ABC News’ Emily Friedman (@EmilyABC) reports:
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney was criticized today by The Democratic National Committee for being “out of touch” after remarking during a campaign stop in Florida today that he too is unemployed.
The DNC’s “Rapid Response” team circulated a New York Times article this afternoon along with the message “Out of touch much…” to subscribers.
Romney was in Tampa today as part of a three-day trip to the Sunshine State for multiple fundraisers, and made a campaign stop along the way at Buddy Brew Coffee to talk to small business owners and Floridians looking for jobs.
After listening to stories about how hard it is to find work, Romney said, “I should tell my story, I’m also unemployed,” the Times reported.
“I have my sight on a particular job,” Romney added, according to the report, before saying that he might be without a job for “longer than [he’d] like.”
But aides who were with Romney at the event told ABC News that his remarks garnered laughter from the crowd and that the remark was meant to be self-deprecating, an attempt by the candidate to make fun of himself.
Romney has so far focused much of his campaign on pegging President Obama as the one who is out of touch when it comes to creating jobs to spur the struggling economy.
Following the May jobs report that showed an increase in the unemployment rate – it went up from 9 percent to 9.1 percent – Romney remarked at a town hall in Manchester, N.H., that President Obama has “failed the American people.”
“The borrowing and the spending and the 1.6 trillion dollar deficit these numbers are his, they are on his back, and that is why he it’s why he is going to lose,” Romney said.
And earlier this week the Romney campaign released a new web video “Bump in the Road,” a jab at President Obama’s remarks that there are “always bumps in the road to recovery.”
The video featured individuals declaring, “I am an American, not a bump in the road.”