Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has based his campaign on President Obama’s handling of the economy, telling voters that Obama made the economy worse and that he is better suited to fostering a recovery.
Republican governors in states across the country, including some states that will play a pivotal role in deciding the November election, are taking a different view of the situation. Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), for instance, issued a press release this morning touting “encouraging indicators that Florida’s economy is steadily moving in the right direction,” telling his constituents that nearly a quarter-million jobs were available:
SCOTT: Today’s unemployment report adds to the series of encouraging indicators that Florida’s economy is steadily moving in the right direction. With 243,594 job openings listed by various help-wanted websites and our unemployment rate down 2.2 points to 8.7%, more Floridians are finding new jobs throughout the Sunshine State.
Scott isn’t alone. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s (R) web site featured a blog post touting the “thousands of Virginians working again” and the ways in which the state’s economy is recovering:
MCDONNELL: Virginia is growing strong again. Through a bipartisan effort in Richmond, and the hard-work, innovation and dedication of the people of Virginia, our economy is recovering. There is a lot to celebrate in our Commonwealth. With unemployment at over a 3-year low, agricultural exports at a record high, and thousands of Virginians working again, this is a great time to recognize all the great things happening in our tremendous Commonwealth.
And during an April event with Romney, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) told Otterbein University students that there are tens of thousands of open jobs and that “we’re doing much better in Ohio now“:
KASICH: We have a web site called Ohio Means Jobs. There’s probably about 80,000 jobs listed on there. … Look through that, and you’re going to find a lot of exciting opportunities. … There’s a lot of really exciting things in this state where you can go and work.
Across the country, in fact, unemployment rates are falling and jobs are returning to state economies, as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest jobs report detailed last week. As Romney continues to ignore the fact that the economy is recovering, facts — and the Republican governors who have endorsed him — are telling a different story.