NBC Evening News for Friday, Oct 05, 2012
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(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The political fight over news that the unemployment rate fell below 8 percent for the first time since President Obama took office reviewed; Tweet from former GE chairman Jack Welch accusing the “Chicago guys” of changing the numbers quoted. [OBAMA – says it shouldn’t be an excuse for the other side to talk down the economy.] [Presidential candidate Mitt ROMNEY – criticizes the jobs numbers.] [Mesirow Financial Diane SWONK- says we take the numbers with a grain of salt.] [WELCH – says it seems coincidental that one month before the election they would end up at 7.8.] [Secretary of Labor Hilda SOLIS- reacts to Welch.] [Economist Douglas HOLTZ-EAKIN- says there is no way these were manipulated for political purposes.] Romney’s effort to repair the damage from his comment about the 47 percent who don’t pay taxes noted. [On Fox News, ROMNEY – says he said something completely wrong.]
(Studio: Brian Williams, Sue Herera) Stock Market Report. The significance of the jobs report, the possibility of manipulation and how the numbers are generated discussed.
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