Republican presidental candidate Mitt Romney wasted no time denouncing what could be a potential boost for President Obama, saying that despite Friday morning's news that unemployment in November hit a 32-month low, the president will have a "hard time putting a perfume on this pig."
"This is the slowest recovery we've seen since Hoover," Romney said on Fox and Friends on Friday morning. "[Obama] is going to try to put a silver lining in a very dark cloud but the truth is that his economic policies have made us more and more like Europe," Romney said. "He's going to have a hard time putting a perfume on this pig."
Romney later acknowledged it's "very good news, obviously" that the unemployment rate is down and people are getting back to work. "But look overall at the president's record on the economy, it's been miserable."
The former Massachusetts governor also took aim at Newt Gingrich, his latest chief rival for the GOP nomination. He depicted the former House speaker as a creature of Washington in contrast with his own background as a businessman.
"This is not a matter of, that America needs better lobbyists or better deal-makers, better insiders. I think America needs a leader," Romney said.
Shown a video clip of Gingrich asserting recently that he will be the nominee, Romney said, "There is this funng thing in America called the election. To win the election, you've got to earn it. You've got to get out and campaign, see the people, shake their hands. Self-aggrandizing statements are not going to win the election. ... But I wish Newt Gingrich the best. He'll run his campaign. I'll run mine and may the best person win."