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Obama campaign tries again with another ad slamming Romney's tenure as Mass Gov.


After a less than ideal kickoff last week to the reelection team's new line of attack against Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, the Obama campaign has released another video slamming "RomneyEconomics"and their opponent's record as Governor of Massachusetts.

The ad features a line that was regurgitated by several Obama surrogates during the Sunday news show circuit yesterday: as Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney's state fell to 47th out of 50 states in job creation. Romney's staff counters this statistic though, claiming that over his tenure in Massachusetts, Romney pushed the state's rank in job growth from dead last to 30th.

"When Mitt Romney arrived, Massachusetts was an economic basket house,’’ Senior Advisor Eric Fehrnstrom said on ABC "This Week" Sunday. “If you throw D.C. into the mix, we were 51 out of 51. By the time Mitt Romney left four years later, we were in the middle of the pack. We were 30th in the nation in terms of job growth. That’s the trend line that you want to see. That’s called a turnaround. And it’s what this president has been unable to execute with the national economy.’’

The Boston Globe weighed in on this conflict of campaign claims regarding job growth in Massachusetts during Romney's tenure, ruling that both figures are, "in fact, mostly compatible and true."

In its review, the Globe examined seasonally adjusted, nonfarm jobs, the most commonly accepted employment measure.

The statistics show that Massachusetts’ job growth ranking improved dramatically from Romney’s first year in office to his last, but its cumulative ranking during Romney’s four-year term was markedly lower than it was under his predecessor.

The assertion that Massachusetts under Romney ranked 47th out of 50 states in job growth is true, and the Romney campaign has not disputed its accuracy. If the District of Columbia is included, Massachusetts’ rank was 48th. Over the four-year period 2003 to 2006, Massachusetts jobs grew by 1.26 percent, well behind the national median of 4.84 percent. In the previous four-year span 1999 to 2002, job growth in the Bay State was just 0.89 percent, but its national rank was 35th.

A comparison between the full-term job growth rankings of Romney and his predecessor, Jane Swift, supports Cutter’s point. From one governor’s four-year term to the next, Massachusetts’ national ranking dropped 13 spots.

Yet, the bureau’s data also reinforce Fehrnstrom’s argument. In 2003, Romney’s first year in office, the number of jobs in Massachusetts declined by 1.39 percent, ranking it “51 out of 51,’’ as Fehrnstrom said. In 2006, Romney’s last full year in office, Massachusetts jobs grew by 1.06 percent, 32d in the nation. Over the course of Romney’s tenure as governor, Massachusetts’ annual job growth ranking improved by 19 spots.

Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul has already responded to the new Obama ad, accusing the president of trying to shift public attention away from Friday's dismal jobs report .

"Having abandoned 'Hope and Change,' the Obama campaign only 'Hopes To Change The Subject' from an abysmal jobs report," Saul said in an e-mailed statement to CBS News. "We're happy to compare the 4.7 percent unemployment rate Mitt Romney achieved in Massachusetts to President Obama's weak record any day. President Obama's policies have failed to get Americans back to work - it's time for a president who has worked in the real world economy and understands how to get this economy moving again."

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