Jobs report brings down debate high in Romney camp

Jobs report brings down debate high in Romney camp

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FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speak in Springfield, Va. Eventually, the economic recovery will improve _ whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is in the White House. That's what many economic outlooks project. History is on their side. And the president - and the party - occupying the Oval Office in 2016 will reap the benefits. But first, Obama or Romney, together with Congress, will have to pull back from the universally unacceptable, politically created fiscal abyss facing the nation at year�s end. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on October 5, 2012 at 7:50 PM

ABINGDON, Va. — The cheering stopped on Mitt Romney's campaign plane Friday morning.

The day before, aides had whistled and clapped when the Denver control tower commended the Republican presidential nominee's debate performance. It was a rare moment of exuberance for a campaign that had fallen behind President Barack Obama in a number of polls.

The euphoria ended after the morning report that the nation's unemployment rate had dropped to 7.8 percent, its lowest level in Obama's presidency.

Romney and his team sat stone-faced and quiet on their flight to Virginia's coal country, taking in the good news for the country that's bad news for their political prospects.

The former businessman has staked his candidacy on the notion that the economy needs a turnaround.

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