The Massachusetts Miracle -- or Not. Romney proudly touts his success at creating jobs in Massachusetts, but the facts may not help him.
According to MarketWatch, Massachusetts ranked 50th out of the 50 states in job growth during Romney's first year in office, and things improved very little thereafter.
By the end of his term, Massachusetts was still 47th, ranking above only rustbelt states Michigan and Ohio and Hurricane Katrina-wracked Louisiana. While groups were growing nationwide at more than 5%, Massachusetts limped along at a bare 0.9%.
Yes, some jobs may have been created in Massachusetts during Romney's tenure, but not at a level that unemployed American voters are likely to find reassuring.So, who is the real Mitt Romney? It's clear that Romney will continue to portray himself as a savvy businessman who can put America back to work, and that President Obama will want to characterize him as a heartless corporate pirate who got filthy rich on other people's misery. The truth undoubtedly lies somewhere in between, but Romney's tendency to publicly stumble over his own wealth won't help him in the polls. The Internet is already full of awkward Romney quotes such as:
- "Corporations are people, my friend;
- "I like being able to fire people;" and
- "I'm not concerned about the very poor."