Mitt Romney Wants You To Ignore Job Numbers From His First Year As Governor, But Won’t Ignore Obama’s
Romney surrogate Ed Gillespie says Massachusetts job numbers look much better if you ignore the governor’s first year. Just ignore the first two months of the Obama presidency, and you’ve got a job creation record, but Romney wants to average in job losses that belong in the Bush column.
Mr. Gillespie said it was unfair to judge Mr. Romney’s record on job creation by including all four years of his tenure. He said the statistic that Mr. Romney was 47th in job creation during his time in office was calculated by “diluting it with the first year in office, when he came into office, and it was 50th in job creation.”
Essentially, he was arguing that Mr. Romney’s first year, in 2003, shouldn’t be counted…
Just ignoring February of 2009, before any of Mr. Obama’s policies — including the economic stimulus — had been put into place, would wipe away all 552,000 lost jobs, giving the president a record of creating 172,000 jobs.
If Mr. Romney’s team were to ignore Mr. Obama’s first year in office — as Mr. Gillespie suggested should be done for Mr. Romney’s first year as governor — then the president would have added about 3.7 million jobs to the economy.