‘Are You Better Off Than You Were Four Years Ago?’: Romney Campaign Responds
On ABC’s ‘This Week,’ White House senior adviser David Plouffe was asked by George Stephanopoulos if the president can argue unequivocally that Americans are better off today than they were four years ago.
Plouffe responded, “We’ve clearly improved from the depths of the recession. We were losing 800,000 jobs a month, we’re now gaining them. The unemployment rate was around 10 [percent]; it’s come down.”
Romney senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom begged to differ and reacted on America's Newsroom. “I think this Democratic convention could represent a whole new genre in television – the unreality show
– things are not better off. Saying that things are better off is an insult to the 23 million Americans who are either out of work, or underemployed. Let’s just look at the facts. The unemployment rate is higher – it went from 7.8 percent when Obama took office to 8.3 percent today. Gas prices have doubled. Incomes have declined on average by about $4000 per household … I think the biggest challenge for president Obama at the convention is to explain why it is that he didn’t do what he said he was going to do.”
On the question of what the Romney campaign is offering to the American people, Fehrnstrom responded, “[Mitt Romney] did the three things he had to do [at the convention], which was to lay out his vision for a better future for America, to describe the failures of the last four years of the Obama presidency and to talk a little bit about himself and what motivates him."
Fehrnstrom also argued that Romney presented five steps to create 12 million new jobs by the end of his first term if elected president, some of which include more energy development, a stronger education system, cutting the deficit and encouraging small businesses.
What do you think – Are you better off than you were four years ago?