ABC News’ Michael Falcone (@michaelpfalcone) reports:
Fresh off the official kick-off of his presidential campaign, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney criticized President Obama for saying on Friday, as the country’s unemployment rate rose to 9.1 percent, that “there are always going to be bumps in the road to recovery.”
“No, Mr. President,” Romney said, “that’s not a bump, that’s Americans. People unemployed are not just statistics or bumps.”
He added, “this is not just a crisis, this is a moral crisis.”
Romney was speaking to an audience of social conservatives at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, DC and he did his best to make his case to them.
“We’re united in the love we have for this great country, we’re united in our belief in the sanctity of human life,” he said, “we’re united in our belief in the importance and significance of marriage between one man and one woman.”
Romney called President Obama's trip to Toledo, Ohio on Friday where he spoke to workers at the automobile company, Chrysler, a “victory lap.”
“He’s taking a victory lap at the very time we have more people, announced today, that are out of work,” Romney said. “It’s an extraordinary thing. I don’t think it’s possible to solve a crisis if you can’t see a crisis. And this president does not see a crisis, and we do.”
Romney also called the nation’s growing national debt a “moral tragedy.”
“I think it’s totally inexcusable,” he said.
As he did over the past two days as he formally rolled out his presidential campaign in New Hampshire, Romney said that President Obama “has failed the American people” and called the health care reform plan pushed by the Obama administration “the mother of all federal power grabs.”
“We’re going to get rid of that,” Romney said, without referring to the similarities between the Democratic plan and the one he signed into law as governor of Massachusetts.
“We’ve lost a couple of years,” Romney said of the first three years of Obama’s presidency, “but we haven’t lost our way.”