April jobs report: RNC reacts
May 6th, 2011
08:55 AM ET
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April jobs report: RNC reacts

(CNN) - Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus issued the following statement to the April jobs report:

“While any uptick in employment is welcome news, today’s jobs report shows that Barack Obama’s big spending, energy-constricting agenda continues to leave economic relief out of reach for millions of American families and businesses. With gas prices at or over $4 a gallon, many unemployed Americans are now getting hit with another ill-timed setback in the Obama Economy. Even if this President doesn’t recognize the problem, American families know we can’t get back on sound economic footing by continuing to spend money we don’t have and restricting American energy production. If the President is serious about moving the recovery forward, he needs to work with Republicans to bring down energy costs and stop running up the nation’s credit card.”


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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Sounds like they are disappointed that their Governers didn't lay off enough public sector employees to deflate the jobs numbers. I guess the GOTP jobs plan to increase jobs is to put seniors back to work so they can pay for their Medicare.

    May 6, 2011 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  2. StoopidIzAzStoopidDuz

    We've been trying to solve the energy "crisis" for ages! The GOP says we need to get prices down out of one side of their mouths, but says "thanks for the campaign contributions" out of the other side to the oil companies. The Preisdent has been an advocate for alternative energy sources, but we can't spend any money to develop technology.... It doesn't matter what he does, the GOPers will always find a way to make him wrong.... Even when he doesn't have control over things.... How the heck is he going to single handedly drive down oil prices???????? Tell me!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 6, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  3. TEW

    More of the same from the GOP. Obama could save the world and it still would not be enough to satify this arrogant group who possess an over inflated sense of entitilement and privledge. The GOP are shameful and an embarassment to the rest of America.

    They won't be satified until all Americans with the exception of the rich are treated like the poor third world workers they exploit overseas. Not one real job yet created unless you wish to work at McDonalds.

    May 6, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  4. JD in Moraga, CA

    Huh? Maybe the DNC should issue a statement saying something like "“While any uptick in employment is welcome news, today’s jobs report shows that the continued obstructionism and partisan backstabbing by the GOP (Grand Old Party-of- NO") continues to leave economic relief out of reach for millions of American families and businesses."

    May 6, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  5. AEJ

    Hey, can you please tell me how many jobs the George Bush administration added in the 8 years he was in office? In the 2.5 years Obama has been in office his administration ADDED FAR MORE JOBS THAN BUSH DID IN HIS ENTIRE 8 YEARS. TALK ABOUT BAD MOUTHING!!!!
    Can you please also tell the American people how much money George Bush added to the nation's debt? TALK ABOUT BAD-MOUTHING!!! YOU SOUR GRAPE.

    May 6, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  6. Indiana Voter

    Looks like the Republicans are following through on their promise of creating jobs. That is what the liberals on here were wanting, so now they are getting it. Jobs started disappearing when Democrats took control of Congress in 2006, and now they are starting to return now that Republicans have control of the House. Just think how many would come back if Republicans took back control of the Senate too! Moral of the story: Democrats kill jobs, Republicans create jobs.

    May 6, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  7. Sue

    What is there to react about CNN, 64,000 of those new jobs are at McDonalds. Remember that McDonalds announced that it was hiring thousands throughout the country. So, let's see......64,000 of these new jobs at McDonalds pay approximately $6 an hour, and gas is now $4 a gallon and food prices have increased. Did you think that nobody was going to point out that 64,000 of these new jobs are at McDonalds? The pro-Obama, puppet media will do anything to try to make Obama look good. However, guess what-it will not work. The majority in the country do not watch CNN and MSNBC for the "real" news. Therefore, they will also soon become aware as well that 64,000 of these new jobs are at McDonalds.

    May 6, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  8. Jerry in NH

    Of course the Republicans are going to blame a slowdown in the economy on the Democrats. It is all part of their plan to tank the economy by preventing the stimulus that we need. The first stimulus really was way too small. Although the Republicans claim it was over 700 billion, remember that a large portion of it wasn't spending, it was tax cuts supposedly to create jobs. Also, before the compromise on the Bush tax cuts during the lame duck session, Republicans claimed it was uncertainty about the tax cuts that was preventing employers from hiring. Now what is there excuse? Obama's spending.

    Republicans will keep trying to pull the wool over our eyes until they're back in power. When they do get there, expect more attacks on the New Deal and the safety net. They want to return to the "good old days". What most people don't realize is the "good old days" they want to return to is the gilded age of the 19th century where there was an extremely rich class and the poor workers who supply cheap labor and who are kept in check by low wages and manipulated markets. If Republicans do return to power, there will soon be no middle class, only the extremely rich, their servants, and poor workers.

    May 6, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    No one is talking about how many dollars that unemployment contributes to the deficit. Job growth is flat, but it is positive. It is laying a broad foundation for the higher numbers to come later his year, or more likely next year.

    May 6, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  10. Beauty

    They are so full of it.

    May 6, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  11. Beverly

    Republican leaders are qwick to judge – but what have any of them done to improve the job market? Nothing! The only comments they make about jobs since the last election are the negative comments they have about the President. If the President could do it all himself – he would need Congress!

    May 6, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  12. JediMasterMatt

    Of course, what else are the spineless hacks going to say...just about everything President Obama tried over the last 3 years was rejected by the party of NO. For these people nothing will ever be good enough...if President Obama walked on water to save a drowning child, they would complain and say that 'Obama can't swim'

    May 6, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  13. barry

    What is the RNC Talking about??? The economy Crashed at the end of your 8 years of "No Regulations" on Banks,Wallstreet,and oil companies, Price Fixing was Encouraged! Our President has to "Take-on the worst "Economic Disaster" in my 55 years of my life????? Switch the "Blame" GOP" Thats how you,ve always worked! Get Real!

    May 6, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  14. John in Brooklyn

    Actually...just the opposite is true. The big tax cuts for the wealthy and businesses that republicans have insisted on protecting from the Bush era are, in fact, NOT serving as the engine for growth that they have been promising since the Reagan era. Sadly, Republicans are slow learners...failure to invest in infrastructure (schools, raods, etc) via small government, tax breaks for the wealthy, loopholes for big business, and failure to regulate the banking industry – ALL PART OF THE REPUBLICAN AGENDA – have only led to bankrupt school systems, broken down bridges and roads, national debt that has skyrocketed, stagnant job growth, and a debt crisis that may drive our national credit rating into junk bond status. Now...to fix the problem...they want to blame civil servants, elderly people on Medicare, and the American people who have put their faith in the Social Security system...essentially labeling ALL AMERICANS as "entitled".

    May 6, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  15. John

    Well, what else can the Republicans say. This recovery is proceeding without them, without their taking part in any of the measures, such as the rescue of the auto industry, that have been making recovery possible.

    May 6, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  16. Realistic

    The republicans are idiots and Pubic Priebus needs to understand that everytime he opens his mouth, the republican brand takes a hit in the mouth.

    May 6, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  17. Bill Florida

    And Bush had nothing to do with this! And the banks had nothing to do with this! And the unfunded wars had nothing to do with this!! Anything the other side can do to make noise (and that is what it really is!) they will do! BTW, the econmy is likened to a freight train. It was running at 100 mph in the wrong direction WHEN BUSH was in office! As a business owner at that time, I can tell you, life wasn't good when BUSH was in office! What amazes me is in order to turn this freight train around, you need to slow it down and wait for it to stop and then get it going ( and it sarts slow) in the other direction. We have already slowed it down, stopped it, and it IS heading in the right direction. Another point, the private sector numbers of emplyed are up! it is the Gov't jobs that have been cut that are sweing the 9% unemployment! WHY and againg WHY don't the "other side" address this? They want to cut gov't, the gov't employed numbers are down and you don't hear anytnign at all! Hypocrisy at its best! Don't be fooled into thinking that if we put them back in office that all will be well. It won't! It was the Bush admin that was on the watch when this happened. Lest we forget!

    May 6, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  18. B. Skates

    I cannot believe this. The first time gas hit $4.00 a gallon president bush was in office but it wasn't his fault. Now when it hits $4.00 a gallon and Barack Obama is president its his fault? If the RNC would agree to focus on clean energy and stop trying to drill off our shores and in Alaska this problem would be moot, it would also create MILLIONS of jobs for our country. Hypocrites.

    May 6, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  19. usualone

    One would always expect the Republicans to have a bad spin on anything positive that happens during the Democratic term(s) in office. 244,000 people may differ from this Republican Party chairman's comments. Everytime something looks great the party of "no" will do this spin. If they say it enough, they hope it will stick. Those who want to believe them, at any cost, are not going to differ because they have blinders on to reality. Then there is the whole Obama "hater" issue, which is so prevalent on blogs.

    May 6, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  20. gt

    and get our troops home... why are we still in afganistan ,japan , germany, iraq ,... we waste more money ...

    May 6, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Why is it every time America tries to enact a green energy policy the price of oil goes up? Carter tried to promote energy conservation and was met with "oil shortage" after "oil shortage". Reagan ripped the solar panels off the roof of the White House that Carter installed and the price of oil dropped by more than a half. Over and over this has been the pattern.

    Politicians have been debating for the past weeks about removing subsidies to the gas companies and the price of gas jumps up. People start talking about off-shore drilling and the rate of increase in the price of a gallon of gas slows. This pattern and others like has repeated itself on form or another for decades. Just pay attention and observe. You'll see what I mean.

    May 6, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  22. Kenneth

    The GOP ran on the platform of JOBS JOBS JOBS but have yet to make moves to create any. Continuing to blame President Obama without making efforts within your own party only makes you appear self serving. One more stone will probably bring your glass house down.

    May 6, 2011 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  23. Nelson Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus must don't know the difference between a jobs report and a big spending bill

    May 6, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  24. Florida Joe

    You REPUBS have done NOTHING....Your only plan is another tax cut for the rich while bankrupting our Sr's over Medicare.......You concentrate your time on removing women's rights........I thought The Boner said Jobs were your TOP priority..........It's time these clowns stop the politics and start working with our President to create jobs............We know you feel defeating him is you #1 priority but JOBS JOBS JOBS are what you should be thinking about......

    May 6, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  25. Dave

    Put a sock in it, Reince. It never ceases to amuse me how it was the GOP invented deficit spending and it is never a problem when they are racking up debt – just ask Dick Cheney. All of a sudden, when a Democrat is in office, you hypocrites are screaming from the rooftops. As far as the uptick in jobs is concerned, that is very good news – no thanks to the GOP. Of course, you buffoons ran on creating jobs and there hasn’t been one solution out of the GOP yet. Where is the jobs bill that you people keep talking about?

    May 6, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
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