Mitt Romney to hit Hillary Clinton on jobs

Oh please, let us continue President Obama’s economic gains or go back to the wonderful days when President Clinton was in office. Please tell me when a Republican has been in office and we have seen prosperity?
Governor Romney talks a big talk but has nothing to hold it up.
The Washington Post
By Jose A. DelReal
January 28 at 1:22 PM 

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during the Republican National Committee's winter meeting in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Wednesday will lodge some of his sharpest attacks yet against likely Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

His comments, which come as speculation over a third Romney White House bid grows, suggest a strong push to orient his next campaign around economic issues facing the poor and to tie Clinton to the Obama administration’s economic policies.

“Short term, our economy is looking up. But it is a lot better for the few, and pretty darn discouraging for the many,” Romney will say in a speech at Mississippi State University Wednesday, according to a copy of his prepared remarks. “How can Secretary Clinton provide opportunity for all if she doesn’t know where jobs come from in the first place?”

Romney’s comments appear to reference a Clinton stump speech from October, in which the former secretary of state dismissed “trickle-down” economic theory.

“Don’t let anybody tell you that, you know, it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs. You know that old theory, trickle-down economics. That has been tried. That has failed,” Clinton said in a speech in October.

Critics seized upon her comments to paint her as anti-business and her team later said that she had intended to make a comment about tax cuts for corporations. Critics pointed to the botched line as evidence that Clinton would run into trouble appealing to the growing populists voices in her party.

This isn’t the first time Romney has gone after Clinton on middle class issues. Earlier Wednesday, Romney’s team criticized Clinton’s “lifestyle of the rich and famous” in an effort to downplay the extent to which his own wealth may factor into another White House run.

“It’s going to be hard for Hillary Clinton to make Mitt Romney’s wealth a fruitful line of attack, with her multi-million dollar mansions in Georgetown and Chappaqua and her jet-setting lifestyle of the rich and famous,” a Romney aide told the Boston Globe.

On Wednesday, Romney will also hit Clinton on her tenure as secretary of state, experience which Clinton touted in her most recent book, Hard Choices,” and which will likely become a linchpin in her rationale for her White House run.

“Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cluelessly pressed a reset button for Russia, which smiled and then invaded Ukraine, a sovereign nation. The Middle East and much of North Africa is in chaos,” Romney is expected to say. “Doesn’t the President understand that some of what we are seeing in the world is in part the result of his timid foreign policy. … Strong American leadership is desperately needed for the world, and for America.”

Jose DelReal is a blogger for Post Politics.

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