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Unemployed? Mitt Romney Feels Your Pain!

June 20, 2011 by  

Unemployed? Mitt Romney Feels Your Pain!

Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney feels a strong connection to America’s unemployed. After all, he counts himself among their numbers.

“Mitt Romney sat at the head of the table at a coffee shop (in Florida) on Thursday, listening to a group of unemployed Floridians explain the challenges of looking for work. When they finished, he weighed in with a predicament of his own” the Caucus blog on NYTimes.com reported.

“I should tell my story,” Romney reportedly told the assembled group. “I’m also unemployed.”

As of May, the current unemployment rate in the United States is 9.1 percent. With a population of more than 300 million, 9.1 percent means about 27.3 million Americans are jobless.

The blog described the scene as “awkward,” as the former Massachusetts Governor joked, “I’m networking. I have my sight on a particular job.”

An editorial on the liberal website AlterNet was less charitable in its description of the encounter: “Because a multimillionaire with several spacious residences for his well-do-to clan — and a guy who made his money with leveraged buyouts that involved many layoffs — throwing his hat in the ring for President after five years of thumb-twiddling and failed political campaigning is the exact same thing as working people losing their jobs.”

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