April 2nd, 2010
08:53 AM ET
4 years ago

Cantor gets in quickest response on jobs

Eric Cantor was quick to respond to Friday's unemployment numbers.
Eric Cantor was quick to respond to Friday's unemployment numbers.

Washington (CNN) - The fastest reaction to Friday morning's release of the March unemployment report appears to go to House Republican Whip Eric Cantor.

The No. 2 House Republican sent out an e-mail response less than five minutes after the Labor Department released the jobs report.

"Any report showing that the economy added jobs is clearly a better alternative to one showing that it lost more jobs. Yet we must set our sights higher, our goals larger, and our actions bolder. Americans deserve far more than the up and down, roller coaster like unemployment reports of the past few months," said Cantor. "We must work to move beyond this uncertainty by creating a sustained period of real job creation, and that can only start once Washington stops actively impeding economic growth."

Coming in second, according to our informal count here at CNN, was Democratic National Committee Brad Woodhouse, who touted the unemployment report.

The Labor Department says the nation's jobless rate remained unchanged in March, at 9.7 percent. The report also showed 162,000 jobs were created in March, only the third month since the start of 2008 that employers did not cut payrolls. Economists surveyed by Briefing.com had forecast a gain of 184,000 jobs


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soundoff (95 Responses)
  1. anthony

    wow...a republlican who said something positive!

    April 2, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  2. Larry

    Sad that getting your spin out is more important than trying to fix the situation.

    April 2, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  3. mike

    Just like he got in the "quickest response to being shot at"

    Cantor is a joke ...

    April 2, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. DallasMarine

    Cantor, the annoying little kid that nobody liked growing up.

    April 2, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. RNC/GOP/REPUBLICANS=SCANDAL

    The GOP are quick to criticize when they've done nada to improve this country over the last year. They seriously think they'll take back the Congress in November. I don't know why when they haven't proved to voters that they should belong in power. Over the last year, all we've heard from the GOP is regaining power back in D.C. and no solutions on the problems the country faces.

    DEATH OF THE GOP 11/10

    April 2, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. hongli

    Eric Cantor seems to have forgotten that the unemployment was created by George W Bush and the Republican Party which he's part of trying to destroy the USA.

    April 2, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. Paula

    His comments just forces home the fact that Republicans are only politically motivated and could care less about America. It's all about them and what they can get out of it and the heck with everyone else.

    Republicans created the mess...for someone else to have to clean up...and then have the audacity to criticize people who try to fix the problems America faces.

    The mess didn't happen overnight and it won't be fixed over night.

    Kudos President Obama for standing up for Americans...even the ones that are against you.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU GO BOY!!!!!

    April 2, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. SpingGambit

    Keeping close track of the numbers, eh, Cantor?

    How long has Cantor been in Washington? This is only the third month prior to January 2008 that we have seen job growth and the GOPers are only now bleating like a stuck p&gs?

    With the GOPers finally coming out of the woodwork now that the numbers are on a upward trend, I wonder where the urgency was in say, 2007? Or 2008? Or even in 2009, for that matter?

    Repulsive, Cantor! Absolutely repulsive and delusional.

    April 2, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. Mr. Moderate

    Looks like he sacrificed coherence for speed. Who wrote that for him Sarah Palin?

    April 2, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  10. Joe

    These Repugs cannot stand the fact the Dems are doing what is best for the country and things are improving....

    April 2, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  11. Fed Up

    Odd comments coming from a man whose party encourages illegal immigrantion to supply cheap labor (not to mention those illegals putting a strain on American resources), whose policies encourage shipping American jobs overseas and then wonders why the economy is tanking as millions of Americans loose their jobs while CEOs rake in obscene profits.

    This runaway Republicanism took away Bill Clinton's surplus and turned it into a monstrous deficit. Republican spending from 2001 to 2006 nearly broke this country while making a few rich people richer.

    I'm sorry Mr. Cantor, remind me again why I should vote for your current style of Republicans. Those vast numbers of Americans who wish to work and contribute to the economy aren't buying what you, John Boehner, or Mitch McConnel are selling any more.

    April 2, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  12. What goes around

    He's obviously still jittery from having his campaign office "shot at."

    April 2, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  13. MikeH

    Ah yes, Obama's policies are working, that's the problem for the Republicans. How to sabotage America so that the Republicans can get back in power and complete the destruction of Middle-Class America they started under Reagan.

    April 2, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  14. Jennifer

    Shut up Cantor!! Anything to criticize this administration.
    What a stupid comment," Washington stops actively impeding job growth." and " real job creation"
    Hello??? What do you think 162,000 jobs being created is??
    Fake jobs??

    April 2, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. George in Az

    Instead of hiding in the weeds waiting to click your mouse with the negative GOP nonsense, why not give the American people a shot of confidence with a positive spin just once. This little mouthpiece and the republicans need some new material. They are starting to go into panic mode now.

    April 2, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  16. CitizenS

    Yes, Let's just say anything to let the RNC put a negative spin on the Obama Administration. However, let us not forget the true picture that the Bush administration lost us hundreds of thousands of jobs in their 8 year tenure. So, vote for the RNC if you will and repeat the Bush era...stale, static, non-productive governing.

    April 2, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. ATL Guy

    This guy is an idiot. He's happy that the economy is turning around but want's it to be a hypercharged turnaround? Dude, give credit where credit is due. Obama has stopped the slide and is turning things around. Get over the sour grapes.

    April 2, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. Well said

    Cantor: "We must work to move beyond this uncertainty by creating a sustained period of real job creation, and that can only start once Washington stops actively impeding economic growth."

    For once I agree with Cantor. He's like the coach at halftime stating that "we need to score more points than the other team and we can win this thing."

    Since Cantor was among those that tried to impede the stimulus bill – which is working – he's clearly part of what needs to be changed in Washington.

    April 2, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  19. zeidenmedia

    What kind of jobs are these? Full time long term? Full time seasonal? Part time? What is the REAL story?

    April 2, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  20. JMac

    Did his message begin with "First!!!"?

    April 2, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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