Former DNC chair says Obama has "excellent" record on job creation

**FILE**Terry McAuliffe, speaks at an event in Charleston, W.Va., May 13, 2008. McAuliffe has signed papers to run for Virginia governor in 2009. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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(CBS News) President Obama has an "excellent" record on job creation, a top Democratic strategist said Monday, beating back a barrage of criticism from Republicans over flagging job growth.

Former Democratic National Committee Chair Terry McAuliffe noted that the U.S. economy has created jobs for 27 straight months after hemorrhaging 750,000 jobs a month when Mr. Obama took office in the midst of the financial crisis of 2007-2009.

"Anyone in politics would like to have great economic numbers. I would make the argument that we do have excellent numbers on job creation," McAuliffe said in an interview with "CBS This Morning" co-host Charlie Rose.

The Labor Department on Friday said the unemployment rate rose a tick to 8.2 percent and the economy added just 69,000 jobs in May, sending the benchmark S&P 500 index of stocks plunging to its lowest level since early January.

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McAuliffe sought to tie Mr. Obama's rival, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, to his predecessor, former President George W. Bush.

"We saw what the Republicans did when they controlled the government," McAuliffe said pointing to both Bush and his father, who preceded McAuliffe's close friend, former President Bill Clinton. "It is the Democrats who get the economic engine of this economy moving forward again."

McAuliffe also sought to portray the elections a choice between Mr. Obama and Romney, rather than as a referendum on Mr. Obama's performance that many Republicans argue it will be.

"This is going to be a clear choice election. A Romney economics, look what he did in Massachusetts," he said, noting that the Bay state was ranked 47 out of 50 in job creation while Romney was governor there from 2003-2007.

"President Obama is out leading, we're moving in the right direction, we've created jobs for 27 straight months. Let's not forget that," he said.

To see the interview, click on the video in the player above.