Romney tries to keep Obama’s ‘doing fine’ comment alive

Holly Bailey
The Ticket

Mitt Romney is still trying to score political points off President Barack Obama's remark last Friday that the private sector is "doing fine."

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee's campaign has released a new minute-long video featuring news coverage of the May jobs report, which showed weaker-than-expected job creation and a slight uptick in the nation's unemployment numbers.

The Romney video, titled "Jolt," then shifts to footage of Obama's White House news conference Friday, in which the president declared: "The private sector is doing fine." Obama later clarified his remarks, telling reporters Friday afternoon, "The economy is not doing fine."

But that clarification goes unmentioned in the Romney ad, which asks, as an ominous sound track swells, "Has there ever been a president so out of touch with the middle class?"

The spot directs viewers to a Romney-sponsored website, ObamaIsn', which features stories of unemployed workers across the country, as well as a countdown to Inauguration Day 2013.

Romney and his GOP allies are hoping that Obama's "doing fine" comment will be the kind of major political gaffe that could haunt him with voters this fall.