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. Sniffit

    ""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."

    Pretty sure that's the GOP's demagoguery there champ. Now put your earbuds back in, crank up your Britney Spears and leave us alone.

    September 3, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  2. Ben in Texas

    You all remember Eric Cantor. He's the bozo who got all frantic about being fired upon by liberals, and then the incident turned out to be nothing. He's the "boy who cries wolf". Another fear-mongering Repug.

    "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.

    Uh, no, Wolf Boy. It's you and the other Repugnants spreading the fear around here.

    September 3, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. ART

    One question Mr Cantor (the android) where were you with your stupid comments when we were losing over 700.000 jobs a month just over two years ago? Where were you when our entire economy was on the verge of collapse and all our major financial companies almost went under? Oh I forget youre a Repubilcan you were not doing or saying anything

    September 3, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. MaRio

    Has anyone reported on the USPS NRP-National Reassessment Process? A process which essentially is sending out workers who have been injured on the job to OWCP and unemployment under the guise of "no work available". Clearly, a discriminatory process under the news radar yet adding to unemployment rates since USPS is doing this in stages across the country. For more info on NRP go to APWU.org.

    September 3, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. brian

    Yes, we still have a long way to go before we get out of the mess that the republican's created.

    September 3, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. dmac

    this is what happen wind u send all the jobs to china, for cheap labor and little enviromental laws. you can blame the politicians,dems & repubs.who pass trade deals that did not protect american working class. this started long before obama.

    September 3, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. jpmichigan

    Obama's Summer Recovery was a joke. More people lost their jobs, fell off receiving any unemployment benefits, had more house foreclosed on and struggle to now feed their children, due to states like Michigan cutting back on food stamps. Yet he appears (Obama) with the same bunch of looser (economy advisers) in the Rose garden. Obama will continue to provide union jobs and government jobs and blame the Republicans for not passing a bill to help small business. There is stimulus money left ( I hope) use that to help small businesses even though they are not unionized. How often do you see Union Representatives in the unemployment lines? Their benefits and pay come before their workers.

    September 3, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. Elad Reppnick

    What exactly are Republicans doing to help improve the job situation? Where will all the new jobs come from that were shipped overseas the past 10 year?

    September 3, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. Marie MD

    Could somebody please give this "man" some Maalox. He always looks as if is constipated.
    Of course they are going to report against the monthly jobs report. This i the same old song. Something good is happening but let's not say so.

    September 3, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. toughlove

    Call it partisan or whatever....but it really sucks right now. It should've gotten better than it has. I know, I know...I'm racist.

    September 3, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. NYC REPUB

    Screw the GOP minority..........THEY have DONE NOTHING FOR the RECOVERY!!!!! NOTHING. The DEMS need to step up to the plate and fight these bums.......They must not take over the house.

    September 3, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. carlos

    vote for any talipublican and:

    LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE, PRAY and DANCE like tomorrow is not guaranteed

    September 3, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. Adalbert

    Is Cantor is as stupid as he looks?

    September 3, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. Greg Pottstown PA

    Unemployment still going up and now they want a new stimulus.

    September 3, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. doug

    New Government jobs should NEVER be counted as real jobs, they just make the problem bigger.

    It is time for those of us in the private sector to realize that we are slaves to the public sector. They are not worth what they are paid, and their pensions are why our country is in such a messed up financial state. They continue to take what we make, they think they are our royalty.

    September 3, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. paul

    As usual Mr Cantor, that political weenie is quick to criticize but slow to get his own plans out. Typical of a spoiled young parents pampered man trying to gain more power.

    September 3, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. Jon

    If Eric Cantor has proven anything, it's that he and his fellow Republicans don't care about working people, and only care about the troubled economy now that they have President Obama to attack for it. I for one am not falling for it. The Republicans got us into this mess, and I certainly don't trust them to get us out of it.

    September 3, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. Joe

    What nerve! They stand in the way of every reform, obstruct every attempt to improve the situation, then complain that nothing has been done. And what is their magic solution to all the world's problems?
    Tax Cuts for the Wealthy!!!

    September 3, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. John B

    "continue to create uncertainty and fear that is inhibiting productivity...."

    Now, doesn't that sound more like the republicans?

    September 3, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. Thomas

    So it will take a while for the US economy to recover from the Great Recession?

    Wow, this is breaking news. And there I was thinking this would all be fixed this weekend.

    I suppose the RNC is next going to tell me that there will still be some hot days this summer?

    September 3, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. harold

    govenment jobs decreased; private sector jobs increased; I thought that is what the GOP and everyone else wanted? guess I am missing something in the translation??

    September 3, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. Jay T.

    And your economic policies of got us there, friend.

    September 3, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  23. Clwyd

    So what is the Party of NO doing to act on the small business help bill? Nothing to help America or Americans. They would rather they hurt Obama and the democrats before the election with the mess they created and want to make even worse after November!

    September 3, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. beevee

    Accept it Mr. Cantor, the economy of this country is getting better albeit ever so slowly. I could not imagine what could have been the state of our economy if the GOP is in power. Let me guess.

    September 3, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  25. TTBALA

    You idiot Cantor, can you ever be a little bit optimistic about this, after all what did your party do for eight years ha, tell me, accept ruining this country, getting us into stupid wars, squandering all of our surpluses, making over 3 mil people lose their jobs, you know you are the idiot who thinks American people don't know this and will listen to your stupidity, accept some of the brain dead GOP's who else does not know what your party did, shut up and get lost, your face is offencive.

    September 3, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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