Meet the Press | November 04, 2012
>> the other issue, of course, that will be perhaps decisive in battleground virginia is the economy. here was after the latest job numbers came out and unemployment ticking up to 7.9% a headline from "the los angeles times " that caught my eye that seems to be a direct challenge to governor romney . and this is it. the jobs report arouses new optimism. october data shows solid growth and suggests a smoother road for whoever wins the presidency. the economy seems to be moving in the right direction, is the suggestion there. does that hurt governor romney 's case?
>> well, david , the reality is that if 7.9% unemployment, if 12 million or so people out of work and 8 million more either underemployed or working part time , if that is satisfactory to you, then this is acceptable, this obama administration's performance. what i will tell you from the folks that i meet is it is totally unacceptable. this is not good enough for us in america . i just ran into a gentleman the other day in an airport. he is a home builder. he told me, congressman, please do something about this economy. he said i had to take a position as a chef in an airport diner because i couldn't find a position that matched my skill. well, you know what? we can do better by him and the millions of other americans right now who are in that situation or even some worse that don't have a job. that's what this election is about. it is about providing some hope so people can figure out how to make their life work again, and this administration, this president, has no track record to run on that he can provide any solution to this vexing problem for so many millions of americans . that's why mitt romney is going to win this election, david .
>> but more jobs are being created. is that not a fact now?
>> the fact is you need approximately 125,000 new jobs created every month just to keep up with population increases. and, again, all we hear from the president is negative attacks and no solutions. this is the difference. mitt romney has provided an actual plan of how to get jobs going again in america . that's the difference. if folks want to see a better future with more jobs, mitt romney 's got a plan. and that's why i see here on the ground, david , in virginia, there is a lot of enthusiasm for mitt romney and paul ryan . i was with paul yesterday here in richmond. we're going to win this state, and i think we're going to win it a lot bigger than most people are predicting. yes for mitt romney and yes for george allen .
>> leader, you're talking about the plan that mitt romney has. well, the president as he is making his final argument took on the sort of change that governor romney is offering. he was speaking last night in your state.
>> we know what change looks like and what governor romney is selling ain't it. giving more power to the biggest banks isn't change. another $5 trillion tax cut for the wealthy, that's not change. refusing to answer questions about the details of your policies until after the election, that's definitely not change.
>> how do you respond to that?
>> well, did you hear anything that has to do with a solution to a problem in the president's short remarks there? no. that's the difference. mitt romney is offering solutions. and an answer to folks that are asking, the millions of virginians and americans that are asking right now, how are we going to turn this thing around? how can i make my life work again? mitt romney has a plan. the president doesn't. the president is full of negativity, character assassinations, and attacks. i think america is a much more optimistic place. people are aspirational here. they want to see things get better. they want to know how. mitt romney is providing that plan. that's why we're going to win. and i think win big on tuesday night.