"We know that's not enough, but it's a turnaround of nearly one million jobs from when President Obama took office," he added. "Surely even Mr. Romney thinks we're better off today than we were then."
That last line replaced a statement in Hoyer's prepared remarks that simply said, "We're better off."
"My friend Paul RyanPaul RyanClinton maps out first 100 days Why a bill about catfish will show whether Ryan's serious about regulatory reform Trump is right about one thing MORE talks about fiscal responsibility, but voted to put two wars on a credit card," Hoyer said. "He voted to spend trillions of dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.
"He voted for a prescription drug benefit with no plan to pay for it," the House Democratic whip continued. "He abandoned the bipartisan principle that we must pay for what we buy."
Hoyer said Democrats will be looking to advance their "Make it in America" agenda next year, which he said is a plan to revitalize U.S. manufacturing through boosting education and infrastructure.
"Barack ObamaBarack ObamaSenate should fix NATO's Montenegro problem Clinton to call on Black Lives Matter at Dem convention The youth vote—a unicorn worth hunting in 2016 MORE and Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to end long career by boosting his rival Why Kaine is the right choice for Clinton Why Mike Pence is the wrong pick on foreign policy MORE have been working hard to help middle-class families make it in America," he said. "Let's send them back to the White House with a Democratic House and Senate ready to get to work, ready to make tough choices, ready to meet our challenges head on."
— This story was updated at 8:27 p.m.