Economy and politics

Friday, March 9, 2012 - 8:00am

We are seeing more jobs created each month and today should be no exception, but President Obama's challengers are telling voters they can do it better, and faster.

Economists predict more than 200,000 new jobs were created last month.

That is not as many as January but still enough to support a robust recovery.

The unemployment rate is expected to stay flat. New claims were up last week, but have fallen 14% in the last six months.

Republicans running against President Obama don't call that good news.

"I keep waiting to hear something about a fundamental improvement in the job situation in this country. He just hasn't been able to do that yet," said Mitt Romney, Presidential Candidate.

Creating jobs is a central issue on the campaign trail.

"It is impossible to argue on a supply and demand basis that an additional 800 million barrels would not have an impact. First of all, it would keep the money here at home to create jobs here at home," said Newt Gingrich, Presidential Candidate.

Today in Virginia, President Obama talks about how to boost manufacturing, an area Rick Santorum says he can improve.

"We want you to create jobs here in America. But if we're gonna do that then we need to have not just a market for the manufacturing goods here in America, but we want to be an exporting giant," said Rick Santorum, Presidential Candidate.

All the candidates are focused on upcoming primaries in Alabama and Mississippi.

The southern vote may determine who can capture the party's base.

Mitt Romney's leading in the latest Alabama poll and just got an endorsement from Mississippi's governor.

Asked why, Governor Bryant said because he thinks Romney can win.

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