Mitt Romney Says President Obama is Ineffective

The former Massachusetts governor says Obama has made the economy worse.

Posted: 05/31/2011 04:38 PM EDT

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who plans to formally enter the presidential race on Thursday, had some harsh words for President Obama during an interview on NBC’s “Today “ show. Currently the frontrunner in the current field of Republicans, it will be Romney’s second bid for the White House.

 

Romney has not yet won his party’s nomination, but he’s sounding very much like a candidate in a general election, attacking Obama on both domestic and foreign policy issues. The former governor said that Obama is one of the most ineffective presidents he’s ever seen and that he would give him a failing grade.

 

On the economy, Romney said that while the president didn’t cause the recession, “he made things worse.” He also said that Obama doesn’t have a foreign policy.

 

“The president has embarrassed himself here and around the world by convincing our friends that in some respects it’s better to be a foe of America than a friend,” Romney said, adding that Obama “doesn’t have a cogent assessment of what he’s going to do, regardless of the circumstances,” when it comes to national security.

 

The multimillionaire said that he would focus on the economy during his campaign and hopes that his successful career in business will help him win the GOP nomination.

 

The Democratic National Committee fired back at Romney’s comments, poiting to his tenure as governor of Massachusetts.

 

“While 14 straight months of private sector job growth, the creation of over two million private sector jobs and a rejuvenated American auto industry belie Mr. Romney’s assessment of the administration’s accomplishments on the ‘Today’ show this morning, what can’t be disputed is that under Mitt Romney, Massachusetts ranked 47th out of 50 states in job growth,” said DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan.

 

In addition, in 2005 Romney received a C+ grade on the Pew Center on the States Government Management Report Card and a C on fiscal policy from the Cato Institute in 2004 and 2005.

 

(Photo: Rebecca Cook/Reuters)

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