Mitt Romney: President Obama "Was Unable to Fill Old Promises"
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney joined Bret Baier for an exclusive interview in Sioux City, Iowa this morning with his first live reaction to President Obama’s convention speech and the August jobs report.
Romney first weighed in on the jobs numbers, saying “Another disappointing monthly figure … If you look over the last several quarters, the last several years, you see the continued pattern, which is we’re not creating the jobs we need to create to put Americans back to work. For every net new job created, four dropped out of workforce. We’re going in the wrong direction.”
On the president's speech, Romney said he was "disappointed." He continued, "There was nothing in the speech that gives confidence that the president knows what he is doing when it comes to jobs and the economy. As a matter of fact, he hardly even mentioned jobs or economy.”
"He, in his speech, laid out a few new promises, but the old promises he gave, he didn't report on, and the reason he didn’t do that is because he was unable to fulfill the old promises."
Romney also talked about the auto bailout and what he would do to attract voters tied to the car industry.
"I don’t think many people understand that the president took the car companies into bankruptcy. They went into bankruptcy exactly as I proposed so the difference between us is, I would have done it earlier than the president did and saved the American taxpayer about 20 billion dollars," he said.
On the question of why Romney did not mention "troops" and the war in Afghanistan in his speech at the RNC, Romney responded, "I described in my speech a commitment to a strong military unlike the president's decision to cut our military." Romney also pointed out that he went to American Legion during the convenion, which he says made a much bigger statement.
Finally, Romney gave his assessment of the 2012 race with 60 days to go before election. Watch the full interview below: