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. Bill

    I guess he did not se the poll that reports 55% of Americans lay the blame for our economic woes on the GOP's doorstep. What a clown. Jobs are cominig back and Republicans have nothing to do with it. Oh, and oil is falling in price too. I know they would love to $5 a gallon and high unemployment, just so they can point fingers at the Dems. The bottom line – the GOP has done zip to implement policies that have improved our economy. The credit goes to the current administration and the GOP just can not handle that fact. It will be 2020, at the earliest, before a Rep. has a chnace at the White House.

    May 6, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. Sue

    Besides the fact that 64,000 of these "new" jobs are $6 an hour jobs at McDonalds.........Do you all realize that the national unemployment rate just went back up to 9%??

    If you want to read more about the new McDonalds jobs and the increased national unemployment rate, go to the Drudgereport and realclearpolitics sites.

    May 6, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  3. Marry

    The GOP/TP can only criticize not realizing that the president can only do so much facing this kind of “opposition”. They are especially unrealistic in their assessment since they have not put forward ONE single new idea. The ones that they like to put out are old and have been proven not to work.

    May 6, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  4. Laverne

    President is working hard on every front to move Americans forward and it may be small progress, but it is progress. The republicans know darn well that there is not a whole lot President Obama can do about rising as prices. Those prices are driven by all the wars and other factors. I hear what the republicans say about what the Obama administration is not doing, but what are the republican ran congress doing, NOTHING! The took control of the house in Nov. by running on putting Americans back to work and they haven't done a darn thing, no new ideas. They literally tricked the American people into voting for them by trying to make Obama look bad. The repubs are basically irrelevant and if don't do something really great for the American people soon, their power will be short lived!

    May 6, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  5. Ryan NC

    Weren't Republicans elected thanks to the mantra that they were going to create jobs? What have THEY done so far? Not only created the present crisis, but they are doing nothing to solve it... maybe they should lose their job!

    May 6, 2011 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. EddieInRI

    Who is this guy? Oh... the one who replaced Steele? I forgot about them...

    May 6, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. Lost in Texas Forever

    the economy adding jobs and unemployment going down is NOT what these Republicans want to hear so of course they have to put a negative spin on it. What they fail to say is that they ran on a platform of creating jobs and thus far have done very little to do so. And the biggest laugh is that some want to take credit for when the job numbers go up saying it was due to them winning the House and of course those Bush tax cuts that had little effect the first 10 years are now kicking into high gear. Silly rabbits.!

    May 6, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I wonder how they would have reacted if this was going on under McCain who wouldn't have done any stimulus plan. The problem with the RNC is that they haven't provided another way to stimulate the economy. I haven't heard any business leader say that if taxes were cut that they would hire more people. Let me hear and see businesses do that.

    May 6, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  9. Sniffit

    Meh. What's new with these fools? I coud've written this in my sleep before the jobs report was even released: Noun verb gas noun presposition article adjective economy. How much are they paying the robots who write their talking points?

    May 6, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  10. David

    Republicans = never taking any "real" responsibility. For anything.

    May 6, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. carrotroot

    The uptick to 9% is not the entire story. We added 244,000 jobs last month the most in nearly 4 years. People who gave up looking for work are starting to look for work again. Overall this is good news.

    May 6, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  12. Bill

    Hey Sue, guess what? The uptick in the unemployment rate is actually viewed as positive by economists because it indicates that more and more people are actively looking for work. Which, in turn, means that confidence is returning to both the workforce and the economy at large.

    May 6, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    @ Sue...
    Drudgereport??? Ok that explains where you get your 'factual" statements. ROFLMAO!!

    May 6, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  14. David

    these guys dont care about Americas middle class and they still dont get it...they will vote to defund social programs and offer their rich buddies tax breaks...under the Republicans America will quickly become a third world nation because if you do some research you will find that 85% of the third world countries werent always poor, but when a group of the elite and rich feel like they are entitled to the larger share of the national wealth it always 99% of the time results in eventual third word status for such countries! Thank God for the Democrats!!

    May 6, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  15. Former Republican, but never again!

    He ignors the 244,000 new jobs.

    May 6, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  16. David

    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.>>>>> .....answer this though how come Obama has created more jobs in a little over 2yrs than bush did in 8yrs??? and in case you are wondering this is a fact!!!

    May 6, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. GOP = Greed Over People

    Yo' Princess, JOBS is the whole reason the GOP was voted back into power in the House, remember?

    So, why are YOU complaining about President Obama, he authorized getting and killing OBL.

    What has the GOP done, oh yeah, voted to keep zygotes alive until they can be killed in an elective war started by the GOP.

    Seems your goals to add JOBS must be a long term view.

    My bad.

    May 6, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  18. Ancient Texan

    AEJ- Thought you might like to know-. Unemployment during the 8 years Bush was in office averaged 4.9%. That means not many people were out work and the DOW hit 14,000. Also Obama has raised the debt more in 2 1/2 years than Bush did in 8. You might think about that.

    May 6, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  19. Al-NY,NY

    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.
    -----------------------------------------------

    good try, but if the report had come in UNDER, you'd be screaming at how it's the Democrats' fault. How typical. Try to take credit when things look up and blame others when things go down. You WERE right about one thing....Republicans do create jobs. Too bad it's overseas

    May 6, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  20. ConservaFASCISTS -aka- Mammon

    Same worthless talking points. Drill baby, drill can't prevent another Spill baby, spill. And yet the President gave more permits to keep allowing drilling in the Gulf which I think is insane. Gas prices haven't gone down Mr. Priebus. Mr. Priebus, maybe you should purchase a Toyota Prius.

    May 6, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. kylefromohio

    @ Indiana Voter; Once again picking and choosing when Bush get credit; If you are right about Congress then that must also apply to the President in charge at the time thing changed. So with that logic the current Congress is doing what? and the President get what credit for what?

    May 6, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. Sue

    Hey Bill.....guess what??? The reason that they are now looking for work again, is because they have now exhausted all of their unemployment benefits!!! And, I cannot believe that anyone--even an Obama supporter--could actually believe that it is good news that the unemployment rate has gone up again.

    May 6, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  23. Seraphim0

    Sue: Minimum wage is over $8 an hour.

    Indiana Voter- and what bills has this Rebuplican congress fielded that have created jobs, precisely? It couldn't possibly be the things put into motion by the administration that have been seeing a steady increase in employment, could it? Of course not... because legislation is in effect IMMEDIATELY when a new congress votes on it. It doesn't take time ti implement at all.

    /eye roll

    May 6, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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