MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- One day after officially becoming a Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney is seizing on the
latest jobless numbers as evidence that President Barack Obama has mishandled the economy.
Employers hired 54,000 new workers in May, the fewest in eight months, and the unemployment rate rose to 9.1 percent.
Romney, speaking today in New Hampshire, also pointed to higher
gasoline and food prices, and said "more people are feeling the
His expected Republican rivals are also highlighting the increase in the jobless rate. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty says it demonstrates what he calls "President Obama's failure to address the tough challenges we face."
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says the job numbers should
refocus the campaign on voters' pocketbooks.
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