While campaigning in Los Angeles today, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney said he was "proud" of his economic record during his one term as Massachusetts governor.
"When I left, unemployment in Massachusetts was 4.7%. It's now substantially higher than that," Romney said. "I'm afraid that under the current governor we haven't seen job growth in Massachusetts."
Democrats have seized on the fact that Massachusetts ranked 47th in the nation in job creation during his four years as governor.
Standing in front of a mall development project that has been halted partly because of economic conditions in the state, Romney pointed out that California has lost 500,000 jobs since President Obama took office.
"I'm not running against the governor Massachusetts; I'm running against the president of the United States," Romney said. "And he has not created jobs. He's lost jobs."
"[President Obama] didn't focus on the economy," Romney added. "He delegated the stimulus to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, and they may have had less experience in the economy than he had."
Romney also defended his opponent Michele Bachmann from questions about if migraines would affect her potential presidency.
"There's no question in my mind that Michele Bachmann's health is in no way an impediment to her being able to serve as president," he said. "She and I have differing views, I'm sure, on some issues...but her health should not be an issue in the campaign."