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Romney Campaign Suffers New Blow Ahead of First Debate

Republican presidential candidate speaks at a campaign fundraiser at the Union League Club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 28, 2012.
Republican presidential candidate speaks at a campaign fundraiser at the Union League Club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 28, 2012.
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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was campaigning in the battleground state of Pennsylvania Friday as news that President Barack Obama had presided over net job growth derailed one of the Republican candidate's key talking points.

The former Massachusetts governor has repeatedly criticized Obama's handling of the economy, claiming the nation has lost hundreds of thousands of jobs since the president took office.  But revised figures Friday from the Labor Department mean Romney can no longer make that argument.

While nearly 13 million workers are unemployed in the country, the new numbers indicate U.S. employers added almost 400,000 more jobs during the 12 months ending in March than previously estimated.

That means the overall number of jobs in the U.S. labor market is now 125,000 higher than in January 2009 when President Obama came into office, and that the jobs created under Obama offset those lost during his term.

For Romney, the news comes after an already tough couple of weeks for his campaign.  The Republican candidate's standing has fallen since a video surfaced earlier this month showing him telling wealthy supporters that 47 percent of Americans pay no taxes and consider themselves "victims" entitled to government support.

Recent polls show President Obama with a significant lead over his Republican challenger in Pennsylvania and many of the other so-called swing states expected to decide the November 6 election.

The assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute says the presidential debates, which start next week, may be Romney's best chance to reverse the trend in his favor.

The Republican candidate will spend time this weekend preparing for the first of the three debates - scheduled to take place next Wednesday in Denver, the capital of the western state of Colorado.  Romney is also holding a fundraiser in Boston, the capital of his home state of Massachusetts.

President Obama, meanwhile, will also focus on raising money Friday with his own fundraising events in Washington, D.C. and will begin debate practice sessions in Nevada on Sunday.


Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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by: Jim from: California
September 29, 2012 10:52 AM
The writer also failed to note that the US population has grown by about 7.4 million since Obama took office. 125,000/7,400,000 is not a good number. 1 new job for every 59 additional citizens


by: john from: dc
September 28, 2012 6:12 PM
what a ridiculous and biased article. instead of naming the article something like 'improved jobs report' , the writer decides to use a headline taking a shot at romney.

it's hard to no notice liberal media bias these days

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by: Mubelwa Bandio from: DC
September 29, 2012 9:20 AM
Hello John.
It is what it is. It is a blow.
I bet you if the number were the other way around, FOX News would have the same tittle with Obama in Romney's place.
He's hurt. He needs debate and i doubt if he can out-debate the president.
And above all....HE CAN'T BE TRUSTED

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by: Paul from: Greece
September 29, 2012 8:22 AM
John,
True, but I read the rest of the article to get to the real information.
It is a challenge to set up a "headline" and with the debates so close--I am sure that the repubs were going to use employment as a debatable topic. What can I say--except all of us cannot be pleased by the "bylines".

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by: S.H..Huang from: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
September 29, 2012 8:20 AM
Facts and figures do not, and should not,lie.Besides improving the job situation since Obama took office in January, 2009, one important point should be highlighted. A few months before the November, 2008 Presidential election, the auto industry was about to collapse, with millions about to be laid off. And when Obama took office, he was left with the "baby" to be rescued. Another point was that US was deeply involved in the Iraq war; and hence getting out of it became problematic. It took great effort for Presidnent Obama to disengage US from Iraq; and now that thousands of Ameriacn troops have come home.The Iraq war was quite unnecessary; it drained away billions, if not trillions , of dollars, not to mention loss of thousands of American lives. Now, US is involved Afghanistan. To get out needs time. Again millions, if not trillions, of dollars is expended. Again, it is another unnecessary war. Again, loss of American lives.The huge deficit is partly caused by American involvement in wars. Sub-prime housing loans in US also caused unemployment rate to rise.Bankers should always be prudent in lending!Unemployment is also caused by poor banking system.

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