Day After Romney’s Unemployment Joke Falls Flat, Campaign Releases New Web Video

By Eliza

Jun 17, 2011 9:48am

ABC News’ Emily Friedman (@EmilyABC) reports:

The day after presidential candidate Mitt Romney was criticized by the DNC for being "out of touch" when he remarked that he’s unemployed during a meeting with out of work Floridians, his campaign released a new web video, an attempt to turn the spotlight back on the President and what the campaign believes is the current administration’s poor handling of the economy.

The video, titled "20,000,000 Bumps In The Road," is similar to a web video released earlier this week, “Bump in the Road,” but this time uses not only the president’s remarks about the struggling economy but those of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

Americans lying in the middle of a dirt road are shown in the video, as text shows of quotes attributed to Carney’s briefings this week appear on the screen reading, “Bump In The Road Is Exactly What The President Said…” and “‘We Are Headed In The Right Direction…”

Then, a calculation by the Romney camp of just how far those unemployed bodies would stretch if they were actually to lie down as bumps on a road: “President Obama’s 20 Million Bumps In The Road Would Stretch From The White House To Los Angeles,” the text reads. “And Back….”

Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul adds, “In 2008, candidate Barack Obama talked a lot about how the other side ‘just didn’t get it.’ Now that millions of Americans have lost their jobs under his economic leadership, President Obama is proving ‘he just doesn’t get it.’ His White House continues to defend failure and is unwilling to admit the devastation caused by the President’s mistakes and failed leadership.”

But less than 24 hours ago it was Romney who was coming under fire for “not getting it,” after telling small business owners and Floridians looking for work at a campaign stop in Tampa, Florida that he too is unemployed.

After listening to stories about how hard it is to find work, Romney told the group, “I should tell my story, I’m also unemployed.”

The remark prompted an e-mail blast from The Democratic National Committee’s “Rapid Response” team and assertions by the Romney camp that the comment was meant to be self-deprecating and even the crowd found the former governor’s joke funny.

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