Romney said President Obama’s killing of Osama bin Laden was laudable, but still grades his president an “F.” "Oh an F, there's no question about that,” Romney said, adding, “Across the board” – even on foreign policy. "Look at what's happening in the Middle East. The Arab Spring's become the Arab Winter."
Domestically, Romney said, unemployment's bad, claiming of Obama, "even he said it would be in the 6% range.” (However, we can’t remember anytime when Obama promised unemployment would be at 6%.)
Romney also said he wanted to partially privatize unemployment benefits. “I think it would be a much better system to have folks have a personal account, if you will, where they’d build up over time an unemployment account. They’re able to draw from that, perhaps as being matched by the government, they’d draw from that.” He added, “So they’d have an incentive to get back to work. At the same time, they have the resources they need during difficult times of unemployment.”
The Boston Globe: “The former Massachusetts governor, when asked about what he would do to improve the economy, mentioned a program he oversaw in Massachusetts. The program gave employers a $2,000 to help train workers who had been unemployed for more than a year. Romney also outlined a potential shift in federal unemployment payments, something that could become a major topic during the election.”
“Polls already show that President Obama is destined to win Massachusetts handily this fall, but Mitt Romney’s team showed Thursday that it won’t allow insult on top of that political injury,” the Boston Globe’s Johnson writes. “When word leaked Wednesday afternoon that senior Obama strategist David Axelrod was coming to the State House on Thursday morning to criticize Romney’s record as governor, Romney’s team quickly mobilized. There would be no such rally such as that George H.W. Bush staged with Boston police officers when he was running for president in 1988 against then-Governor Michael S. Dukakis, and no such uncontested photo-op of Bush peering into the waters of a then-polluted Boston Harbor.”