Mitt Romney hit back at President Obama's comments Friday morning that the private sector was "doing fine," with the GOP nominee saying it was evidence that the president does not understand the economy or the financial struggles facing Americans.
"Is he really that out of touch? I think he's defining what it means to be detached and out of touch with the American people," Romney told supporters gathered in a park in Council Bluffs, Iowa. "Has there ever been an American president who is so far from reality?"
Earlier in the day at a White House news conference, Obama urged Congress to pass jobs legislation that his administration argued would create 1 million jobs for teachers, police officers, construction workers and others. As he made the pitch for public sector jobs, he cited economic gains elsewhere in the economy.
"The truth of the matter is," Obama said, "we've created 4.3 million jobs over the last 27 months, over 800,000 just this year alone. The private sector is doing fine."