Melodie Andrews, Mankato
— Voters inclined to support Mitt Romney because of his character, business experience and record as governor should take a closer look.
Romney claims he will create 12 million jobs in four years. Independent analysts predict a gain of 12 million new jobs by 2016, without a change in policy or in the president. Romney wants credit for what will probably happen anyway.
Romney’s record with Bain Capital shows he was a job destroyer, not a job creator. He created profits for himself and Bain investors, but he eliminated thousands of jobs and sent others overseas.
In 2002, Romney credited the “enormous spending and services of the federal government” for saving the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. The event was made possible by $1.4 billion in funding from Washington. The federal government saved the Olympic Games, not Romney.
During Romney’s governorship, Massachusetts ranked 47th out of 50 states in job growth. Except for Romneycare, as governor Romney did not reach across the aisle to Democratic lawmakers. He issued some 800 vetoes, and the Massachusetts legislature overrode nearly all of them. So much for his new found claims of bipartisanship.
Before his term ended, his public approval rating sank to 34 percent and 31 percent of Massachusetts Republicans did not want him to run for a second term.
With a record like this, Romney can only resort to lies. His latest lie, that Chrysler is shifting Jeep production from Toledo to China, was denounced by Chrysler, which is adding 1,000 new jobs in Toledo.
Romney’s actual record shows he is not truthful, not a job creator, and not a bipartisan leader.