Romney counters Obama’s ‘fine’ with a surprising comment about first responders and teachers

Briefing: Barack Obama. (Pete Souza via flickr)
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2012

Obama said the private sector is "doing fine" during a White House news conference where he argued against austerity measures like the ones enacted in Europe. [Ben Feller]

Romney: The remark is "defining what it means to be detached and out of touch with the American people." [Associated Press]

Romney: It's "going to go down in history as an extraordinary miscalculation." [Justin Sink]

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Romney also said that America doesn't need to hire more firemen, police officers or teachers. [Greg Sargent]

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said it was an "outrage" for Obama to say cutbacks in spending by governors and mayors negatively impacted the economy. [Juana Summers]

"A gift to Republicans." [Zeke Miller]

"Obama isn't totally off base" because corporate profits "hit record highs." [David Graham]

It depends on your definition of "fine." [Alexandra Petri]

"Even if we assign the entirety of the recession to George Bush, as Obama argues, job growth in the private sector in this recovery amounts to only 86,300 jobs per month — not even enough to keep up with population growth, which requires roughly 125,000-150,000 new jobs per month to just tread water." [Ed Morrissey]

"If gaffes mattered that much, Obama’s mistake-prone rival, Mitt Romney, would never have made it through the GOP nomination process." [Michael Scherer]

"When asked if a lack of federal support for those programs has hurt the economy Boehner said 'no.' He blamed the sluggish economy on 'government continuing to spend money we don’t have.'” [John Stanton]

NY-13

State Senator Adriano Espaillat said the Amsterdam News never contacted him about an endorsement interview before it slammed him for not coming in for one. [Celeste Katz]

A reporter notes Amsterdam News' publisher was escorted down the aisle during her 2010 wedding by Rep. Charlie Rangel. [Colby Hamilton]

NY-18

Democratic challenger Sean Patrick Maloney was endorsed by the AFL-CIO. [Rick Karlin]

Maloney also got endorsed by NYSUT. [Celeste Katz]

SD-22

State Senator Marty Golden defends his record after getting attacked by a tenant PAC. [Nick Reisman]

Policing

New York magazine takes issue with NYPD spokesman Paul Browne's claim that reports of journalists arrested at Zuccotti Park were "a total myth." Their headline: "NYPD Officials Pretending Journalists Weren't Arrested at Occupy Wall Street" [Joe Coscarelli]

Bloomberg's spokesman said five credentialed reporters were arrested. [Hunter Walker]

"There isn't any evidence, at least that we can find, that Browne's narrowly defined assertion is incorrect." But the Press Club takes objection to what the NYPD spokesman Paul Browne is implying. [John Del Signore]

An unarmed Harlem man recalls being stopped-and-frisked by police officers while walking by a church. [RNN]

Watergate Anniversary

"Watergate was a brazen and daring assault, led by Nixon himself, against the heart of American democracy: the Constitution, our system of free elections, the rule of law." [Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward]