June 26th, 2012
08:05 AM ET

Obama-Romney 2012 race- it's the economy but take a look at this town

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As the presidential election heats up Americans still see the economy as the number one issue. But try to imagine a town with just 1 percent unemployment where they can't build houses fast enough for a surging population, and schools are struggling to hire dozens of new teachers. While much of the U.S. is struggling, Williston, North Dakota, is enjoying a boom most cities can only dream of. It's all thanks to one thing: oil. CNN White House correspondent Dan Lothian reports.

Topics: 2012 Election • Economy • jobs • Mitt Romney • President Obama

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  1. jean2009

    The economy is slowly but surely recovering. It is happening sooner in some parts of the country than in others, but it is happening regardless of the naysayers, and whiners. For that we can thank the current president who has worked tirelessly for the American people..

    June 26, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • Howard

      Jean ... in spite of your ad nauseam cheer leading, excuses, and defense of your messiah ... Americans are directly experiencing the financial consequences of Obama's failed policies ... and, opening their eyes to the non-stop lies coming from this self-serving, lying administration ... so, maybe YOU should wake up and smell the coffee too ... instead of trying to convince the rest of us that 2 + 2 = 5 !!!

      June 26, 2012 at 10:48 am |
      • Obama 2012 - MOVE Forward America, NOT another round of DUBYA's FAILURES

        Actually Howie, American's are NOT experiencing the results of Obama's failed policies – since the Grand Obstructionist Party has blocked and filibustered any attempt at policy (including budgets) – since he has been unable to implement any of them. WHAT we are experiencing is the ongoing fallout of MANY years of failed GOP economic polices (Reagan, et al.) such as supply-side, trickle down and "deficits don't matter" – that resulted in the largest debt in history, the TARP bailout and a MAJOR economic RECESSION that will take more than 4 years to recover from.
        You Repugs have yet to learn to quit digging when your hole is full of water.

        June 26, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
      • Lionel

        Howard, John and Jerry are at it again. Can't we acknowlege a good news story rather than spew hate.

        Can't we all get along.

        Obama / Biden 2012

        June 26, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • billy

      The Pres can not take credit for this! The independent business is the one to take credit. Pres O has done everything he can to keep our country from becoming energy independent. He tried to take credit for the southern part of the Keystone Pipeline being built, but he did not have anything to do with that since it did not cross international borders.
      We need a leader in the White House, not some one who whines and blames everyone else for their failures and that is exactly what the presidency is: AN ABSOLUTE FAILURE!

      June 27, 2012 at 8:21 am |
  2. jean2009

    BTW: http://www.politicususa.com/obama-oil-production.html

    June 26, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  3. oops you did it again

    Why can't people see that the Republican's are playing with our Future's with not being able to workout a compromise on some of these issues. We also can see that this is not just different party issues it is in your face Racism towards the President due to he is the man in charge and beat them at there own game. Why is everyone tip toeing around this issue and not addressing it for what we see everyday. Normally, if this was a White man as President they would not be disrespecting him the way they are or fighting good idea's no matter where they come from. This information goes both ways they all are acting like bullying kids we are speaking about in schools and around the world today they way they are acting. We need to vote each and everyone of them out of office and get all new people in Gov't and see what is really going on with our Country.

    June 26, 2012 at 10:43 am |
    • billy

      Are you serious about disrespect?! How about making a movie about killing G. Bsuh?!!!! That is not disrespectfull?

      June 27, 2012 at 8:24 am |
  4. James

    The economy is sputtering along not recovering. The only way the economy has significant gains is through private sector job growth. Obama says "the private sector is fine". The only sector of the economy doing fine is federal employment which is up 4% under obama. The goal is to increase tax revenues and there are two ways to go about achieving more revenue. Tax the rich which will produce an insignificant amount to change our debt crisis or broaden the tax base. Since the private sector pays for all government salaries the only way to broaden the tax base is private sector job growth which is down 4% under obama. He has no idea how to stimulate the private sector. You can't blame him really though after all he is a community organizer. He is not the right man for the job and is in over his head for the needs of this country. His way will keep the economic recovery anemic. Obama has been a failure for the economy by any measure.

    June 26, 2012 at 10:45 am |
  5. donnie

    howard is kind of a nasty guy. Sorry about that jean. You are right the economy is improving some places faster than others. I live in the west and know a number of people who have gone to williston to work. Housing market also picking up. Gas prices are down no one congratulating the president. Remember when they where high it was his fault. ? Of course he has nothing to do with gas prices but if you believed the repos when they where high ? Just saying. Instead of passing student loan bill and jobs bill congress is stiiting around with there collective thumb up their butts hoping the economy will tank. Milktoadt is busy spouting nonsense about how he will bring jobs back to the US . Thats after out sourcing them and making huge profits. The repo party if so behind the times we need to vote all repos out move forward. 2012

    June 26, 2012 at 10:57 am |
    • John

      This administrations policies have many of us in a nasty mood. We are creating jobs, but the pace is not keeping up with the people entering the workforce. Re-gas prices, people understand Obama has nothing to do with this. The majority of the people on this site actually gave Obama a pass when prices of gas doubled, unlike Obama did w/Bush re gas prices.
      Amazing how you libs think. We have a candidate that has been SUCCESSFULL AT EVERYTHING HE HAS DONE. We have another candidate who has introduced failing policies – and you libs choose the failing guy. Here is why;
      5% unemployment under Bush and people said it was a "terrible number". over 8% under Obama and people say "8% is the new norm for our economy".
      This administration cannot see a difference between American Ctizens and illegals who were brought here by their family. Thus, Obama skirts the law and dictates that his administration won't inforce the law. It appears they also want to skirt the law as it realtes to F+F. Then we have Obamacare. Another skirting of the law. Obama supported he Arab Spring and the OWS nuts. Two major miscalculations on his part. He also is pushing for the college loan extension WHEN HE PERSONALLY BLEW BILLIONS IN STIMULAS AND GREEN BOONDOGGLES. This money is in the trash and America got nothing for it.
      4 more years of this administration will destroy this country. The so called rich people are not only leaving the country, but they are denouncing their citizenship. Several sitting dems have already come out and said they will not support Obama in his reelection. What do they see that the libs that post on here don't?
      If you hate America go ahead and vote for Obama. He has already given us examples he couldn't care less about this country and the laws that govern it.

      June 26, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
      • Joe Kelaidis

        You and all your right wing fascist friends seem to forget John: bush the failure blew a surplus, lied the US into 2 wars, crashed the economy – when he left office the unemployment rate was 7.4% and rising and the country was losing 750,000 jobs a month but the greatest achievement of bush the failure was allowing an attack on American soil on his watch costing the lives of 3,000 Americans – and you supported this?

        June 26, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
      • Obama 2012 - MOVE Forward America, NOT another round of DUBYA's FAILURES

        John – your response is a perfect example of the right-wing amnesiac responses to anything Obama that I often see posted here. I could care less that you like him or not, however, please post FACTS, not sound-bites and selective "spin" excerpts when posting.
        eg: Obama did NOT personally blow BILLIONS in stimulus.. .that legislation was enacted with Congressional GOP agreement, so they are as much at fault. Solyndra funding was initiated under Dubya's administration and under review during Obama's transition, and approved under his admin. Those are the FACTS... you are spinning them in negative light.

        June 26, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
      • Lionel

        Love will overcome hate everytime. I feel very sad for these folks like Howard, John and Jerry.

        Obama / Biden 2012

        June 26, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
      • Obama 2012 - MOVE Forward America, NOT another round of DUBYA's FAILURES

        Let's also talk FACTS in F+F – which was a continuation of a program put in place by Dubya's administration. Holder INITIATED the investigations into F+F. Issa is requesting docs from Holder that have nothing to do with F+F, and those requests are what the executive order covered.

        5% un-employment under Dubya was good.. but he sure killed that in a hurry leaving Obama and the Dem's to clean up the mess. A mess BTW that they were not aware of during the election, not for at least the FIRST year of being in office – hence the focus on ACA. The $850B TARP bailout, 700,000 jobs month being lost, $1.47T deficit and the highest gas price in history (July '08) were all remnants of Dubya's 8 years of office. The mud finally slid down the hill into Obama's garden.
        If the Grand Obstructionist Party had NOT chosen to put Party, Corporations and the 1% ahead of the country instead of their objective of making Obama a "one-term President", maybe things would be different. But,they are not. I put the blame squarely at the feet of the GOBP and Congressional inaction. If those people would do the job we are paying them handsomely to do, things would be different. You can't simply blame Obama's policies for where we are.

        June 26, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  6. ....Kentucky long-rifleman..........

    Well folks, the teanut-gop looks to Reagan for confidence:
    And a WILLARD MITTHOUSE ROMNEY administration would be DEATH VALLEY DAYS !

    June 26, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • Reggie19

      And you are Bozo the clown along with Obama and his failed policies.

      June 26, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  7. bryce

    the state of North Dakota is thriving because of the policies republicans put into place years ago. just goes to show how electing republicans and planning for the future can do wonders for a state, or a nation. take notes America. As a resident of North Dakota I can easily say we are in our prime, and better times are ahead.

    June 26, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • Ray

      bryce, you obviously dont live in oil country, we are a homeless shelter bigger than rhode island. I want our peace and quiet, safety and security, clean air and roads back. Anyone who envies ND, does not live in the daily hell that is the boom.

      July 17, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
      • Loretta

        I live in western ND and wish it was quiter, which the pipeline would help a lot of our traffic problems but we have a socialist president that wants everyone to be the same. We can't survive 4 more years of this " story teller." Any day I expect his demonstraters to show up to rail against oil and coal.

        It costs $59;00 to produce one killowatt hour from solar energy and 64 cents to produce it from coal. He's killing the USA.

        July 18, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
  8. Frank Marshall Davis

    This is a red state, there's your answer.

    June 26, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  9. Michael Wartman

    i hate to burst the bible of either side, but this economic situation is not the work of a single president, or even a single party.

    obama and gw are the worst examples i can think of. of course, we HAVE been funding numerous wars around the globe. the military machine is expensive to run, and it's been going at about 80% for the last decade.

    and these parties can't come up with a budget that will pass? that is one of their PRIMARY job functions. and they fail. repeatedly. both sides.

    neither obama nor bush has been a friend to the constitution, paying it lip service at best. obama says the constitution won't stand in his way, but bush jr somehow convinced us all to willingly sacrifice some essential liberty for temporary (and false) security.

    here's my perspective on things. obama has proven, time and time again, that he is willing to go against the will of the american people, and the constitution if necessary, to bring his ideals to fruition. I voted for Obama because i was disgusted by Bush. i'm even more disgusted by Obama.

    of course, since voting for BO, i have come to realize that the president is nothing more than a face. he says what he's told, and he acts how he's told. in order to get far enough to give people a chance to check your name on a presidential vote, you have to be firmly in the pocket of your party leaders. Ron Paul is a perfect example of what i'm talking about. I cover a wide range during my daily travels, and i see 10 ron paul signs for every sign i see for anyone else at all. all other candidates combined have roughly 1 sign for every 10 RonPaul2012 signs. but when the time came, Ron Paul won a single delegate in Ohio and a single delegate in Pennsylvania. now, this isn't scientific, or even proof of anything. but when i see more people around me supporting a single candidate than all other candidates combined, i tend to think they will do well in the polls. when the most outspokenly supported, most visually dominant candidate flops in the polls in every state (though i can't testify as to his support presence elsewhere), it makes me wonder why. did these ron paul supporters suddenly decide to vote for romney? i would hardly think so. i'm no expert, but common sense is a pretty good guide to go by.

    so, in the end, the rabid left will fight with the rabid right, and nobody will see that last year it was a DNC boot on our necks. this year, it's a GOP boot. next year, does it matter which side is wearing the boot? it will still be firmly on your neck.

    June 26, 2012 at 11:42 pm |
  10. Heather

    Sure wish williston would quit being advertised! We have NO MORE room for any more people!!

    July 17, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
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    August 17, 2012 at 10:13 am |