Mitt Romney Vs. Rick Perry: Dueling Political Ads

Mitt Romney:

Rick Perry:

The ads are, essentially, candidates hitting each other on their record of creating jobs during their time as governor of Massachusetts and Texas, respectively.

Both candidates have gone on record saying that 'government doesn't create jobs, private corporations and small businesses do' (Romney here, Perry here).

So, here's the exit question: why the critical examination of their job creating skills as governor, if -- as each candidate contends -- it is not the job of the government (and by proxy, the President) to create jobs?

I'm asking an honest question here -- I'm not being sarcastic or cynical. Discuss.