Economists for Romney (E4R) announced today that economists in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have signed its statement in support of Mitt Romney’s economic plan. This announcement comes hours after E4R founder James Carter discovered that some economists affiliated with “Economists for Obama” had criticized President Barack Obama’s economic policies.
E4R notes they “enthusiastically endorse Romney’s economic plan to create jobs and restore economic growth while returning America to its tradition of economic freedom” because Romney’s plan “is far superior for creating economic growth and jobs than the actions and interventions President Obama has taken or plans to take in the future.”
Things are much different for Obama, whose own supporters have even criticized his economic policies.
“I really can’t see how, in good conscience, I could defend the economic policies of a guy who has signed on to fiscal contraction in the midst of a major downturn,” an Obama-supporting economist wrote in comments that were found on “Economists for Obama” blog. “I don’t imagine I’ll be spending much of my time advocating his (Obama’s) re-election.”
E4R notes that 642 economists–including six Nobel laureates–have signed the statement to date, and many of the economists reside in key battleground states like Colorado (14), Florida (23), Michigan (20), North Carolina (23), Ohio (20), Pennsylvania (39), and Virginia (43).
E4R, which is a voluntary, independent group of economists, believes Romney’s economic plan will return America to “its tradition of economic freedom” because the plan is based on proven principles such as “a more contained and less intrusive federal government, a greater reliance on the private sector, a broad expansion of opportunity without government favors for special interests, and respect for the rule of law including the decision-making authority of states and localities.”
“This November, voters will make a fundamental choice between differing visions of America’s economic future,” E4R’s statement reads.