Obama Vs. Romney: Who's The Better Job Creator?

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Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney called Friday's monthly jobs report "devastating news" for workers and their families.

Employers created just 69,000 jobs in May — the fewest in a year — and the unemployment rate rose slightly to 8.2 percent, up from 8.1 percent in April.

Romney's criticism is the latest volley in the battle over which candidate has a better record on job creation.

Romney also unveiled a new ad, called “A Better Day,” which says a president Romney will focus on the economy and the deficit from day one.

President Obama's campaign fired back with "Broken Promises," a video that slams Romney's jobs' record as governor of Massachusetts.

But sussing out who has a better job creation record isn't easy.

Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post Fact Checker column says it's difficult to do an apples-to-apples comparison on job creation between a president and a governor. But he writes, when you do delve into the numbers, neither candidate has much to brag about:
Neither man has a great record on job creation, but both took office in tough economic times. The scope of the challenge facing Obama appears to have been bigger, but Romney can claim he moved into positive territory faster. Still, it is no secret why both prefer to talk about their opponent’s jobs record than their own.


  • Glenn Kessler, Washington Post Fact Checker columnist

This segment aired on June 1, 2012.


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