ABC's John Berman on Friday chided the Republican presidential
candidates for not talking about jobs enough, lecturing the GOP field
that social issues could harm their chances of winning the White House.
Berman whined, "...The shift to the right in rhetoric could be hurting in the middle."
Regarding Romney's planned speech on tax cuts, Friday, Good Morning America's Berman condescended, " [Romney says [his plan] will help create jobs. Jobs. Remember that word? The candidates uttered the word jobs just four times in two hours in this week's debate." Of course, as Berman proved with video clips, it was the candidates– and not debate moderator John King– who brought up jobs.
An ABC graphic derided, "Countdown to Michigan: Where is the Jobs Talk?"
Doubling down on the idea that social values don't matter, Berman continued, "In an ABC News poll last month, 51 percent said the most important issue to them, the economy and jobs. No other issue cracked double digits. Morals and family values at three percent."
Of course, if conservative GOP primary voters didn't care about social issues, the candidates probably wouldn't be talking about them.
It's not like Romney talking about economic issues drew him more favorable coverage, at least with Berman. When the ex-Massachusetts governor did discuss them, the ABC reporter attacked , "So, just how rich is Mitt Romney and is he paying his fair share of taxes?"
A transcript of the February 24 segment, which aired at 7:12am EST, follows: