Barack Obama’s campaign has launched its latest Mitt-seeking missile in the form of a TV spot about titled “Number One,” which refers to the per capita debt in Massachusetts while Mitt Romney was governor.
When Mitt Romney was governor, Massachusetts was number one. Number one in state debt: $18 billion dollars in debt, more debt per person than any other state in the country.
At the same time Massachusetts fell to 47th in job creation; one of the worst economic records in the country. First in debt, 47th in job creation. That’s Romney Economics. It didn’t work then. It won’t work now.
The Romney camp, of course, responded by changing the topic (via ABC’s The Note):
“President Obama has overseen trillion-dollar deficits, soaring national debt and the first credit downgrade in history,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in a statement. “Mitt Romney, on the other hand, closed a $3 billion budget shortfall, balanced four budgets, left a $2 billion rainy day fund and received a credit rating upgrade. President Obama will do anything to distract from his abysmal economic record and — despite that record — the fact that he thinks the private sector is ‘doing fine.’ Mitt Romney knows our country can do better and, under his leadership, it will do better.”
The Romneyics also provided this helpful chart (via BuzzFeed):
Fact-checks, no doubt, to follow. But it’s safe to assume every claim has been rounded up to the nearest half-truth.