Jansing and Co | June 18, 2012
>> in adviser carrie heeley. it's good to see you. good morning.
>> thank you.
>> let's tack about the specificity issue which is yesterday in one of the rare sunday interviews he did, he wouldn't get specific on immigration, on what kind of loopholes he was going to close in order to avoid raising taxes, and frankly, he hasn't talked a lot about his record as governor of massachusetts . why do you think that is?
>> we talk about governor romney 's record as governor of massachusetts every single day because it's a fantastic record. and there's been so much distortion of that record in the current campaigns that are being -- the ads that are being issued by the obama campaign . it's really stunning. so, we have been out there talking about the substantial growth that went on during the time that governor romney was in office. and jobs. the full employment that he left massachusetts with, 4.7% unemployment rate at the end of his tenure there. and the extraordinary turnaround he had --
>> but still job creation .
>> that number is distorted. we started 51st as a result of the internet bubble burst right before governor romney took office and over the course of time in office we moved to 30th in job creation and during that time, over 48,000 jobs were created so governor romney 's very happy to place his record of job creation and lowering unemployment next to obama's record of higher unemployment and hemorrhaging jobs any day of the week and one reason to get on the bus tour to go to the areas most neglected by the obama administration's economic policies . and really talk to the people and it's great that attention is being focused on these small towns. the name of the bus tour is every town counts and governor romney believes that and loves getting out and talking the people and motivates him to turn the economy around.
>> let me ask you about what else is going on, on the political side of this. he picked you as a running mate once and you're elected separately. it is not both on the same ticket. but he's been out on the campaign trail with paul ryan , scott walker , rob portman . there's been talk auditioning the guys as potential vice president candidates. do you think they have what he's looking for? what insight can you give us?
>> i think we're fortunate on the republican side this time around to have an incredible number of strong candidates and could be wonderful vice presidents for this country so governor romney is out there working with surrogates in all of these states. he's hit six states in the last -- or he will have hit six states by the end of the bus tour and happy to speak with all of them. i think he is welcoming for someone to bring extra expertise to the office and be ready to step up in the event that they were ever required to and we are fortunate to have many, many wonderful choices for vice president.
>> do you think there's an area he needs extra expertise?
>> i think governor romney has an incredible background to be president of the united states . he's been successful in the private sector . he's been successful in turning around the olympics and been an incredibly successful governor. and so he has a full range of experience. but most importantly, he has the economic experience the country needs right now. we have 23 million people right now unemployed or stopped looking for work because they're so discouraged. and governor romney 's record of being able to create jobs both in the private sector and the public sector are what this country needs.
>> kerry, thank you so much.