Romney Says He’d Fire Plouffe for Unemployment Comments

By Eliza

Jul 8, 2011 10:02am

At a Bloomberg News breakfast Wednesday, White House senior adviser David Plouffe made remarks on unemployment that are being seized upon today by Republicans as out-of-touch.

"The average American does not view the economy through the prism of GDP or unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers,” Plouffe said. “People won’t vote based on the unemployment rate, they’re going to vote based on: ‘How do I feel about my own situation? Do I believe the president makes decisions based on me and my family?’”

(You can read Plouffe's full comments, and a defense of them, from the Washington Post's Greg Sargent HERE.)

In a statement, GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney said, “Today’s abysmal jobs report confirms what we all know – that President Obama has failed to get this economy moving again. Just this week, President Obama’s closest White House adviser said that ‘unemployment rates or even monthly jobs numbers’ do not matter to the average American.

“If David Plouffe were working for me, I would fire him and then he could experience firsthand the pain of unemployment," Romney said. "His comments are an insult to the more than 20 million people who are out of work, underemployed or who have simply stopped looking for jobs. With their cavalier attitude about the economy, the White House has turned the audacity of hope into the audacity of indifference.”

Just a couple weeks ago it was Romney criticized as being out-of-touch, for joking that he was unemployed.

-Jake Tapper

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