"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 RyanThe Trail 2016: And then there was one The Hill's 12:30 Report House Democrats: No healthcare cuts for Puerto Rico 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 ObamaObama: Flint crisis caused by ‘a culture of neglect’ in government Ray LaHood joins Uber advisory board Garland confirmation vital to fair consideration of SCOTUS cases MORE and Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Trail 2016: And then there was one Biden to make first WHCD appearance: report If you’re going to meet with Merrick Garland 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.