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. Right Turn

    Who cares...obama who? I just want to see stories on Sarah!

    September 5, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. amused

    Just when i thought that the american public could not become anymore clueless i stand corrected. reading your comments here furthers my belief that the downward spiral of america is its citizens and not the government. you are selfish and self serving. most of you would sell your soul for a nicer car or bigger house. perhaps you should educate yourselves about the role of the 3 branches of government and then decide who has dropped the ball.

    September 5, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  3. ohio

    what they hell kinda outfit cost $300.000 ?
    McCain feels your Pain HAHAHHAHAHAHAHA
    11 houses, 300,000 outfits, everyone has healthcare they can go the emergency room, the economy is strong we all are a bunch of whiners, we lose 605,000 jobs and the economy is not as strong as we like!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahaha

    September 5, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Leta

    By the way the people that lost those jobs were probably working cash only jobs....and the tax money never helped anyone but those not paying taxes.....And then you wonder "Why do my taxes keep going up"
    give me the Statics from the Unemployment commission.....No a computer poll on who on line at 1:00pm has a job......? and tell me 6.1% are unemployed........This is just unnecessary gum knocking and teeth clicking jiberish......

    September 5, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. Brad

    Wouldn't it be refreshing to us all if just once, a member of the other party would actually say something positive about the other or actually agree withn them. I can always tell frorm just listening without even knowing who is talking, which party that person is with. They all say they are going to end the bi-partisanship, but truthfully none fo them will. Also why does it seem that everyone talks about President Bush's poor approval rating, when the democratically controlled congress numbers are even lower. When will you all get it that one person does not have all the power. Let's all wake up and replace these do nothing congress members. They are the ones that really are putting us all second.

    September 5, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  6. SUPPORT FOR AMERICA

    ANOTHER EXAMPLE WHY REPUBLICAN'S CAN'T RUN A COUNTRY - LOST JOBS, RECORD HIGH GAS PRICES, FALLING DOLLAR, RECORD DEFICITS, INCREASING ENERGY AND FOOD PRICES, BIN LADEN ON THE LOOSE ETC.

    WHY SHOULD THE REPUBLCIANS BE GIVEN FOUR MORE YEARS?

    WAKE UP PEOPLE! VOTE OBAMA 08

    September 5, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. Charlotte

    Didn't Obama vote for the Cheney energy bill? All he talks about is to point to what John is or isn't talking about as if that makes his talking about John the whole point? What ????Obama talks in circles..

    September 5, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. RCH, St. Paul, MN

    I find it hilarious that McClone says that the best way to fix all the problems caused by Republicans in America is to ... elect another Republican! How stupid does he think we are?

    September 5, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  9. FreeNLovIt

    I'm speechless with McCain. On the day of your Prez acceptance, you cut all ties with Bush. Is that too late to be authentic?

    September 5, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. Gerry

    It comes to this; there is a risk in choosing Obama, but there is a real chance that he truly possesses the greatness that so many see in him. There is no chance whatsover that McCain can dig us out of the deep hole dug by the man whose failed policies and tired right wing myths are shared by McCain.This is the tipping point for America. Our wealth and power are still far to great for us to become a lesser nation. But there are many signs that we are becoming too fearful and cynical to move forward, while our economic and political adversaries grow stronger, bolder, and more inspired. America must take a chance on real change, we must take risks to or we will become old, tired, and dispirited before our time.

    September 5, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. joshua, tennesse.

    yep, no lapel pin, no solutions, no plan,

    just remember:

    WAR HERO + P.O.W. = SOLUTIONS FOR PROBLEMS AND ISSUES AND LAPEL PINS.... YOU WILL HEAR THE WAR RETHORIC FOR THE NEXT 3 MONTHS... GET USED TO IT.

    Palin just repeats wathever karl rove, I mean the campaing tells them to say, she is an empty suit.

    September 5, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. clarence

    McCain's solution of Spending $10 Billion a month in Iraq for the next 10, 50 or 100 years is not helping. Oh well of course, it's creating a lot of jobs in Iraq, you know building their roads, schools... But I guess I am really concerned about the jobs in the USA!

    September 5, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. Baze

    Now McCan't uses the Change you can believe in slogan. Actually he's right, you can believe that he will constantly change his message, and the wicked witch of the west will be right by his side screaming. Eh heee heee heeeeee... I'll get you my pretties, and the last of your little American life that you value too.

    STOP THE MADNESS!!!! ONE NATION!!

    September 5, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. no trickle down...

    6.1% unemployment rate is a great example of an economy 'that's doing just fine'!

    John, don't you and your wife have another $300,000 (three hundred thousand!) shopping spree to go on. That in itself will support the employment of a few part-timers and get the economy going. Right McCain?

    McCain has no idea! Stop grinning at me old man!

    September 5, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. greg

    McCain did stand up to Bush and vote against all those tax cuts that went mostly to the wealthy. Right Ian!!?

    September 5, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. FreeNLovIt

    Howard, how can you say that Obama's economic plan is dangerours/ Arent we all better off 8 years ago? Obama's plan is a Clinton-plan.

    This country was run under a Republican leadership and they got all they wanted. The exact policy that McCain is promoting and we're not going anywhere.

    It's time for change.

    September 5, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. captbilly

    How many times are the American people going to buy into the idea that cutting taxes for the wealthy while spending billions on the military, will improve the economy. It seems as though politicians are not bound by the normal rules of cause and effect, statistics, science, or just plain decency. I think the Republicans have tried lowering taxes for the wealthy every time they have been in power for the past half century. Every time they have done this, without fail the economy has done worse and the deficit has soared. Why would they, or we, believe that this time the same tactic will result in a different outcome?

    It always sounds good to say you will cut taxes, but what the republicans have done time after time is to cut taxes for the extremely wealthy, not for the majority of Americans. In the process the deficit increases dramatically (look what has happened over the past 8 years, or what happened when Reagan was President) so the value of the dollar goes down and the government spends a higher and higher portion of the budget on interest payments (I believe that interest is approaching 50% of the budget now). To put it in the simplist possible terms, it's like charging up your credit card; you have a good time for a while but then you are stuck with the huge interest payments.

    THe question is why do the Republicans keep doing this? because they are in the pockets of the very wealthy who benefit from these policies, and the politicians themselves are wealthy. But why do Americans who benefit in no way from these economic policies continue to support them. The answer seems to be that either they don't understand the Republican economic policies or they imagine themselves as some day being wealthy enough to benefit from them. We need laws that benefit all Americans not a tiny wealthy elite.

    September 5, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. leapfrog

    McCain espouses the same old tired "trickle down" GOP economic policy that's haunted the American people for decades. It's NEVER translated out to actual benefit for our economy or the for the average person's standard of living. Do your research. Look at the periods when there have been Republican presidents. It starts off nice, but by the time they leave, the economy is in the tank. Why? because "trickle down" really means feed the rich, ignore the poor. So as you stand in the unemployment line, do you think McCain's going to do anything to get you a job? Heck no.

    September 5, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. clarence

    Palin has fired an awful lot of people in Alaska in an abuse of power. You know the librarian for not obliging to censor books, people in town government who talk to the press without permission, etc... Yet I guess Alaska is pretty insignificant having only a population the same size of Austin Texas, population 670,000, so maybe this fact is not significant.

    September 5, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. Phil Newton in Murphy, Oregon

    McCain's idea of change is to follow the Bush economic disaster letter for letter.

    That's change?

    Change is coming, but not from him.

    Obama 08

    September 5, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. Jason from Arizona

    Ian.. so your buying into McCain's lies/smears and personal attacks

    McCain claims he knows how to win wars (what war has he ever won?) Answer NONE.. he actually violated American military law by talking about the military.. You can only say Name, Rank, Serial # if ever captured or one will be charged with treason!!

    McCain claims he knows how to win the peace (what peace has he brought?) None.. see the next 2 examples below!!

    McCain says he wants troops in Iraq (America middle east style) for 50-100 years..

    McCain says he wants to "Bomb Bomb Bomb Bomb Iran" and the chuckles about it manically..

    Palin is a pot smoker. She wants to censor books/movies/radio/tv/music, etc.. (she fired a librarian, a public safety officer illegally)

    She attended 5 colleges in 6 years and YOU want her to be the next VP and President.. cuz lets face it, McCain is too old and weak to handle the rigors and stresses of that job... (Cindy has to hold his arm at the elbow ever time he walks down steps and stairs)

    Palin is tied to big oil, her husband Todd works for BP (just what America needs is another person tied to big oil sitting in the white house)

    Obama has vision for moving America forward. McCain/Palin don't they only know how to attack with smears, lies and misinformation.. Oh Palin also has a porn video on the net and nude photos as well!!

    September 5, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. Florida Gal

    So if McCain is going to bring change could he please tell us how he will do it.

    September 5, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. Just Wondering.

    To Concerned:

    Do you just look over the rude comments made by the Mccain supporters?

    September 5, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. No Mr. McGoo and Polly Pure Bread

    I was listening to WYCA (Christian radio) this morning and they were interviewing the President of the Southern Baptist Convention. He stated that John McCain called and asked him who he should pick as Vice-President and he told him it would have to be a pro-lifer. So he recommended Polly Pure Bread Palin and some other guy. He said he was shocked that McCain went with Palin. Also, the National Enquirer is reporting that Palin had an affair with her husband's business partner and the media is not reporting this just as they would not report the Edward affair. Lastly, how many of you thought it was distasteful for Palin's daughter and boyfriend to be walking around the stage like they were the national poster teens for pre-marital sex. We don't need people from six different middle of the line schools trying to run this country. Vote Obama

    September 5, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  25. Gail AL.

    Change can only come with the MCcain-Palin ticket. Everyone knows MCcain is not like Bush he's far from him. Obama is same old thing politics as usual.[Chicago Politics] wASHINGTON NEEDS SHAKING UP AND MCCAIN AND PALIN CAN DO IT. The dems are terrified of Palin. she has shook up the media, Obama, and she will shake up washington, you go girl, shake'em up.

    September 5, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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