Democrats criticize Romney for 'unemployed' joke

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Posted: Jun 16, 2011 2:59 PM
Democrats criticize Romney for 'unemployed' joke

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is taking flak from Democrats after telling a group of out-of-work Floridians "I'm also unemployed."

The former Massachusetts governor and multimillionaire made the comment Thursday at a Tampa coffee shop. He told the group that he did have his eye on one particular job.

Romney was criticizing President Barack Obama's economic performance, calling it the worst since President Jimmy Carter's in the 1970s.

Democrats were quick to pounce on Romney's comment. Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said he is out of touch with the average American and that being unemployed isn't a joke. Wasserman Schultz chairs the Democratic National Committee.

Romney spokesman Eric Fehrnstrom said the candidate was clearly joking and that it's the president who is out of touch with the economy.