September 5th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
4 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. No way No How No Mccain-Palin

    Mccain is the Reason that This Country has Lost all those Jobs he Voted with Bush 90 % of the time and He voted Against Equal rights for WOmen. Obama and Joe Biden really care about women that is why they have high ratings from women's Orgainizations for voting for women's rights while Old Mccain Has the Lowest. This Election is Clear John Mccain will fail the American People while Obama and Biden will help us succeed

    September 5, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  2. Lost of CNN Moderation

    John McCain's plan for jobs in America

    Find another country to ship them too! That's about all he's got.

    McCain sure is sounding a lot like Obama lately. "Change" , "fight for your future". Yeah right.

    The only thing that makes McCain a Maverick is the fact that he's changed so much you can't tell where he stands.

    No Way, No How, No McCain/Palin

    September 5, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. Erica

    McCain is a wolf in sheep's clothing! People need to wake up and smell the coffee, this man has ZERO plans to put our economy back on track, only to keep supporting BIG OIL, and starting more wars over oil! Stop voting Republican just because your mommy and daddy always have, grow up, and vote the issues that matter. Abortion, guns, and sexual orientation are ethical matters we all will have to account for on judgment day, right now, we NEED a TRUE LEADER with sound judgment, intelligence and patience. McCain is NONE of those. I fear the day if he is ever elected.

    September 5, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. Kate

    Im tired of people acting like parrots on this McCain and 90% with Bush. Do you people know that Obama voted over 97% with the Democratic Party? His record also made him THE most liberal senator in 2007. So we'll have a Democratic majority in both the House, Senate and the White House. Checks and balances out the window. Think about that you parrots!

    September 5, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. McCain + Sarah = confused leadership

    Kate and all these poeple who are so easily taken in by McCain.
    You are all like those animals in Animal farm by George Owell. Allowing others to think for you.
    Sarah Palin was not a hands on mayor or Governor. She dismissed all people who disaggred with her.
    She let other people do her work and with six days conviencing you've all been taken in. I'm sorry for people who don't use their brains because sooner or later it will have major shrinkage or atrophy.

    September 5, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. Bruce

    No plan.
    McCAin in his own words says he voteed with Bush 90% of the time. Supported the failed policies that got us where we are now..6+% unemplyment, a looming recession..and what do we hear....Country First...perhaps from the what i saw of the repubs at the convention it should be "country club first"
    Did anyone else notice that the great patriot, did not wear a lapel pin last night, nor anything in the colors of the country.
    Had this been Obama everyone would have been all over it.
    The reoubs had 7 years controlliing DC and 8 years in the White House...time to throw the bums out....all of them.

    September 5, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  7. Bruce

    No plan.
    McCAin in his own words says he voteed with Bush 90% of the time. Supported the failed policies that got us where we are now..6+% unemplyment, a looming recession..and what do we hear....Country First...perhaps from the what i saw of the repubs at the convention it should be "country club first"
    Did anyone else notice that the great patriot, did not wear a lapel pin last night, nor anything in the colors of the country.
    Had this been Obama everyone would have been all over it.
    The reoubs had 7 years controlliing DC and 8 years in the White House...time to throw the bums out....all of them.

    September 5, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  8. Wayne

    You dont have to guess what the economy will be like under McCain. Close your eyes, think about the last 8 years. Now open your eyes. Thats what the next 4 would look like under McCain.

    September 5, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  9. Obama

    NO MCCAIN, PERIOD.

    September 5, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Enlightened Republican for OBAMA!

    Ian – You dont have a clue as to what you're talking about!

    Your data reeks of the FOX propaganda "news" station.

    September 5, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. Ed

    Ian, You have your facts wrong... According to the Congressional Quarterly’s vote studies, John McCain has in fact voted with the President 89% of the time since the President took office in 2001. If you don't know what you are talking about, it might be better to say nothing at all. Easy to call someone a liar, when you don't use the truth yourself.

    September 5, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. Maggie VT

    Unfortunately, JM did vote 90 percent of the time with Bush. And anyone who has been in the Senate for 26 years and has this to show for it, I feel very sorry for them. And, I guess I don't understand this country anymore. I was brought up to tell the truth. I have watch Palin several times tell the same story over and over again about the "bridge to nowhere", selling the airplane on Ebay when in fact a millionaire in Alaska bought it, she had a surplus, yet left as Mayor with a 20 million dollar deficit. Yet people think this is great, she is a great person. What would happen if Obama told those stories???? Please!!!!!

    September 5, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. JustCheck

    > According to the National Journal, the authority on Congressional vote
    > ratings, McCain voted with his party 59.7% of the time during the 8
    > years of the Bush administration.

    Wow, I am continually amazed at the levels of blatant falsehoods you Repugnicans will stoop to. Check out the facts (http://mediamatters.org/items/200808270008)

    McCain Presidential Support Score
    2001 91%
    2002 90%
    2003 91%
    2004 92%
    2005 77%
    2006 89%
    2007 95%

    What else ya' got liar?

    September 5, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. Tina

    Can someone PLEASE guide John McBUSH back to the old folks retirement home that he wondered away from. This old man and his creepy wife give me the willys. I can't imagine 4 more years of looking at them.

    Please vote OBAMA.

    NO MORE BUSH/Wacked Politics.

    NO John McBUSH and Sarah Fail'n

    September 5, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. Michaela

    Ian .. they are quoting 90% based on the last 3 years. The previous 4 years especially in 2000 McCain was against Bush as in running against him

    Since McCain decided to run again he has embraced Bush policies .. he is on youtube saying he has supported Bush himself.

    I see when you quote Obama statistics you pick the years of your choosing .

    Typical right win nut job

    September 5, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. Spider

    I confess, I have not heard the entire quotes from the two candidates, just the snippets recorded in this article. However, if these are representative of the whole, which candidate is attacking the other instead of looking at the problem and comng up with a solution?

    September 5, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. AMN

    He'll fight for your future if you are rich like him. If not, he'll just throw you under the bus financially and step over your dead body to chase bin Laden to the gates of Hell.

    September 5, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  18. Jordan - San Marcos TX

    If someone who was just being introduced to the United States watched the RNC, they would probably think that there is not such thing as an economy.

    September 5, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. Terry from GA

    George Bush and the Republicans had 8 years to get it right and they completely dropped the "economic" ball. It's time for them to step aside.

    September 5, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. Diana

    All those who support Obama need to really look at his record. You can actually pull up any Senators record and check how they vote. We are not electing a hollywood celbrity, we are electing someone who can move us into the futre. Obama is not ready for that yet. Give him another 4 years and he might be. You elect a president like you pick a job applicant. Forget party (yes, I am a democrat too) look at their record. Unfortunately most Americans don't. They listen to all the high eloquent speeches and think "wow" amazing. If we were voting for that than Obama would have my vote, but he's not. Once you take away his speech writer and the teleprompter, he stumbles..learn the facts..then vote!

    September 5, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  21. michael b

    thank you pennsylvania voter get it right lan

    September 5, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  22. Shave Little Miss Ice Chip Off the Runway

    Ian, you're missing the point! It's not the last eight years I worry about; it's the next eight. Factually speaking, if John McCain had stayed the "mavrick" (spelling from a redneck, right-wing nutjob supporter's sign at the GOP convention) he once was, those stats would hold true on a good day, but if you just look at Bush's second term, it's been 90%.

    Oops! Sorry, nice attempt at the ol' FAUX NEWS spin of the truth, but I and a lot of other intelligent, informed American voters ain't buyin' the McCain/Palin moose poop agenda. And don't insult our intellect by reminding us Bush doesn't vote, we already know that. If he did, we be in deeper debt and worse national standing than we are already.

    September 5, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  23. Linda Welch

    Stop fighting with the Right Wingers. Remember what they did in 2000 when they all flocked down to Florida and started threatening people everywhere. Remember how they kept yelling in Washington to Al Gore, "Get out of Dick Cheney's House?" They are a dangerous group of folks. They do not want to lose their grip on power. They now control the agenda in Washington. Bush, McCain, Graham, Lieberman, McConnell.... and all the rest of them. They are frantic to hold on to their power, so they are promoting all of the Christian Coalition and Anti-Abortion crowd to fight for them. What we intelligent folks have to do is stay focussed. Get a group of friends together this weekend and pick a community and go door to door with materials about Obama and tell people why you support him. Be positive... Keep working for Change and it will come.

    September 5, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  24. wait a minute

    What could Bush have done after Clinton pushed to sign the unfair trade agreements on his watch?

    September 5, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  25. tammie

    Is anyone else getting tired of the same old speech over & over by Palin? Is one speech all she can handle?

    September 5, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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