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Press Release - Welcome to North Carolina, Mr. President

September 14, 2011

As President Obama Visits North Carolina – Where Unemployment Is Over 10% And Hundreds Of Thousands Are Out Of Work – Fellow Democrats Confirm His "Jobs Plan" Won't Help The Economy

President Obama's Failed Policies Have Not Worked For North Carolina:

  • In July, The Unemployment Rate In North Carolina Climbed To 10.1%. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 9/14/11)
  • Over 450,000 North Carolinians Were Unemployed In July. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 9/14/11)
  • North Carolina Has Lost More Than 140,000 Nonfarm Payroll Jobs Since President Obama Took Office – Including 22,000 Jobs Since April. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, 9/14/11)

As The President Leaves Washington For The Day, Senate Democrats Reveal Their Feelings About His "Jobs Plan":

  • Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA): "Terrible ... We Shouldn't Increase Taxes On Ordinary Income. ... There Are Other Ways To Get There." (Manu Raju, "Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan," Politico, 9/14/11)
  • Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA): "Maybe It's Just For His Election, Which I Hope Isn't The Case." (Manu Raju, "Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan," Politico, 9/14/11)
  • Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE): "I Think The Best Jobs Bill That Can Be Passed Is A Comprehensive Long-Term Deficit-Reduction Plan ... That's Better Than Everything Else The President Is Talking About — Combined." (Manu Raju, "Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan," Politico, 9/14/11)
  • Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE): "I've Made It Clear I'm Looking For [Tax] Cuts, So I'm Very Hopeful There Will Be Cuts." (Manu Raju, "Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan," Politico, 9/14/11)
  • Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK): "On The Pay-Fors, I Have A Problem." (Manu Raju, "Hill Dems Pick Apart Obama Jobs Plan," Politico, 9/14/11)

As President Obama Campaigns For A Jobs Plan That Even Democrats Don't Like, Nearly Eight In Ten Americans Believe The Economy Is Getting Worse:

  • Gallup's Economic Confidence Index Released On September 14 Is At Its Lowest Point Since February 2009. "Americans' confidence in the U.S. economy is now at its lowest point since February 2009 – near the conclusion of the recession that officially ended in June 2009. Gallup's Economic Confidence Index was -52 in August, above its financial crisis lows, but much lower than the -21 to -35 range measured from June 2009 to June 2011." (Lymari Morales and Elizabeth Mendes, "Three Years After Crisis, Little Sign Of Economic Relief In U.S.," Gallup.com, 9/14/11)
  • 77 Percent Of Americans Polled By Gallup In August Said The Economy Is Getting Worse. "Americans' current level of economic confidence – which represents their views on the current state and future direction of the nation's economy – is decidedly negative. Seventy-seven percent said the economy was getting worse in August, the highest – by far – since February 2009, the month in which Congress passed a $787 billion stimulus bill in hopes of lifting the U.S. economy out the depths of the recession." (Lymari Morales and Elizabeth Mendes, "Three Years After Crisis, Little Sign Of Economic Relief In U.S.," Gallup.com, 9/14/11)

Mitt Romney, Press Release - Welcome to North Carolina, Mr. President Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/297958

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