Today the Romney campaign debuted a new line of defense in response to the attack that under Mitt Romney, Massachusetts was 47th among states in job creation.
“When Mitt Romney arrived, Massachusetts was an economic baskethouse,” said Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom on This Week. “If you throw DC into the mix, we were 51 out of 51. By the time Mitt Romney left four years later, we were in the middle of the pack. We were 30th in the nation in terms of job growth.”
“That’s the trend line that you want to see,” he added. “That’s called a turnaround. And it’s what this president has been unable to execute with the national economy.”
This looks to become a new talking point for the Romney campaign; on Meet the Press, Ohio governor John Kasich made the same point.
The Romney campaign e-mailed reporters this year-by-year account of Massachusetts’ job-creation rankings, citing the Bureau of Labor Statistics as the source:
Massachusetts Improved From Last In The Nation In Job Growth At The Start Of Governor Romney’s Term (50th in 2002, 51st in 2003) To 30th By The End.
· MA Rank 2002: 50th
· MA Rank 2003: 51st
· MA Rank 2004: 46th
· MA Rank 2005: 40th
· MA Rank 2006: 30th
Responding to the Fehrnstrom claim in a press release this morning, Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith said, “For the four years under Mitt Romney’s Republican predecessor, Massachusetts ranked 36th in job creation. During Mitt Romney’s four years as governor, Massachusetts ranked 47th.”
Fehrnstrom also faced questions about Romney’s position on Paul Ryan’s plan and whether he supported it. “He’s for the Ryan plan,” Fehrnstrom responded. “He believes it goes in the right direction.”