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Romney says Newt taking job-creation credit is like Al Gore's Internet claim


Everyone knows former Vice President Al Gore once took a lot of credit for the creation of the Internet. And everyone laughs at it. At a campaign event in South Carolina on Wednesday, Mitt Romney tied Gore's claim that he helped create the Internet to Newt Gingrich.

Here's what he said via the Spartanburg Herald Journal:

“The speaker just the other day at the debate was talking about how he created millions of jobs when he was working with the Reagan administration,” Romney said. “Well, he'd been in Congress two years when Ronald Reagan came to office. That would be like saying 435 congressmen were all responsible for those jobs. Government doesn't create jobs. It's the private sector that creates jobs. Congressmen taking responsibility or taking credit for helping create jobs is like Al Gore taking credit for the Internet.”

And here's Gingrich's quote about job creation from Monday's debate Romney was referring to:

"As a young member of Congress, I worked with President Ronald Reagan. We passed an economic growth package. We created 16 million jobs. The American people within a framework that Reagan had established created 16 million jobs.

As speaker I came back — working with President Bill Clinton, we passed a very Reagan-like program, less regulation, lower taxes. Unemployment dropped to 4.2 percent. We created 11 million jobs. Now, those are real numbers that people can verify out in the open."

h/t Politico

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