday night's debate, when Romney appeared confident as he pitched his case for a new approach to the economy and Obama turned in a performance that even some Democrats conceded was subpar.

In a weekly "Weekend Messaging Memo" distributed by the Republican National Committee, communications director Sean Spicer devoted 650 words to a recap of the debate — and made no mention of the drop in unemployment.

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Associated Press writer Steve Peoples in Virginia and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar in Washington contributed to this story. Espo reported from Washington.







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SteveToo wrote:
Remember this. "If not for all the people who have simply dropped out of the labor force, the real unemployment rate would be closer to 11%," and this. "We created fewer jobs in September than in August, and fewer jobs in August than in July, and we've lost over 600,000 manufacturing jobs since President Obama took office,"
on October 5,2012 | 04:36PM
kahuku01 wrote:
SteveToo: You say "We created fewer jobs in September than in August...and we've lost 600,00 manufacturing jobs since President Obama took office." Who are "We"? Is it President Obama himself or businesses themselves that are closing down. Does it mean that for every job that is lost or gained, the President is responsible for these actions? Romney claims that if he is elected president, "He" will be able to create more jobs and put people back to work. If I were to open a business and hired people, will President Obama actually be responsible for all the people I hired for my new business? It's hard to accept that one man, (the president) is responsible for all the jobs created and lost every month. Both men talk so much about creating new jobs in their debate if re-elected or elected that it would be impossible for one man (the leader of this country) to do such a feat. People are so gullible to believe that the President of the USA is the sole person responsible for all these jobs. It's just a political gimmick to emphasize to the people that Obama or Romney will be able to create more jobs and get the economy moving again.
on October 5,2012 | 09:13PM
64hoo wrote:
this is all skewed the reason the unemployment dropped was because people ran out of unemployment benifits boy they sure like to lie because obama got ripped at the last debate but you know sa and the other liberal papers will also skew the the article. liberalizm at its best.
on October 5,2012 | 07:11PM
false wrote:
Change the rules...lower the bar.... Yeah there is no inflation. Smoke and mirrors ... welcome to Obama-World.
on October 5,2012 | 07:16PM
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