"I'm going to make sure you get a job. Thanks Jeremy. Yeah, you bet," – Mitt Romney, October 16.
"As president, I will create 12 million new jobs," – Mitt Romney, October 16.
"The government doesn't create jobs," – Mitt Romney, October 16.
Update from a reader:
I'm a little disappointed in this cheap contrast of Romney quotes. While I understand it seems funny, it's pretty clear that Romney was saying he will get government out of the way and thus "create" 12 million jobs. Even if the number of jobs is pure bullshit, his statements are not as inconsistent as people make them seem.
What your reader misses is that Romney was shouting "Government doesn't create jobs!" precisely to counter Obama's claims that better government policy can spur private job creation. Obama isn't proposing that the federal government hire 12 million people directly any more than Romney is. There is in fact a contradiction between the Republican mantra that "government doesn't create jobs" and Republican plans to stimulate private job creation through government policy. The cheap shot here is not your juxtaposition of Romney's statements – it's Romney's pretense that his jobs proposals would not amount to using government action to create jobs.