Mitt Romney called today's jobs numbers "devastating news" as he simultaneously reminded Americans that it was the state of the economy that spurred his run for the presidency.
"This week has seen a cascade of one bad piece of economic news after another," said Romney in a written statement.
According to the May jobs report, the economy created 69,000 jobs last month, well below economist expectations of around 150,000 new jobs. Additionally, the unemployment rate spiked slightly, rising from 8.1 percent to 8.2 percent.
"Slowing GDP growth, plunging consumer confidence, an increase in unemployment claims and now another dismal jobs report all stand as a harsh indictment of the president's handling of the economy," said Romney, who has spent his entire campaign running primarily on his record as a businessman, assuring the American people that his business know-how allows him to turn around the economy.
"It is now clear to everyone that President Obama's policies have failed to achieve their goals and that the Obama economy is crushing America's middle class," said Romney. "The president's re-election slogan may be 'forward,' but it seems like we've been moving backward. We can do so much better in America. That's why I'm running for president."