The national economy emerged from recession in November 2001 and was creating jobs by July 2003, while Massachusetts lagged six months behind under Mitt Romney’s watch. The state’s economic growth stayed that way, trailing the rest of the country every year of Romney’s term. Massachusetts plummeted to 47th out of 50 in job creation and manufacturing jobs fell at twice the national average, the third-worst record in the country.
Jim Messina left his job as chief of staff to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) in 2008 to work as Chief of Staff on Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. After Obama’s victory, Messina was Deputy Chief of Staff in the White House. In January 2011, he assumed the post of campaign manager for President Obama’s 2012 re-election effort.
Messina explains during our interview what does Mitt Romney’s governing philosophy would mean to this country? Will it be more tax breaks for the rich? Creating more private-sector jobs? Huge profits for investors but devasting for middle-class workers whose jobs, benefits and pensions were at risk. He says, President Obama deserves a second-term to continue building an economy and America built to last.
Messina says Virginia is a top swing state in this election and it’s way close. “We need every vote we can get.” ”
“Change doesn’t happen because someone else does it. Change happens because you do it” says Jim Messina, campaign manager for President Obama’s re-election.