September 3rd, 2010
09:05 AM ET
4 years ago

Quick GOP reaction to jobs report

 House Minority Whip Eric Cantor pounced on Friday’s jobs report.
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor pounced on Friday’s jobs report.

Washington (CNN) - The No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives wasted no time in responding to the monthly jobs report.

"Today's jobs report is a clear demonstration that the American economy still has a long way to go," said Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the House Minority Whip.

Cantor's statement was released less than eight minutes after the Labor Department reported that the country's unemployment rate edged up a tenth of a percent in August to 9.6 percent. According to the report, the economy lost 54,000 jobs last month, partially due to a decline in census jobs. But private sector employment was up 67,000 jobs.

"The policies being pursued by the White House and Democrat leaders in Washington continue to create uncertainty and fear that is inhibiting productivity, innovation and job creation," added Cantor.

A few minutes later Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele put out a statement saying "with 54,000 more Americans finding themselves out of work this month and unemployment rising to 9.6 percent, President Obama's 'Recovery Summer' has ended right where it began, with Americans continuing to lose their jobs and unable to find new ones."

President Obama is expected to comment on the jobs numbers at 10am ET. The Democratic National Committee is touting the fact that private sector jobs have increased for eight straight months.


Filed under: Economy • Eric Cantor • issues • Michael Steele • Republicans
soundoff (109 Responses)
  1. yoyoma

    and the GOP plan is................take political points served on the backs of unemployed Americans.

    September 3, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  2. WmScot

    So Mr Cantor where is your parties proposals ? What would you and your party have done to fix the mess that your party got us in ? All I hear from your side is what is wrong. We all are aware of that but what are your solutions ? More of the same that got us into this mess !

    September 3, 2010 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  3. Debby

    He is right wait till the private sectors start laying off heading into the winter months in certain parts of the country, after reading about a double recession on the way.

    September 3, 2010 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  4. JPX

    "The policies being pursued by the White House and Democrat leaders in Washington continue to create uncertainty and fear that is inhibiting productivity, innovation and job creation," Uh, last I checked it was the Bush policies that got us into this mess.

    September 3, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  5. Bob

    I think Cantor uses the same press release each month and will continue to do so until the economy is adding half a million private sector jobs each month. Then, of course, he'd break out the press release criticizing the president for wage inflation. We get it, already. Do we have to keep giving Cantor this stage?

    September 3, 2010 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  6. Ken in NC

    Congressman Cantor and others are quick to complain (8minutes) but make no efforts to help except to say do it our way or we will not work with you and the public is the one to suffer from their actions or the lack thereof.

    September 3, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  7. maf

    Cantor and Steele are the first to throw stones on the jobs report, they should be the first to have their resumes ready for the difficult market they and other GObP'ers will find themselves in come December and 2013!!

    September 3, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  8. Curtis

    So what does this idiot expect? Does he expect a magic wand to be waved to wipeout what was staged during the previous administration? Does he expect it to be fixed overnight? Is that what the GOP is promising. They are the most gutless, whiny snots that this country has ever seen. GOP go away, you've ruined the country.

    September 3, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  9. Independent

    And the Republicans keep saying NO to everything....time to stop your childish acts and set forth to approve the small business bill...Time to stand up and do what is right for the AMERICAN people....STOP saying NO to EVERYTHING....Pray that the NAYSAYERS loose their jobs in the next election.....

    September 3, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  10. Mathew

    But what do you and your GOP colleagues plan to do about the economy Cantor? You can easily say "the democrats' plan isn't working" but why don't you offer viable alternatives? People will take your party more seriously if you offer more solutions rather than immediately denouncing anything the democrats have to offer.

    I'm not the biggest fan of the democrats but I at least appreciate that they are attempting to do something (which is way more than the republicans do). Get with the program republicans. We're not expecting you to agree 100% with the democrats...we're expecting you to contribute instead of saying "no" all the time.

    September 3, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  11. DJ in TX

    Please Mr. Cantor, tell us the GOP policies that will stop uncertainity and fear.........tax cuts??? If the tax cuts were so great, why did the economy tank under the GOP watch? Why did the GOP NOT make the permenant from the start? Please answer that question. Why the time limit on the tax cuts to begin with.

    Lastly, please tell me how tax cuts will NOT raise the deficit. You have NOT proposed how to pay for them (they weren't paid for in the 1st place). All I hear in this comment is how bad things are, not what your plan is to change it.

    September 3, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  12. mdn

    It took 8 years for Bush to destroy the economy. It is good that Cantor recognizes that it will take more than 18 months for the new president to fix the disaster he was handed. Thanks Bush and McCain!

    September 3, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  13. Seriously?!

    "The policies being pursued by the White House and Democrat leaders in Washington continue to create uncertainty and fear that is inhibiting productivity, innovation and job creation," added Cantor."

    So what's your plan Cantor?..............what?.........you don't have one?......Oh so you are going to blame that on Obama too?......great plan!

    Idiot.

    September 3, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  14. C Smith

    And then they said here is OUR plan to help the economy. Wait, what? They didn't? You mean they don't have any plans whatsoever?

    September 3, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  15. LarryB

    WOW....Cantor's statements come a whole "8 minutes" after the unemployment numbers were out!! It looks like they put a lot of time and thought into their statements. This sounds more like some kind of plug-n-play response than a well thought out one! They most likely spent an entire week crafting something to spread fear into the market and all those voters and unemployed looking for some bright spots in the numbers. Never mind that the markets viewed this as a much 'BETTER' number than expected and the fact that 67,000 private sector jobs were created is lost on Cantor and Steele!! Cantor's statement might mean more if it were actually written 'after' the numbers came out and not some pre-written political scare tactic!

    September 3, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  16. mike

    this guy is a loser..this has been the fastest job recovery after a recession ever doesnt he read the facts or are they all oblivious to the facts?..these guys are losers to the end I cannot understand why ANYONE would believe what they say. Check out Haley Barbours recalling of the segregated south it makes me laugh how these guys rewrite facts to suit their words

    September 3, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  17. AEJ

    BS!! BS!! These out of touch politicians are not feeling what we ordinary people are feeling.

    One job gain is better than one job loss. For those people who got jobs let's be happy and greteful. Rather than losing 700,000 to 800,000 job losses under the Republicans. These GOP are so out of touch – when are they ghoing to even start sounding honest?

    September 3, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  18. Liberal4Obama

    According to CNN Money this is the strongest recovery in decades, the GOP has no leg to stand on, they keep criticizing but my question to them is... what have you done to help?... No answer

    September 3, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  19. ramtruck2500

    Well thank the lord!! After negative preaching to americans on the economy the Republicans have spread so much negativity that guess what the whole economy is going to hell and it really is. Geez could it be because people believe the men who caused the mess in the first place? yup. human psychology which they know how to play to a hilt has been brought to a complete negative thanks to them. The end result is that the country suffers because every one is afraid of everything. Thank you men in white sheets. To all the junior economists out there stay out of what you obviously do not understand. here it is plain and simple if you think it will be bad at this point it will be even worse. Stop complaining and preaching fear!

    September 3, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  20. don

    And the republican plan is ??????????

    Drum roll please!!!!!

    Tax cuts and less regulation.

    September 3, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  21. Tim

    Republican politics: "The private sector added 67,000 jobs, but the Democrats aren't doing anything to add jobs." What?? Stop playing politcs with the lives of the American people, and worse yet, obstructing policies that would create more jobs because you fear the other political party receiving credit for a recovery. Pretty disgusting.

    September 3, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  22. JFS

    Now what was Eric's solutions to the Economy ??? Anyone can find problems...true leaders, ERIC, try to find "Solutions" . Nothing special about you sir. Frankly, CNN ought to be ashamed of themselves for giving more FRE-PRESS to the GOP again. Bout time that their LOYAL readers and TV viewers find a new home ???

    September 3, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  23. leslie

    you think 54k is bad remember the bush years

    September 3, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  24. Flagship, NC

    Well, at least he waited 8 minutes before damning the whole administration.
    But he still did not apologize for having the GOP cause this whole mess in the first place, with their own policies and administration.
    It is like the person who spilled the milk on the floor yelling at the person trying to clean it up!

    September 3, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  25. Tweety

    Of course they are going to go ape-sh!it, all the Republicanknuckleheads are doing is constanting jumping on any chance they have to make the president look bad, THAT is their agenda.

    At the expense of the American people they will vote against him everytime on ANY random issue, they will say no to any new policy he persues because they want to see him fail.

    So.... as usual, this "Family Values" party is all talk and no action, bigots, anti gay rights, we-like-you-best-if-you-actually-have-money, white old people, hypocrites, and selfish, non team players.

    Great, this is the country my grandkids have to look forward to. I'll be looking forward to a huge generation of these types of people dying off soon, so that the rest of the sane people can get on with it.

    September 3, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
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