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Tuesday
Mar082011

Romney: 'Obama Misery Index' Is 'At a Record High'

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- A potential 2012 rival took President Obama to task in an op-ed in Tuesday's Boston Herald, comparing him to former president Jimmy Carter and his failed re-election bid against Ronald Reagan.

"When Ronald Reagan ran for president in 1980, he hung the Misery Index around Jimmy Carter's neck.  It consisted of the sum total of unemployment and inflation," former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney wrote in the Boston Herald.  "Today, we have a different set of ailments.  Instead of unemployment coupled with inflation, we have a toxic blend of unemployment, debt, home foreclosures, and bankruptcies.  Their sum total is what we can call the Obama Misery Index."

Romney first unveiled the term "Obama Misery Index" this past weekend in a speech to Republicans in New Hampshire.  But this isn't the first time Romney has tried to link Obama to dire economic situations of the past.  Just last month, he described the current unemployment conditions in the country as "Obama’s Hoovervilles."

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