Last night, the Romney campaign launched an intentionally dishonest ad falsely portraying a 2008 McCain campaign quote as Obama’s own. Romney’s campaign then blasted out an email to supporters from Communications Director Gail Gitcho with the subject line “Game On.” The email only expanded on their deliberately dishonest claims:
The White House doesn’t want to talk about the economy and continues to attempt to distract voters from President Obama’s abysmal economic record.
In defending their misleading ad, the Romney campaign bizarrely claims they were forced to resort to intentional dishonesty because the president refuses to talk about the economy.
President Obama, however, has been talking about almost nothing but the economy and his jobs plan, which independent economists agree will put millions of Americans back to work. Even a cursory review of the president’s recent remarks at official events posted on the White House website underscores the president’s eagerness to discuss the economy and ways to get it moving:
Tomorrow, I’m heading to New Hampshire to talk about another proposal in the American Jobs Act, and that’s a tax cut for nearly every worker and small business owner in America. Democrats and Republicans have traditionally supported these kinds of tax cuts. Independent economists from across the political spectrum have said this proposal is one of the best ways to boost our economy and spur hiring. It’s going to be easier for us to hire our vets if the overall economy is going strong. So there’s no reason not to vote for these tax cuts. -November 21, 2011
Now, the single greatest challenge for the United States right now, and my highest priority as President, is creating jobs and putting Americans back to work. – November 14, 2011
Our government needs their patriotism and sense of duty. And that’s why I’ve ordered the hiring of more veterans by the federal government. (Applause.) Our economy needs their tremendous talents and specialized skills. So I challenged our business leaders to hire 100,000 post-9/11 veterans and their spouses over the next few years and yesterday, many of these leaders joined Michelle to announce that they will meet that challenge. (Applause.) -November 11, 2011
So Congress still needs to act. But if Congress continues to stand only for dysfunction and delay, then I’m going to move ahead without them. (Applause.) I told my administration, I want you to keep on looking for actions that we can take without Congress –- steps that can save consumers money, make government more efficient and responsive, help heal the economy, improve our education system, improve our health care system. We want to work with Congress, but we’re not going to wait. -November 8, 2011
And yet, while our economy has added more than 350,000 private sector jobs just over the past three months, more than 850,000 veterans remain unemployed. Too many can’t find a job worthy of their tremendous talents. Toomilitary spouses have a hard time finding work after moving from base to base to base. And even though the overall unemployment rate ticked down last month, unemployment among veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan continued to rise. That’s not right. It doesn’t make sense — not for our veterans, not for our families, not for America — and we’re determined to change that. -November 7, 2011
So my hope is, is that the folks back home, including those in the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, when they look at today’s job numbers…think twice before they vote “no” again on the only proposal out there right now that independent economists say would actually make a dent in unemployment right now. There’s no excuse for inaction. -November 4, 2011