Mitt Romney on CNBC’s “Fast Money Halftime Report” – June 1 2012


Mitt Romney on CNBC’s “Fast Money Halftime Report” – June 1 2012


President Obama’s failed policies—not the European debt crisis—are to blame for the struggling U.S. economy, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney told CNBC.

Speaking hours after the Bureau of Labor Statistics said the unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent and the economy created just 69,000 jobs in May, Romney said the president has run out of excuses for the weak performance.

“This is very bad news for the American people, and the president is always quick to find someone to blame,” Romney said in a live interview on CNBC’s “Fast Money Halftime Report” show. “First it was George Bush, then Congress, ATM machines, then it was Europe. The truth is it’s the job of the president to get people back to work.”

Stocks sold off violently after the jobs report and have been on a downward trajectory in part because of investor fears that sovereign debt defaults in Greece could spread through the euro zone and infect the global economy.

While acknowledging that the European situation is difficult, he said the problem has been exacerbated because Obama has not been focused on growing the U.S. economy.

“The developments around the world always influence our jobs. But we should be well into a very robust recovery by now,” Romney said. “If the president’s policies had worked, if he’d been able to get America back on track, we’d be looking at what happened in Europe as a problem but not devastating. These numbers are devastating.”

If elected, Romney said he would focus on creating more jobs in the energy field by broadening the nation’s exploration efforts. He also said he’d scrap the Affordable Care Act — often called “Obamacare” — which he said has created an air of uncertainty that also has stymied job growth.

He also rejected the notion that the Federal Reserve ought to consider another round of quantitative easing, a bond-buying program the central bank conducted over the past three years to lower interest rates and boost risk assets.

“The Fed stimulative effects have really run their course. QE2 was not able to yield the economic benefits which they hoped it would be able to yield,” Romney said. “I don’t think we’re looking for more QE3 if you will. I don’t think that will have any more impact than Q

E2 did.”

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