Romney’s ‘promise’ to college grads

On Friday, a college student in New Hampshire reminded Mitt Romney that “many” of those in her generation “find it especially hard to relate” to the former governor as a candidate. She asked why those in her age group should “mobilize” for the Romney campaign, instead of President Obama.

His response was rather mind-numbing.

“What I can promise you is this — when you get out of college, if I’m president you’ll have a job. If President Obama is reelected, you will not be able to get a job. That’s the reason I will hopefully get young people who are in college is to say, ‘You know what, I understand what it takes to get jobs in America.'”

I still don’t know why anyone takes this guy seriously. It’s easy to get accustomed to cheap political pandering, but who’s going to believe this nonsense?

If Romney is such an incredible job-creating machine, why did he fail so miserably at job creation during his tenure as a governor? For that matter, how, exactly, does he intent to follow through on this “promise” to get jobs for every college grad in America — through a combination of slashing public investments and more tax cuts for people who don’t need them?

For that matter, the last time I checked, the nation’s private sector has added 2.9 million jobs since March 2010, and the job market is getting stronger, not weaker. Is Romney convinced none of these jobs will be available to young adults? If so, why?

Or put another way, what in the world is Romney talking about?

Incidentally, I also wonder how those recent college graduates will feel once Mitt Romney takes away their health care coverage. I have a hunch they might have a problem with that. (Indeed, it’s a subject College Republicans aren’t eager to discuss.)

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.