David G. Tuerck

Obama ad has Romney’s record in Mass. wrong

According to a campaign ad from President Obama, Mitt Romney had “one of the worst economic records in the country” as governor of Massachusetts from 2003 through 2006. But when you dig into the facts, you discover that the ad paints a highly distorted picture of the actual Romney record.

The ad says that Massachusetts “fell to 47th (among the 50 states) in job creation” over the course of the Romney administration. This claim is misleading because, first, it relies on data that has been picked to show the worst possible result, and, second, because it rests on an unrealistic standard for measuring job creation at the state level.

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