October 8th, 2010
09:10 AM ET
8 years ago

GOP slams Democrats over jobs report

(CNN) - A top House Republican is blasting the White House and congressional Democrats over the September jobs report.

The nation's economy lost 95,000 jobs in September, but the private sector gained 64,000 jobs, according to the Labor Department report released Friday. The unemployment rate stood steady last month at 9.6 percent. The September report is the last to be released before the November 2 midterm elections.

"This report is not only the final affirmation of the failed job-killing policies of Washington Democrats, but it frames the national political debate from now until Election Day," said Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, in a statement put out just minutes after the release of the jobs report.

A few minutes later the top Republican in the Senate weighed in.

"Americans are speaking out, and they want Washington to focus on jobs. But with each passing month, and each new jobs report, it becomes increasingly clear that while massive Washington spending is growing the size of government, it's clearly not growing sustainable private-sector jobs," said Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate Minority Leader, in a statement.

Moments later, the Republican National Committee jumped in.

"After nearly two years of weak leadership and broken promises, the American people will go to the polls in less than a month and reject this Administration's economic mismanagement," said RNC Chairman Michael Steele, in a statement.

The president is expected to address the jobs report later Friday morning when he visits a small business in Blandensburg, Maryland.

The most recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national poll indicates that the economy remains, by far, the top issue on the minds of Americans. And according to the survey, jobs remains the top economic issue.

Listen to CNN's Candy Crowley and Dick Uliano discuss how high unemployment will affect the midterm elections:

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  1. Pollwatcher

    That report is still 100x better than anything Bush did. What jobs did he create?

    October 8, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  2. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    It's like an arsonist complaining that the socialist fire department isn't responding fast enough to the fires they are setting...

    October 8, 2010 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  3. Jim

    Dems the party of food stamps and handouts. GOP the party of job creation. November will decide what the majority of Americans want.....food stamps or jobs.

    October 8, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  4. Alex

    It's just getting ridiculous – the GOP trying to lambast the President over an economic environment they created.

    Get real repubs, the President and his administration are slowly, but surely, digging us out of the deep hole you pushed us into. Why should you get any credibility?

    October 8, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  5. GL

    The nation's economy lost 95,000 jobs in September, but the private sector gained 64,000 jobs, according to the Labor Department report released Friday. The unemployment rate stood steady last month at 9.6 percent..

    American people I hate to break it to you, but 9.6 is going to be the norm becasue ALL THOSE JOBS THE REPUBLICANS SENT TO CHINA is not coming back. Everytime I call and 1-800 number, I get a foreigner and it makes me mad as hell. ALL of low and middle jobs have when to CHINA AND INDIA just call any 1-800 number and see how many American people answer those calls. We should be mad as hell about the Republicans sending all our jobs overseas and now trying to blame the President because the American people can not find a job. PLEASE AMERICAN PEOPLE put the blame where the blame needs to be which is the Republicans party who is responsbile for no jobs for the American people becasue CHINA AND INDA HAVE THEM ALL!

    October 8, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  6. GL

    The unemployment rate stood steady last month at 9.6 percent. The September report is the last to be released before the November 2 midterm elections.

    It is steady because this is going to be the norm becasue all those jobs have been shipped off to China and India and THEY ARE NOT COMING BACK!

    October 8, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  7. GL

    In my state, the Dems are crashing the Republicans that are running in my state with all their oversea ads. Let the truth be told we don't have any jobs becasue the Republicans have shipped them all overseas.

    October 8, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  8. Haren

    We are held hostage by corporation demanding that we will not hire anybody till you give us text cut,allowed us to ship jobs,deregulate so that we can oil spill in Mexico, speculate market and ditch the economy with shoddy deal in wall street and last thing elect our friend republican in congress

    October 8, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  9. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    The GOP act like spoiled kids.They're the ones who created the recession, and now they're screaming because someone else hasn't cleaned up their mess overnight?


    October 8, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  10. stufit

    Do you think that the Democrat liberal party is finally learning that you can't give a trillion dollars to union bosses and left wing nut organizations studying the legalization of marijuana and expect to create jobs? Or worse, do you think they knew that all along and just wanted money

    October 8, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  11. Adalbert

    The GOP has no right to slam anybody. They are the ones who created this mass and they are the ones who obstruct any possible improvement.

    October 8, 2010 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  12. Terry

    Now this is a real shocker, the GOP is actually criticizing the Obama administration. Sounds a whole lot like "dog bites man."

    October 8, 2010 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. watching

    80% of the job losses were government jobs.....isn't that what republicans want?

    October 8, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. MAhole

    I just love the republicans saying that it is the democrats failed policies that are costing jobs........ If the republicans would stop saying NO to everything and stop filibustering every bill that goes to Congress because they don't like the fact that an "intelligent man of color" is our president then maybe things would be different. I sure don't see anything in the republicans or tea-turds agenda that will lead to more jobs – at least not here in America – but they sure do support giving away more jobs overseas........

    October 8, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  15. vic nashville tn

    Economic mismanagement started in 2001 it’s went on till 2006 the results are still affecting us that is true

    October 8, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  16. Clwyd

    How can you slam something that you created over 8 years of de-regulation? Repulsive republican idiots all of them!

    October 8, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  17. GL

    Government layoffs lead to big job losses and CNN you need to be a shame of yourself reported half of the story.

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy unexpectedly shed jobs in September for a fourth straight month as government payrolls fell sharply.

    Hey Republicans isn't this what your party have been screaming about firer the government workers and now that government jobs have been shedded your are screaming about job loses.

    How hypocritical the Republicans are – they were the ones crying about too many Federal jobs and we need to cut them. Republicans you can not have it both ways. So shut the hell up, becasue we government workers know you don't give a damm about US!

    October 8, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Yeah, okay, whatever. Democrats have FINALLY gone on the offfensive!! We're sticking together and we're calling out all the crap that the Rethugs are pulling. We have enough ammunition on the GObP anti-American antics to sail us through the 2016 Presidential elections!

    Way to go Democrats!! Let them know they're in a fight!!!

    October 8, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  19. GL

    CNN you can go the hell as well acting like Fox News with reporting half the story. I am sick of CNN!

    October 8, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  20. scott

    Once again the Democrats show why they are a party of screw ups. Two years they have been in power, yet the ecomony is still in the tank. Then they got the nerve to call the polices of the Republicans failed????. How about their polices? Obama is not fit to lead, and the demcorats are not fit to govern, and to think I voted for OBama two years ago. What was I thinking, my apoligies for voting for Obama and the Dem's, I will not make that mistake again. Vote Republican, I am an independent that got tired of lies of the Dems' and Obama.

    October 8, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  21. Ron

    Well... surprise, surprise! What else is going to happen when rethugs are sitting on a trillion $ in cash, but won't hire people? They are trying to turn everyone against the President, but it won't work. I guess they think everyone in America is a dumb "hicky" person.

    What's this about McDonalds no longer offering healthcare to its workers??! Tell you what. I'll never buy another big mac! Let's see how that affects their bottom line...... And, I'll go one further. ANY company that tries to pull this crap is off my Christmas list.

    October 8, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  22. Fair is Fair

    Heck of a job, Obama. Heck of a job.

    By the way, your community called. It needs to be organized.

    October 8, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  23. stufthis

    While this report may be harmful to democrats, it is better than the 8 million jobs lost in Bush's last year, and the $4 a gallon gasoline for his friends in big oil.

    October 8, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  24. GL

    People are getting what they wanted – a smaller government – so why are they so unhappy?

    The U.S. economy unexpectedly shed jobs in September for a fourth straight month as government payrolls fell sharply. There you have it Tea Baggers so why are you still screaming? What to you exspect is going to happen when govenment gets smaller – higher unemployment STUPID!

    October 8, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  25. Squiggs

    This many jobs were lost even with the massive tax cut the republicans want to continue for the rich who they say need the cut so that they can create jobs. What does the hipocrit GOP have to say about how the tax cut os not creating jobs. If the rich aren't going to use their windfall to hire people then let the government have it so that they can hire people.

    October 8, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
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