Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his campaign have come out and said they don’t believe Friday’s jobs report was manipulated in any way by President Obama. The report shows that the unemployment rate has dropped to a 3 1/2-year low of 7.8 percent.
On Friday, Republicans like former GE CEO Jack Welch and Florida Rep. Allen West, dubbed “jobs truthers” in the media, shared their belief that President Obama doctored the numbers for political gain. However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics was created in a way to specifically prevent this sort of thing from happening. Of course, this didn’t stop some Republicans, basking in the glow of Romney’s debate performance just a couple days earlier, from asserting that the President had somehow meddled with the results.
While they don’t buy what these crazies are selling, the Romney camp says the numbers are still bad.
“This economy is not doing well,” USA Today quotes Romney adviser Ed Gillespie, who appeared on the show This Week yesterday. “And the fact that you have a White House celebrating an unemployment rate of 7.8% with 23 million Americans out of work or unemployed or underemployed tells you a lot about the failure of this administration’s policies.”
President Obama, on the other hand, emphasizes that the economy is on the right track. He also criticized his own performance during the first debate during a stop in Los Angeles, where celebrities from Earth Wind & Fire to Jon Bon Jovi and Katy Perry performed at fundraisers for the President’s campaign.
“After noting his fascination with the fact that the singers at the concert performed flawlessly every night, Obama deadpanned, ‘I can’t always say the same,’” The Huffington Post reports.
As for the Republicans, Washington Post opinion writer Greg Sargent suggests these truthers are not helping the Romney campaign.
“By launching into a full blown angry panic about improving jobs numbers, they only draw attention to, and reinforce, the idea that the economy is, in fact, improving — and, worse, that the prospect of economic improvement is terrible news for Romney’s presidential prospects,” the article says.
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