You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade now to a modern browser in order to benefit of all our site's features: Chrome, FireFox, Opera, Safari or Internet Explorer. [Close]

The Official Blog of Fox News Channel

‘Are You Better Off Than You Were Four Years Ago?’: Romney Campaign Responds

On ABC’s ‘This Week,’ White House senior adviser David Plouffe was asked by George Stephanopoulos if the president can argue unequivocally that Americans are better off today than they were four years ago.

Plouffe responded, “We’ve clearly improved from the depths of the recession. We were losing 800,000 jobs a month, we’re now gaining them. The unemployment rate was around 10 [percent]; it’s come down.”

Romney senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom begged to differ and reacted on America's Newsroom. “I think this Democratic convention could represent a whole new genre in television – the unreality show

– things are not better off. Saying that things are better off is an insult to the 23 million Americans who are either out of work, or underemployed. Let’s just look at the facts. The unemployment rate is higher – it went from 7.8 percent when Obama took office to 8.3 percent today. Gas prices have doubled. Incomes have declined on average by about $4000 per household … I think the biggest challenge for president Obama at the convention is to explain why it is that he didn’t do what he said he was going to do.”

On the question of what the Romney campaign is offering to the American people, Fehrnstrom responded, “[Mitt Romney] did the three things he had to do [at the convention], which was to lay out his vision for a better future for America, to describe the failures of the last four years of the Obama presidency and to talk a little bit about himself and what motivates him."

Fehrnstrom also argued that Romney presented five steps to create 12 million new jobs by the end of his first term if elected president, some of which include more energy development, a stronger education system, cutting the deficit and encouraging small businesses.

What do you think – Are you better off than you were four years ago?

Leave a Comment0

Today's Front Page Stories

Don't want to keep checking back here for the latest from Fox News? That's cool. We'll come to you ...

Connect with Fox News


Stay connected with the most-trusted name in cable news through exclusive videos, blogs, polls, contests and behind-the-scene details.

Get More Fox!

Greta Is Wired! is the official blog of Greta Van Susteren. Get Greta’s breaking news alerts, pictures, videos, polls, and behind-the-scenes exclusives. Plus, speak out on open threads, as well as the live chat page. Connect to the GretaWire community ... and to Greta herself!

Fox News Presents: 'My America with Elisabeth Hasselbeck'

Fox News Channel presents an exciting new feature series, My America with Elisabeth Hasselbeck. From the quirky to the inspirational, "My America" reveals who we are as a nation – driven, passionate and uniquely American. Watch the latest installment, an up-close look at the beloved Oscar Mayer Wienermobile!