Romney: Obama Has Not Met with Jobs Council in Last 6 Months, But Held 106 Fundraisers

By Melanie Arter | July 20, 2012 | 11:57 AM EDT

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a hardware story in Wolfeboro, N.H. on July 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

( Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Thursday seized on the latest economic news to point out that while President Barack Obama has not met with his jobs council in the last six months, he has held 106 fundraisers in the same time frame.

“This is a day where we received some news which is not encouraging. Jobless claims are up in this country again, and consumer confidence has now shown the third straight month of decline. That is a record which has not been matched since 2008,” Romney said, while campaigning at the Middlesex Truck & Coach in Roxbury, Mass.

“And in the face of that, we’re surprised that the president has not met with his jobs council in the last six months. And the White House was asked why that was, and they said, ‘Well the president has a lot on his plate.’ And so we took a look at his schedule, and over the last six months, he has done 106 fundraisers,” Romney said.

Romney said the president’s schedule says a lot about his “priorities.”

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“And so I think you learn something about the president’s priorities. The job he’s interested in protecting is his own. The job that should be protected is the job of men and women in this country who want to get jobs, who want to go back to work, who want to have rising incomes again,” Romney added.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the president has not met with his jobs council in the last six months, because he has “a lot on his plate.”

“There’s no specific reason, except the president has obviously got a lot on his plate," Carney said at Wednesday’s press briefing. "But he continues to solicit and receive advice from numerous folks outside the administration about the economy about ideas that he can act on with Congress or administratively to help the economy grow and help create jobs."

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