Romney Talks Economy, Opponents’ Mass.-Bashing, Time As Governor

By Karen Anderson, WBZ-TV

DERRY, NH (CBS) – Mitt Romney took some time out of his schedule crisscrossing the state and getting ready for the debate to talk one-on-one with WBZ-TV on Saturday.

He said he was looking forward to the debate Saturday night.

“I’ve got broad shoulders. If I can’t handle this, how would I ever handle President Obama and his $1 billion?” Romney responded when asked if he believes his rivals will team up on him.

Romney has kept his eye focused on President Obama and he says he would do the same Saturday night.

“I will be going after the President pretty aggressively,” said Romney.

We asked Romney if it stands to reason that if you blame President Obama for bad news than he deserves some credit for the good news.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson sits down with Mitt Romney

“Well, it depends on the news that occurs. When the sun rises in the morning, we don’t congratulate the rooster,” Romney responded. “So it may be true the President may try to crow if there is good news, but so far we haven’t seen unemployment below 8% in 35 months.”

Since Romney has talked so much about jobs and the economy in your campaign, we asked him when the country gets good economic news, if it blunts his message?

Not at all, the Governor responded.

“I’m happy when we get good economic news,” he said. “Get these people back to work.” He says, “We’ve never had a recession that didn’t end and didn’t put people back to work. What’s unusual about this one is how deep the recession went in part because of the President’s policy.”

Romney’s also talked about his own record on jobs.

The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation confirms when Romney was Governor, the state was 47 of 50 in terms of job creation. Romney credits already-strong employment for that statistic.

“Massachusetts had a low rate of unemployment. We were below the national average,” he pointed out. “And Mass didn’t go down in as deep a hole as other states did, so the numbers about recovery were not steep either. We were proud during my term Massachusetts was below the national average three out of four quarters.”

Romney said his team also helped to build a pipe line to bring businesses to the state including Bristol Myers Squib.

What is Romney’s biggest frustration on the campaign trail? He said he really didn’t have any frustrations. He says he enjoys campaigning, calling it exhilarating to be out connecting with friends and talking about what you care about.

There’s been a lot of Massachusetts-bashing going on in the GOP race right now. What was Governor Romney’s proudest moment as Governor of Mass?

“Well getting elected was great,” Romney laughed. “There are times I was really moved. One of those was when people came out of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and people from all over the state brought goods and clothing, they came to volunteer. I was overwhelmed by the support from people in Massachusetts.”

He also remembers the outpouring of support for flood victims.

“The spirit of the people of Massachusetts to step up and help people in need was always an inspiration for me,” Romney said.

  • donny

    Mitt “Me, Me, Me” Romney.

    I simply can no longer stand this narcisstic, self-serving, carpet bagger who NEVER has a kind word for our state!! He used this state merely as a launch pad for his personal ambition. The fact he never defends the ‘good people’ of Massachusetts on the national stage shows his true character – heck, he’s the first to throw us under the bus! Disgusting.

    I wouldn’t vote for him again (as I did for governor). Fool me once…

  • donny

    Mitt “Me” Romney’s lack of loyalty to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts shows the man for the narcissistic, self-promoting, suit he truly is. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard him defend our state from the derogatory labels attached to it on the national stage. Nope, he has NO loyalty to the state which he simply USED as a launching pad for his ego-driven journey to be President.

    I know one Massachusetts-proud resident who’ll not vote for this ‘man’ again – for anything! Fool me once…

    • Italo

      Finally. Finally, I have just been waiting for this stage in his campaign, when his track as Massachusetts governor comes to play in the debates, ads and coverage. Good riddance to him.

  • Cuthbert

    So why did be bash Massachusetts at every chance he had when he got bored with being “governor” here? Are we to expect the same from a “President Romney”?

  • Cuthbert

    Are people going to be BRAINWASHED by his bluster?

  • Derek Smart

    After the debate, the media tries to cover for Romeny as they try to discount what the New York Times said about Mitts plan being weak… But the NY Times is correct! Whats Romeny really got? When compared to Gingrich plan Romneys plan is very weak.

  • Derek Smart

    This is what Newts offering:
    12% Corp Rate (Companies stay and move back to America… more Jobs and higher incomes)
    0% Capital Gains for every one! ( more capital pumped into the economy) and re-invested
    100% write off of expenses vs 7 year write off ( more capital pumped into the economy ASAP)
    No Death Tax.. (these are your own familys assets)

    Yes, to hell with What the New York Times says… but whats Romeny got? A 25% corp rate. Thats it! Then Romney said: We have to open markets up and we have to do something? Do what Romeny?

    Newt Gingrich represents coherent leadership… with a 21st Century Contract with America. He clearly has the best plan to move America forward.

  • Jerry Frey

    Alexis de Tocqueville observed:

    “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”

    “I do not know if the people of the United States would vote for superior men if they ran for office, but there can be no doubt that such men do not run.”

    It doesn’t matter who is elected – nothing will change, our country will be divided more than ever.

  • Dave_D

    Did you ask to see his birth certificate? Is he really a US citizen? I hear that he is descended from Mexicans…

    Plus, I understand that he speaks French. As we all know, no real American speaks French.

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