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. Laverne

    So sick of hearing the same talking points from the republicans. How about doing something to help the American people like NOT holding up the small business bill. I don't know why the American people refuse to see the republicans for what they really are. They have not demonstrated a willingness to participate and do their jobs from day 1 of the Obama Administration. I hope their tactic of being an obstructionist back fire on them big time! The republicans don't care about Americans, they care about republicans!

    September 3, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. guest

    What is the GOP plan? Anyone?

    September 3, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  3. MAhole

    "Today's jobs report is a clear demonstration that the American economy still has a long way to go,"

    Mr. Cantor – you are SO effing brilliant............

    And you and the rest of the Rethuglicans expect that an 8-year train wreck can be fixed in just 2 years – again – effing brilliant.............

    September 3, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. Toby

    No, it's the Republicans that are inhibiting productivity!

    September 3, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. Gary

    How about a little help Eric!

    September 3, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  6. Dave

    Sure, and Cantor and the rest of the GOP morons have a solution? Let's see them... These idiots created this mess and all they can do is beat up on the people trying to fix it. So typical of these simpletons...

    September 3, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. ST

    Yes it is still the long way to go Mr. Cantor, but it sounds good to take the baby step and have hope plus courage to reach there!

    September 3, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. Deb (NY)

    I guess this young gun did not sleep waiting to address the report just released. My God, how do these people dig a hole for us for 8 years and now less than two years later pass the buck to President Obama. THese incompetent people threw us over a cliff and now want to come back with the same gift just a different bow. How stupid are Americans if these morons are elected back into office. Why not give Obama the four years we elected him too?

    September 3, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. dont care what you Demoncrates say

    tell obama thanks, hmmm never over 8%, then what is 9.6% a mistake, or was 8% another obama lie.

    September 3, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  10. AEK

    I don't know what Mr. Cantor and his Republican buddies thought would eventually happen when they continued to pass legislation to reward companies for shipping American jobs overseas. Now they want to blame everyone but themselves for the outcome, typical!

    September 3, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  11. Sissy

    This President has always said "That we have a long way to go" but just think how much further we could be if you Republicans would work for a recovery instead of Stonewalling and Fillabusteriing everything this administration is doing.......if the Repbulicans were in charge we still wouldn't be any further along in a recovery than we are right now,,,,,,maybe even worse........the Republicans don't want the recovery to start moving in our favor with Obama as President......that way they will try to convince Americans that he is a failure and they can do better and win votes for November.......no way......

    September 3, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  12. Harv

    Cantor's right: we should go back to the failed Republican policies, catastrophic decisions, junk economics and abdication of regulatory responsibility that got us into this mess....

    September 3, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  13. Georgia, Joe

    I amazed at the reaction of the Republicans. They should be jumping for joy at this jobs report. This report reflects exactly what they would want to occur if they were honest with the American people. Private enterprise is hiring, although not fast enough, and government is laying off employees. The vast majority of the jobs lost in this last month are all government jobs. We are slowly growing our way out of the mess created by eight years of Bush/Cheney and a out of control Republican Congress.

    September 3, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  14. Not Fooled

    Typical Two-Faced ubber-con drivel! Dismiss the positive jobs report when the census was hiring in late spring, Now holds up the lay-off of those same temproary workers as an example of a 'bad jobs report'. Wall Street disagrees with you.

    September 3, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  15. ABM

    Take a hint Cantor and help the Dems move this country forward instead of running to the microphone to get your media fix. What we need are people in office who actually DO WORK. What are your plans? Are they in detail and written down so we can see them? I thnk not!

    How can you prove to this country that you and the other Republicans can lead?

    Vote Democrat! I will and I am a registered Republican (go figure).

    September 3, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  16. Justin

    He should have added, " ... and if the GOP regains power, we will make sure that jobs – when they are added – will NOT provide a living wage to employees, will NOT ensure a minimum level of healthcare to anyone, and will NOT even begin to keep up with inflation."

    Real wages for average Americans have gone backward for 30 years, while the top 5% of Americans have seen their incomes increase exponentially.

    "Productivity" has only benefited the investor class. And they'll put their money anywhere – China, Brazil, you name it.

    Time to put $$ in the pockets of the hard-working Americans who need it.

    Re-distribute the wealth now!

    September 3, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  17. Jeff in Virginia

    Another month, another canned response from Eric Cantor. It will not ever matter how good the jobs report is, Eric Cantor will always say it's not enough. Politics as usual.

    As a native Virginian, I am ashamed of this man.

    September 3, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  18. dallaseas

    Are these the same Republicans the took a balanced budget, low unemployment and managed to create this situation to begin with. Of course, the party of accountablility want no part of the blame.
    What would be different if they were in power now? They offer no solutions, just like to say NO.

    To all Republican admit you were complicit in the economic mess we are in. Show you are patriotic by offering up some new ideas, or at least show some support

    September 3, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  19. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    The only people creating uncertainty and fear is the GOP.

    September 3, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  20. Michael

    Yes, the economy's recovery is a long way off. That's what so many predicted when Bush was steering the ship into the dangerous waters we are currently in. I guess the republicans message is very clear; "Hey, we screwed it up and now let us fix it". No thanks. Untll the moderates can regain control of the party, republicans will not be welcome in the government I desire.
    As for the "Do you miss me yet" Bush my answer is, "Yes, I miss him" like I would miss a boil on my butt.

    September 3, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  21. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    The stimulus money that was supposed to create jobs went to union bosses and greedy, corrupt left wing dope smokers so there are no jobs. The Obozocare bill has created huge cost incrreases in our renewals, so we are scared to hire and this idiot president we have is trying to play politics with tax cuts, creating more uncertainty. The "summer of prosperity" continues?

    September 3, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  22. BD70

    Even if the jobs report was totally on the positive these Republicans would have something negative to say. Duh! I think we know we have a ways to go. If anyone is spreading uncertainty and fear they are with their constant negative comments.

    September 3, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  23. Mike from MN

    GOP hypocrisy at its dumbest!

    The gov't cuts it's payroll by letting go 114,000 census workers. Isn't this what the GOP wants? Smaller gov't?

    Less we remind the GOP that Obama and Dems do not have 60 votes in the senate to pass everything they wished to pass.

    Every economist will tell you that a bigger stimulus was needed but the GOP watered down every attempts and are using scare tactics to prevent a second round of stimulus.

    As such, it will take longer for the economy to recover – which is exactly what the GOP wants! Their success depends on the US economy failing.

    September 3, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  24. Rob

    Too bad the GOP didn't make these statements during the 8 years Bush was trashing the economy and losing jobs.

    By the way, these unemployment numbers were actually better than expected. Nice try GOP...and CNN.

    September 3, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  25. Snow

    More bad news for this administration but what would one expect? This administration and the demorat congress have been bad news for the country ever since they were sworn into office.

    September 3, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
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