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. Paris

    The problem is Obama wants to fix the economy by Socialism.

    Where McCain will fix our economy by empowering the people.
    John McCain believes in the power of the people over government.

    September 5, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  2. Shawn

    Your quote extolling the virtues of McCain promising economic improvements contains no such economic improvements. Neither did the whole convention. He has no plans and according to his campaign this election is "not about the issues".

    No Way, No How, No McBush

    September 5, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  3. Jon

    It's not that the Republicans couldn't come up with an economic plan. They choose not too because this recession is just in our heads and we need to quit whining about it. Or, that must be how it seems when you're sitting on millions of dollars of inheritance money and too many homes to keep track of. The Republican's "country first" mantra makes me sick.

    September 5, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. Kate

    Obama, you are starting get off message by attacking McCain without any basis. Just stick to what you plan on doing and not what they aren't doing. So frustrating. And you claim to run a positive campaign. Let's face it, BHO is just another politician.

    September 5, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  5. Pam

    I found it touching Sen. McCain acknowledged that many of us are in tough times, when Vanity Vair reported Cindy McCain's ensemble she was wearing the previous night came with a price tag of over THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS. They are so out of touch that I truly feel sorry for them.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 5, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  6. a d

    I find it very interesting that the media is picking apart every single aspect of Sarah Palin, yet they failed to do the same with Obama. I would like to ask the MSM this question: who is running for President? Palin is running for VP, not POTUS. Besides, Woodrow Wilson became President after 1.5 years as NJ governor. Why isn't anyone quick to release this fact? About the economy, Obama has no real grasp that the housing problem was a direct result of Bill Clinton's housing deregulation measures not because of Bush. Clinton signed NAFTA, which shipped jobs. Bush has made mistakes but he is not responsible for these issues.

    September 5, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. Terry, Butte, Mt

    "All you ever asked of government is to stand on your side, not in your way."

    -Under Bush/McCain, government has got out of the way for the morgage companies and people are losing their homes.

    -Under Bush/McCain, government has got out of the way of the oil companies and gas prices have risen from $1.78 per gallon to over $4.

    -Under Bush/McCain, government has got out of the way of companies shipping jobs overseas and the Americans have lost jobs.

    -Under Bush/McCain, government has got out of the way of inspecting goods arriving at our shores while the American people have eaten tainted food and children have played with led painted toys.

    -For decades the Republicans and Bush/McCain have worked to have government get out of the way of the environment, while ice caps melt and storms intensified.

    September 5, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  8. Chips

    The republican party have no ideals of their own. But yet they continue to bash Obama.

    If you watched the RNC convention. You should have notice, they took (STOLE) all of Baracks ideals and
    talking points. They implemented (STOLE) everything from the DNC convention with a twist and turn, but still
    could not top the DNC. American, please DO NOT be fooled by the RNC Karl Rove tactic. This race is about our children future and American.

    McCain offer up no real solutions to the American people, yet riding on the coat-tail of Barack Obama. They say Barack can't lead, but McCain is study following Baracks lead. Q: WHO IS THE LEADER? McCain played on the sympathy vote. Though McCain's sevice is commendable. We were flooded with the POW story every singal night.

    My question to you the American people. When you have a chance to choose an original. Are you going to pick the copy? I don't think SO. NOT THIS TIME.

    September 5, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  9. Enlightened Republican for OBAMA!

    McShame's only plan is to get into the Whitehouse by any means possible. Lie, trash talk, distract from the real issues that’s all the plan he has. If he were to actually get into the Whitehouse, God help us cause we'd be on our own.

    September 5, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Ariel

    McSame won't be able to take weekends off for the next two months if he works as hard as Obama to campaign. But then again, he might still stick to his "no work on weekends" and make his pitbull do all the work. Feel bad for the special needs 4 month old baby who needs his mother to be by his side. Perhaps McSame can help with baby sitting while pit bull goes on her attacks even on the weekends for him!

    September 5, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. lisa Asian

    OBAMA has not lead to any positive change in 47 years! He TALKS about it every day. Wake up people, if you are not the same color as him.

    September 5, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. victor,nj

    HELLO MY FELLOW BLOGGERS, BY READING SOME OF THE COMMENTS LATELY I AM HAPPY THAT A MAJORITY YOU ARE THE WELL INFORMED INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE NOT FALLING FOR THE BS THAT REPUBLICANS ARE TRYING TO FEED US. THE REPUBS ARE TRYING TO MAKE THIS ELECTION ABOUT PATRIOTISM, ABORTION, SEXISM AND FEAR, WHILE IGNORING THE PREDICAMENT THE NATION IS IN. HOWEVER LETS NOT IGNORED THAT A MAJORITY OF VOTERS ARE EASILY MISGUIDED BY FOXNEWS, RUSH LIMBAUGH, AND SEAN HANNITY. I HUGE EVERY ONE TO EDUCATE YOUR NEIGBHORS, FRIENDS, FAMILY MEMBERS ON ACTUAL FACTS. THIS ELECTION IS TOO IMPORTANT ESPECIALLY AFTER WATCH THE STAND UP ROUTINE THE REPUBS CALL A CONVENTION.

    September 5, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. Frank Canada

    You can see by this blog McCain only appeals to dim witted and there are getting to be fewer and fewer of them. Of course I am referring to Ian's statement which simply isn't factual.

    September 5, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. john

    IS SARAH PALIN READY FOR 3AM CALL ?

    September 5, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. Matt, Las Vegas

    Don't worry folks! Cindy McCain is going to donate the next $300,000 outfit she wears to the homeless.....because, ya know..."times are tough".

    September 5, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. FL Obama Supporter

    Ian...McCain specifically said on camera that he's voted with Bush over 90% of the time.

    Look it up.

    September 5, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. Pennsylvania Voter

    Ian, the President has to sign or veto legislation that appears before his desk. Furthermore, he tells the leaders of his party the position he has on any particular legislation

    MCCAIN -– HIMSELF -– SAID -– HE -–VOTED

    WITH -- BUSH -- 90% -– OF -– THE -- TIME

    MORE -- THAN -- MANY -- OF -–HIS -–REPUBLICAN

    COLLEAGUES!!!!

    Don't feed people these lies, Ian.

    September 5, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  18. Scott, Wichita

    I'm tired of both sides. McCain hasn't done anything to convince me I'm not voting for another Bush, and Obama is the first politician since Hitler to get 250,000 people to rally in Berlin.

    Mickey Mouse/ Donald Duck '08!

    September 5, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. CD

    Mr McCain wants to focus on the past. He tells us about his time in a POW camp. Though we salute him and his sacrafice, it won't pay the mortgage. We needed him when he was at the right hand of Mr Bush, yet his only focus was on Iraq and the Iraqi people. Maybe he should swing through Bagdad and solicit votes.

    Mr MCCain all those people that lost their jobs are Americans. The $10 billion you advocate spending this last month could've been better served spent here in America. Charity begins at home.

    September 5, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. Jan From Boca aton, Fl

    I have a very simple question. Who is going to pay for her Nannies and babysitters if she is elected as VP?? ANd what happens if she gets pregnant again?? She' pretty good at popping out babies.

    If this going to be another expense us the tax payers are going to have to pay?? Taking care of her kids.

    September 5, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  21. geecee827

    Is it true that one of Cindy McCain's outfits that she wore this week at the Convention cost about $300,000? She spends that kind of money on clothes and jewelry? Talk about out-of-touch with the common man. How ostentatious can you get?

    September 5, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. oldsoldierboy

    After a couple of speeches Palin-mania has set in. Amazing how quick bandwagoners jump on. She hasn't even been asked a question yet and to think some Americans are ready to vote for her. I personally can not vote for a person who supports succession from the U.S. If I was an active duty troop I'd be mad as hell. They will have to put their lives on the line for a VP candidate who doesn't even support their country. Her views are so crazy she tried to deny citizens access to certain books at their local library.

    I wonder if New Yorker magazine will be fair and do an drawing of McCain & Palin bumping fist with a U.S. flag burning in the fireplace and a rebel flag hanging on the wall with the words separation party written below. Palin dressed in camoflauge with black boots and red lipstick and a map of the U.S. divided up into colonies laying on the desk.

    A pit bull with lipstick is not the kind of temperment we need in a VP. She believes the Iraq war was gods will so you can conclude war with Iran, Syria and god knows who else will be gods will also. McCain wants to institute the draft and with her pit bull attitude they will have us fighting all over the globe. WAKE UP AMERICA before we all find ourselves under direct fire.

    September 5, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. Ohioan

    To Ian:

    Senator Obama did not attack senator McCain without any basis. It was an interview that John McCain stated that he voted more than 90% of time with George Bush, more than some of his Republican colleagues.

    This is straight from John McCain himself. How can you use a fuzzy math to criticize Senator Obama's voting record. This is disgrace.

    No McPander/Palin Ever!

    September 5, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  24. concerned

    I get very concerned when I read the extremely shrill and sarcastic comments on CNN made by obviously die-hard Obama supporters.

    Some of them are just plain rude.

    CNN should moderate these comments.

    September 5, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Why all of a sudden the DNC doing town hall meetings? Funny how Obama said tha using coal as a source of energy is the most dirtiest to used now hes saying that we should used it . Ins't that sound like Kerry a flip flop.Now they also want to use their women such as Clinton,and others to go do the work.It sad that after the DNC mistreat and focerd MRS. CLINTON to suspend her campaign their asking her to go all over the country to help him.That's not how you treat women.

    September 5, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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