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Video: 2004 Mitt Romney Says It’s ‘Poppycock’ To Blame President For Job Market

Progressive SuperPAC American Bridge has dug up some video of Republican presidential candidate and then-Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, defending President George W. Bush‘s economic record in 2004, that’s spookily resonant to this year’s election. In the clip, Romney not only amusingly uses the word “poppycock” (one of the all-time underrated old man curse words and a delicious snack), he also urges voters not to blame the President for unforeseen catastrophes, and to ask “Do I stay with the president, who is rebuilding the economy, who is creating jobs, or do you want to stop mid-stream and find someone new?’”

In the video, Romney draws several eerie parallels to the current election. While President Obama took office in the middle of what some call an “economic 9/11,” Romney talked about a “perfect storm” that included the actual 9/11: (transcription by American Bridge)

“The people of America recognize that the slowdown in jobs that occurred during the early years of the Bush administration were the result of a perfect storm. And an effort by one candidate to somehow say ‘Oh, this recession and the slowdown in jobs was the result of somehow this president magically being elected…’ people in America just dismiss that as being poppycock. And they recognize it as that.”

Later in the clip, Romney blames the internet bubble, whereas President Obama had to contend with a Jupiter-sized real estate bubble:

“They [the American people] also recognize that there was a cyclical recession that rebounded from the extravagance of the period that existed prior to that time where we had irrational exuberance, according to Alan Greenspan, and we had a downturn. They also recognize that the internet bubble burst. These things came together creating a perfect storm that meant a huge job loss.”

Finally, Romney sums things up with a question that could easily be the title of an Obama campaign strategy memo:

“Every indication is that the economic policies adopted and pursued by this president are creating jobs at a very high pace. And so the people of America have to ask ‘Do I stay with the president, who is rebuilding the economy, who is creating jobs, or do you want to stop mid-stream and find someone new?”

The point here is to use Romney’s 2004 words to undercut whatever he plans on saying when tomorrow’s jobs report is released (honestly, though, we could gain a million jobs and Republicans would complain about all the wear and tear on the roads), but the Obama campaign might want to seriously consider that mid-stream argument.

Here’s the clip, from American Bridge:


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