September 5th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
3 years ago

McCain, Obama jump on jobs report

(CNN) - With the conventions over, the running mates picked, and 60 days to go until the election, Friday began a new stage of the presidential campaign. And it came with a big new piece of fodder for both campaigns.

The latest government jobs report, released Friday morning, showed unemployment at a five-year high of 6.1 percent.

Related: CNNMoney.com: Jobless rate soars to 6.1%

"You would think that George Bush and his potential Republican successor John McCain would be spending a lot of time worrying about the economy, and all these jobs that are being lost on their watch," Barack Obama told voters at a campaign stop in Duryea, Pennsylvania.

Instead, he said, speakers at the Republican National Convention "didn't say a thing about what is going on with the middle class."

On the campaign trail, Obama has been working to link McCain to the unpopular president, and to convince voters that McCain doesn't understand the economic troubles facing them.

Some speakers at the Republican convention did discuss the middle class, and McCain promised economic improvements during his speech Thursday night, saying, "These are tough times for many of you. You're worried about keeping your job or finding a new one, and you're struggling to put food on the table and stay in your home."

McCain echoed those remarks Friday at a campaign stop in Cedarburg, Wisconsin - like Pennsylvania, a key swing state. "These are tough times. Today the jobs report is another tough reminder," he said.

He added, "All you ever asked of government is to stand on your side, not in your way. And that's what I intend to do. Stand on your side and fight for your future."

Unlike the day after the Democratic National Convention, when McCain's surprise pick of Sarah Palin for his running mate quickly shifted the media's attention to the GOP camp, Friday brought no major new curve in the race to the White House. But it marked the beginning of a new swing-state blitz, with both camps facing an exhaustive schedule in the coming weeks.

soundoff (219 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Shame on Cindy McCain for wearing a 300,000 dollar outfit when the first lady Laura Bush's outfit added up to 4,000 dollars. Talk about wasteful spending. Along with the fact that John McCain doesn't remember how many houses he owns. Thats getting away from Washington? She is simply being the heiress that she is, you know like Paris Hilton. That sounds like someone who doesn't know what it is like to have no money. McCain says that Obama hangs out with Paris Hilton. Well Cindy McCain looks like a cheap imitation of Paris Hilton. McCain is such a hypocrite. He could be branded with a scarlet "H" on his chest.

    September 5, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. Greg, NY

    Well, luckily McCain doesn't work weekends, so advantage goes to Obama on that swing state blitz.

    September 5, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. Charlie Black

    Wake up America Republicans have been running this country for EIGHT years, you think it is going to get any better with another set of corrupt Republicans in the White House???

    September 5, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Jeanne

    so...........can McCain be a bit more specific. What does that mean to "stand on your side"............

    I dont' buy this garbarge !

    September 5, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. DAISY

    OH NOW JOHN MCSANE & SARAH PAIN LAME JUMP ON THE JOB REPORT. IT'S THE ECONOMY STUPID.

    September 5, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. The Lady

    McCain this is sickening, it is now 60 days before the election and you are now concerned about our future, Sorry just a little to late, I am all for Obama because he has been concerned about us since day one when he was a community organizer.

    September 5, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    This "robust economy" is the direct result of the endless war, the on-going outsourcing of American jobs, the eight-year nose-dive of the U.S. dollar and the economic policies of Dumbya that John McSame has readily endorsed and voted for 90% of the time. I hope he and Pitbull Palin are proud of the record!

    September 5, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  8. Bulldog

    MCCAIN IS A FRAUD--–PALIN IS A FRAUD
    MCCAIN=BUSH-----PALIN=CHENEY
    MORE OF THE SAME---MORE OF THE SAME
    MCCAIN IS A FRAUD--–PALIN IS A FRAUD
    MCCAIN=BUSH-----PALIN=CHENEY
    MORE OF THE SAME---MORE OF THE SAME
    MCCAIN IS A FRAUD--–PALIN IS A FRAUD
    MCCAIN=BUSH-----PALIN=CHENEY
    MORE OF THE SAME---MORE OF THE SAME

    September 5, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  9. Michael in Houston

    Yeah right McCain, all you gonna do is stand by our sides. You are not going to do anything but stand and watch as you always have. But let the rich guys start losing a ton of money, you will be running to jump in front of them to stop that bullet. Obama, lead the way, show this ignorant washed up lying grump how it's supposed to be done. I can't wait to be standing in Washington, although it will be freezing, to listen my new President, Barack Obama being sworn in. Change is coming folks, 4 more months and thank god, change will arrive.

    Obama/Biden 08 and 12

    September 5, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  10. How dare you ? Mccain's a POW !

    After viewing last nigh't convention and every speech, all I learned about mccain and his vision for america is that he was a POW in Vietnam. Over and Over and Over and Over.

    So we must elect John Mccain because he was a POW !

    September 5, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. LB

    But what does he plan to do to help. I've yet to hear him say any specific on what he will do to help. Just the same old words. I'll stand by your side. I'm a POW and I survived. Yada Yada Yada

    September 5, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  12. Latina for Obama...NJ

    Please be quiet old man...like Obama said"you just dont get it!!!!!!"

    NO WAY NO HOW NO MCCAIN / PITTBULL

    September 5, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. John in Ohio

    Wow.

    Obama has got plans for how to improve things and create jobs. McCain claims that if you give more money to employers, they will create jobs, instead of using that money to buy $500 shoes and multiple homes.

    Obama has a plan. McCain says that he knows times are tough, but he doesn't say what he'll do about it.

    September 5, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. Franky

    Poor, poor people...

    September 5, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. Carol TX

    If you mean fight for my future by voting against raising the minimum wage or against equal pay for equal work (Lily Ledbetter)......well, thanks but no thanks.

    September 5, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. Martin- Colorado

    NO WAY, NO HOW, NO McCAIN!!!!!!

    September 5, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  17. South African Obama Supporter

    i wish mcshame//pathetic/bush would just realise how their bad economic mnagement is affecting the entire world's markets! this world is now a global village n the nyse is affecting the markets around the world! I am loosing lots of usd's on a monthly basis! inflation is rising all over the world – cost of living is increasing all over the world! the poor are really suffering! here in the mideast the expats are not able to cope with the rising price of basic foodstuffs! all this goes back to the way the usa is NOT being properly managed and as much as i woud love for Obama to win! the poor guy is going to have a HUGE TASK on his hands! he will have so much to fix, the economy, the war, foreign policy, but one thing which he will not have to work too hard on – is his respect in the rest of the world – we can't wait for him to be PRESIDENT and restore our faith in the americans! no way mcsame/pathetic!

    September 5, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. Ratgurl

    I have yet to hear how JM plans to help with all this joblessness in America.

    Obama has spoken of encouraging alternative fuel use such as solar, wind & geothermal, which will help to create new jobs right here in our country.

    What will John do?

    September 5, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  19. Pam

    Ummmmm, I still haven't heard McCain say what he's going to do about jobs and the economy. Maybe getting him to finally admit that the economy isn't going well is all we'll get out of him. Not all of us can afford $300,000.00 outifts.

    September 5, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  20. Louis

    SO McCAIN IS NOW GOING TO STAND ON MY SIDE?: The Republicans have held the White House for 8 years and Congress for 6 of those years, McCain voted 90% of the time with Bush–McCain wasn't on my side then but now he suddenly will be??

    September 5, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  21. Jeffrey

    Unbelievable. McCain still doesn't get it. What kind of response was that to the unemployment report? Government to said by your side, not in your way? It didn't work in last night's speech and sure as heck doesn't work today. So the government is going to stand by your side and do nothing???? We'll he was part of the Do Nothing Congress.

    September 5, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  22. CB2

    Please!! Such a liar

    September 5, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  23. Bill Charlotte,NC

    "These are tough times. Today the jobs report is another tough reminder," McCain said.

    Yeah, John you and the rest of the Republicans with your dang useless economic policies put us here and last night you just called for more of the same.

    September 5, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  24. republican in kentucky

    you would thinK that the republicanS care about small town folks

    ALL THEY CARE ABOUT IS THEMSELVES AND THE RICH 5 PERCENT IN AMERICA.

    AFTER HEARING MISS ALASKA MOCK COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS ON WED.ITS VERY CLEAR WHO THEY CARE ABOUT
    WELL MISS ALASKA AND MCBUSH CAN GO TO HELL
    THEY HAVE LOST MY VOTE

    SCREW ALL OF THEM I'M VOTING FOR SOMEONE ELSE

    September 5, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. No JM

    With all that talk about "fight" last night, it's clear what Mccain has on his mind. He also pointed the finger at Iran and Russia in the same breath! What the heck is going on! Get this senile clown out of the way – let the real leader of the free world take over the Whitehouse and turn that mutha black.
    We should all fear the future if Mccain becomes President. He will reinstitute the draft, go to war with Iran, North Korea, Russia... and then die... and leave it to Palin.
    Imagine that... a hockey mom running all that mess.

    You can always take the safer bet, and vote for Obama!

    September 5, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
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