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SMU Students Analyze the 2012 Presidential Election

Candidates Respond to Jobs Report in Virginia

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As both candidates made stops in Virginia late last week, they both had the newest job reports to talk to concerned Virginians about.

Obama and Romney reacted very differently to the news that unemployment had fallen to its lowest rate since President Obama took office.

According to the Richmond-Times Dispatch, President Obama attributed the lower unemployment rate to more Americans finding jobs:

“Today, I believe that as a nation we are moving forward again,” Obama said at George Mason University. “After losing about 800,000 jobs a month when I took office, our businesses have now added 5.2 million new jobs over the past 2½ years.

“This morning we found out that the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since I took office,” in January 2009, Obama said. “More Americans entered the workforce, more people are getting jobs.”

Romney however, took a very different approach, as he believes more people have simply stopped looking for a job:

“There were fewer new jobs created this month than last month,” he said, attributing the unemployment rate’s decline to people dropping out of the workforce.

“It looks like unemployment’s getting better, but the truth is, if the same share of people were participating in the workforce today as on the day the president got elected, why our unemployment rate would be around 11 percent,” Romney said. “That’s the real reality of what’s happening out there.”

The economy remains a concern for all Virginians and the stagnant unemployment in the state has voters taking more time to decide who they think will help get the national and local economy back on track.

Stay tuned for more presidential election coverage.

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