Romney Uses New Jobs Report as Ammunition

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Hiring in the United States slowed sharply last month, with employers only adding about 115,000 jobs in April.

Now, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney is using the less than expected numbers to attack President Barack Obama on the campaign trail.

With a fresh endorsement from former opponent Rep. Michele Bachmann, Romney has a chance to gain momentum with Tea Party voters.

When asked what she'd say to those who may be skeptical of voting for Romney, Bachmann said, "What I would say to them are two words: Barack Obama."

"I'm happy to get behind Mitt Romney's candidacy enthusiastically because, let's face it, if our country has a second-term of Barack Obama ... we could be looking at further economic devastation," she told CBN News.

"And we will not see the price of gasoline go down," Bachmann continued. "Gasoline has gone up 110 percent under Barack Obama. That's unacceptable."

New reports show the unemployment rate has dropped to 8.1 percent, a three-year low. The White House said the slight drop shows the economy is making some headway toward recovery.

Yet, some economists say the lower numbers are only because there were fewer people in the workforce.

"People simply stopped looking for work because the economy is that bad," said Jeff Macke, Yahoo! Finance co-host of "Breakout"

President Obama has assured his administration will continue to work to get the economy on an uptick.

"More than 1 million jobs in the last six months alone ... there's still a lot of folks out of work, which means that we've got to do more," he said.

Still, Mitt Romney said it appears the economy is slowing down.

"The American people are wondering why this recovery isn't happening faster, why it's taking years and years for the recovery to occur," Romney said.

Bachmann believes Romney understands how to grow the economy, especially considering he's now on board with her push to scrap the president's health care plan.

"When Gov. Romney started the race, he said that he was going to issue waivers to 'Obamacare.' Today, he's behind full-scale repeal," she said.

"It's time for the country to unite -- evangelicals, Tea Partiers, conservatives, independents, disaffected Democrats," Bachmann added.

"We have to come together," she said. "It's not about party. It's about the country, and I'm happy to stand for our country."

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