"We Tried It. It Didn't Work"
[T]he jobless rate has been above 8 percent for 41 consecutive months. And that is what Republican challenger Mitt Romney emphasized in his response. Any upward movement in the economy will be good for Obama, but the halting recovery of this summer is hardly grounds for a “Morning in America” ad blitz in the fall.
Obama’s message on his two-day bus tour through Ohio and Pennsylvania has been twofold. First, he pointed to modest signs of progress in rebuilding the economy--the health of the auto industry is his principal case study across Ohio’s northern tier. At the same time, he warned that the medicine offered by Romney and the Republicans is exactly the wrong prescription.
As he said here Friday morning, “We tried it, and didn’t work.”