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PostSubject: Republican message of “doom and gloom” hits snag   Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:27 am



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Romney Campaign Said To Ask Scott To Downplay Job Gains

Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign asked Florida Governor Rick Scott to tone down his statements heralding improvements in the state’s economy because they clash with the presumptive Republican nominee’s message that the nation is suffering under President Barack Obama, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The state Republican party ran a television ad in March crediting Scott, who is a year and a half into a four-year term, for drops in the unemployment rate. “Companies are hiring, expanding, putting more Floridians to work,” the ad narrator said. “Florida’s unemployment rate continues to get better.”

Republican governors in Ohio, Virginia, Michigan and Wisconsin also have highlighted improving economies.

Scott, a Republican, was asked to say that the state’s jobless rate could improve faster under a Romney presidency, according to the people, who asked not to be named.

A Romney adviser made the request this week to Scott’s staff after press releases from the governor’s re-election campaign and Internet messages from the Florida Chamber of Commerce trumpeted the state’s drop to 8.6 percent unemployment rate in May from 8.7 percent in April, the people said. The national unemployment rate is 8.2 percent.

Scott’s news release said the jobless rate had dropped 11 consecutive months in Florida and asked supporters to “spread the news” on Facebook, Twitter and by e-mailing their friends.

“The first time I saw that ad I initially thought it was an Obama ad,” said Brad Coker, managing director of the Washington-based Mason-Dixon Polling & Research. “They’ll have to tamp it down.”

Two months later, Crossroads GPS, a super-political action committee that is supporting Romney, was on television in Florida with a spot featuring a female character saying her kids “can’t find jobs.”

“Unemployment Rate Stays High,” says a mock newspaper headline in the ad.

Romney hasn’t campaigned with Scott, a first-term governor, whose approval rating is 39 percent, according to a poll yesterday from Quinnipiac, in Hamden, Connecticut. That’s down from 41 percent on May 24.

Romney’s staff has concluded there’s no benefit in appearing with Scott, said two campaign advisers who asked for anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the matter.

The rest of the story:
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-06-21/romney-campaign-said-to-ask-scott-to-downplay-job-gains.html
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PostSubject: Re: Republican message of “doom and gloom” hits snag   Wed Jun 27, 2012 6:59 am

Saw this at the TVT. I guess Bloomberg needs to do fact checks more often.


http://www.postonpolitics.com/...-conflict-over-jobs/

Romney, Scott surrogates deny message conflict over jobs

by George Bennett | June 21st, 2012

Both Mitt Romney‘s campaign and Gov. Rick Scott‘s office are denying a Bloomberg News report that the Romney camp asked fellow Republican Scott to tone down his boasting about Florida’s job growth.

While Romney has been blasting President Obama on high unemployment and flaccid job growth, Scott has been boasting about job creation in the Sunshine State, the home to 29 pivotal electoral votes.

Bloomberg, citing “two people familiar with the matter,” said the Romney campaign was worried about Scott undermining Romney’s message and wanted the governor to say things would improve faster if Romney were president.

Democrats pounced on the story, with Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz saying Romney had “sunk to a new low.”

But Florida-based Romney adviser Alberto Martinez and Scott spokeswoman Jackie Schutz say no such directive ever occurred.



“The story just isn’t true,” Martinez said. “Our message in Florida has always been that Gov. Romney will make things easier for job creators and get the economy going, contrary to President Obama’s job-stifling policies. Gov. Romney rightly praises governors like Rick Scott for their ability to fight through President Obama’s abysmal economy and achieve positive results. Anyone who says different is singing off their own song sheet.”

Said Schutz: “It’s nice to have even Democrats and President Obama’s campaign pushing a story acknowledging the good job Governor Scott is doing in Florida, but no Romney official has asked Governor Scott or staff to change our message.”
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