In Defending Dishonest Ad, Romney Campaign Stunningly Claims Obama Won’t Talk About The Economy

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, 2011So 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

So that’s why I’m going to keep on pushing these senators and some members of the House of Representatives to vote on common-sense, paid-for jobs proposals. In the meantime, while I’m waiting for them to act, we’re going to go ahead and do what we can do to help the American people find jobs. We’re not going to wait for them and do nothing. I’ve said that I’ll do everything in my power to act on behalf of the American people — with or without Congress. (Applause.) –November 2, 2011

And I’ve told my administration we’re going to look every single day to figure out what we can do without Congress. What can we do without them? (Applause.) Steps that can save you money, and make government more efficient and responsive, and help heal this economy. So we’re going to be announcing these steps on a regular basis. –October 26, 2011

Without a doubt, the most urgent challenge that we face right now is getting our economy to grow faster and to create more jobs. October 24, 2011

We live in a global economy where companies and factories can be located anywhere there’s an Internet connection. And to compete in that economy, we can’t cut corners by paying workers less or building cheaper products. We won’t be able to engage in a race to the bottom — that’s not who we are. The key to our success has always been and always will be our unparalleled ability to think up new ideas, create new industries, and lead the way in discovery and innovation. And that’s how the future will be won. –October 21, 2011

My plan says, let’s give a tax cut to small businesses to hire the long-term unemployed and our veterans, and make sure that they’ve got a little more money to keep their doors open, expand their payroll, expand their inventory, get this economy moving….My attitude is, to strengthen this economy we’ve got to make sure that those rules are actually enforced, not watered down, and in the meantime, let’s work to make sure that we’re keeping taxes low for middle-class families who are still struggling to get by. October 19, 2011We’re still living through an economic crisis that partly came about because too many individuals and institutions were only thinking about their own interests — because they embraced an ethic that said, what’s good for me is good enough. Well, the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, they’ve got a different ethic. –October 19, 2011

We are going to keep fighting. (Applause.) We’re going to keep striving. We’re going to focus on putting people back to work and helping middle-class Americans get ahead, and we will give the economy the jolt that it needs.October 18, 2011

Now, remember I said — here’s the kicker. Remember I said that these independent economists had evaluated our plan — we presented, not folks who work for us. We said, all right, what do you think this will do? They said, this will create up to 2 million jobs; that will grow the economy. One of the same economists took a look at the Republican plan, and you know what they said? They said, well, this isn’t going to do much to help the economy in the short term. It could actually lead up to losing jobs, not gaining them. So much for their jobs plan. –October 17, 2011

So when I took office, I was determined to rebuild this economy based on what this country has always done best — not just buying and consuming, but building; making things, selling those goods all around the world, stamped with three proud words: Made in America. (Applause.) And that’s why one of the first decisions that I made as President was to save the U.S. auto industry from collapse. (Applause.) –October 14, 2011

We will keep organizing and we will keep pressuring and we will keep voting until this Congress finally meets its responsibilities and actually does something to put people back to work and improve the economy.-October 12, 2011

The good news is — and it’s reflected in your Jobs Council report — there’s just a bunch of stuff that we can do right now that not only helps the economy immediately but puts us on a more stable path over the long term. And most of it should not be controversial. –October 11, 2011

Good morning, everybody. I will take your questions in a second. But first, I just want to say a few words about the economy. –October 6, 2011

And I believe, and I think you believe, it’s time we build an economy that creates good, solid, middle-class jobs in this country. It’s time to build an economy that values the — that honors the values of hard work and responsibility. It’s time for us to build an economy that lasts, that’s not just based on speculation and financial shenanigans, but rather is based on us making stuff and selling things to other people around the world instead of just importing from all around the world. (Applause.) That’s the America I believe in. That’s the America you believe in. –October 4, 2011

Good morning, everybody. I am pulling my Cabinet together to talk about the one topic that’s on everybody’s minds, and that is how do we put America back to work. –October 3, 2011

Now, I came here today to talk about the economy. I came to talk about how we can get to a place where we’re creating good middle-class jobs again — (applause) — jobs that pay well and jobs that offer security. –September 27, 2011

The most important thing that we can do right now is to help jumpstart the economy, which has stalled, by putting people back to work. And so, not surprisingly, I think the most important thing we can do right now is pass this jobs bill. –September 26, 2011It’s time to build an economy that creates good, middle-class jobs in this country. It’s time to build an economy that honors the values of hard work and responsibility. It’s time to build an economy that lasts. –September 22, 2011

So, as President Clinton mentioned, that’s why I put forward the American Jobs Act. Not as a silver bullet that will solve all our problems, but it will put more people back to work. It will put more money into the pockets of working people. And that’s what our economy needs right now. –September 21, 2011

The American Jobs Act will not add to our nation’s debt. And today, I’m releasing a plan that details how to pay for the jobs bill while also paying down our debt over time. And this is important, because the health of our economy depends in part on what we do right now to create the conditions where businesses can hire and middle-class families can feel a basic measure of economic security.September 19, 2011

I have to take this opportunity while I’ve got some members of Congress here to say I’ve got another bill that — (laughter) — I want them to get passed to help the economy right away. It’s called the American Jobs Act. (Applause.) And these things are connected. This change in our patent laws is part of our agenda for making us competitive over the long term. But we’ve also got a short-term economic crisis, a set of challenges that we have to deal with right now.September 16, 2001

And that’s how this country built a strong and growing economy and a strong, expanding middle class. That’s our history. And that’s what we’ve got to get back to.September 14, 2011

So, Fort Hayes, I’m here to talk about exactly that — about the economy. I came to talk about how we can get to a place where we’re creating good, middle-class jobs again -– jobs that pay well; jobs that offer economic security. –September 13, 2011The bottom line is, when it comes to strengthening the economy and balancing our books, we’ve got to decide what our priorities are. Do we keep tax loopholes for oil companies — or do we put teachers back to work? Should we keep tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires — or should we invest in education and technology and infrastructure, all the things that are going to help us out-innovate and out-educate and out-build other countries in the future? –September 12, 2001

Mitt Romney may wish to distract the public from his own economic plan — trillions in new tax cuts for the wealthy and corporation while slashing Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security — or his oath to Republican lobbyist Grover Norquist, but his campaign shouldn’t turn to intentionally dishonest tactics to do so.