It's the economy, again
June 3rd, 2011
03:44 PM ET
7 years ago

It's the economy, again

(CNN) – Republican presidential hopefuls placed the blame for Friday's disappointing jobs report for May squarely on President Barack Obama and his administration's economic policies.

The government reported Friday that the economy gained 54,000 jobs in May, far less than the predicted 170,000 gain. The nation's unemployment rate also worsened to 9.1 percent from 9 percent in April.

"President Obama's policies made the recession worse and as a result more people are out of work," former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who formally announced his candidacy for president Thursday, said in a statement.

"These unemployment numbers should not be viewed as just statistics – these are real families facing significant economic peril because President Obama has failed to pull us out of this economic downturn. Americans deserve a president who will make job creation his number one priority," Romney said.

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty also called out Obama by name, saying in a statement, "Today's underwhelming job numbers report demonstrates President Obama's failure to address the tough challenges we face as a nation. We need a leader to stand up and make the difficult choices essential to spur economic growth and create new jobs."

Former Godfathers Pizza CEO Herman Cain also took aim at the Obama administration.

"While this administration promised job creation and an unemployment rate under 8 percent with the passage of the stimulus spending packages, based upon today's unemployment report, the unemployment rate still hovers around 9 percent. We have yet to see the positive results from the billions of taxpayer dollars spent in that process," Cain said in a statement.

Another likely 2012 contender, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, issued a similar statement lambasting Obama's stimulus programs.

"Rather than empowering people and the free market to drive our economy, President Obama has instead decided to focus on the heavy hand of government," Santorum said. "As history has shown, government intervention and infusion may spur minimal short-term growth, but over the long haul those policies do nothing but explode our deficit and take freedom away from the American people."

Only former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who is expected to announce his intentions to run for president soon, stopped short of naming Obama, issuing a statement that instead focused on his tenor as governor.

"Today's report showing a rising unemployment rate and staggeringly little job creation further demonstrates that this country is in need of policies that will actually grow jobs. As governor of Utah – while our country faded into recession – we created an environment that brought jobs to the state without resorting to out of control spending and debt. It is time for America to do the same, putting an end to the suffering of millions of Americans who are struggling to find economic opportunity," Huntsman said in a statement.

- On Monday, June 13, CNN will host the first New Hampshire Republican Presidential Debate, live from Manchester, NH at 8 p.m. ET. Follow all the issues and campaign news leading up to the debate on and @cnnpolitics on Twitter.

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  1. diridi

    jobs, jobs, and jobs. Energy efficiency and energy independence., strong dollar, strong dollar, and strong dollar....o.k, Made in America, Made in America and Made in America....i.e, manufacturing....

    June 3, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. obama victim

    C ya Barry

    June 3, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. Don

    Joe Biden, April 2010:

    "Some time in the next couple of months we're going to be creating between 250,000 jobs a month and 500,000 jobs a month," Biden said at a fundraiser in Pittsburgh. ...

    The administration's own forecast projects that the labor market will add about 100,000 jobs a month for the rest of the year [2010], then around 200,000 jobs a month next year [2011], and 250,000 jobs a month in 2012. ... "

    May's results, only 57,000 jobs. Say it ain't so Joe!

    June 3, 2011 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Not a word from those nutjobs when 750,000 jobs per month were LOST under the Shrub.

    They should be ashamed. They are bearing false witness.

    June 3, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Republican presidential hopefuls placed the blame for Friday's disappointing jobs report for May squarely on President Barack Obama and his administration's economic policies.
    Gee, last month had one of the best reports in years and the Republicans claimed credit for it. What a flip-flop! If Republican voters buy into that, which they will of course, then they must be pretty gullible.

    June 3, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  6. gt

    the economy is now , and will be in 2011.. people who dont have jobs are a little angry and wont vote for who is in office dont matter dems or repubs...some one will pay the price.. no matter who they blame for the mess..

    June 3, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  7. Hot Dog

    Why didn't these people speak up when jobs were being out sourced by these major coporations to foreign countries under the Bush administration. President Obama inherited a mess. George W. Bush left this country in ecnomic shambles and it is going to take more than four years to right the ship. There is no use in kidding our selves about this issue. The Republicans do not have serve the best interest of this country.

    June 3, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    The primary focus of the 2012 presidential election should be about jobs, economy, and deficits but the GOP/Tea Party message will take a detour towards social issues like abortion because of pressure from ultra-conservative wingnuts in the party.

    June 3, 2011 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. diridi

    If you have guts, you boycott Made in China....products....good luck....only way to fight back with these GOP bastards that shipped jobs....for greed, greed, and greed.....o.k,

    June 3, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Bill from GA

    Note how the repug president-wanna-bees ignore the last election, where idiot voters gave MORE POWER to lying repugs. But, obviously, no responsibility to actually follow through on their promises of MORE JOBS.

    repug solution #1: Blame Obama
    repug solution #2: Cuttt Taxes

    BTW, 54,000 jobs per month GAINED beats hell out 750,000 jobs LOST per month under w.

    June 3, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Four and The Door

    We have yet to see the positive results from the billions of taxpayer dollars spent in that process," Cain said in a statement.
    I respectfully disagree with Mr. Cain. The greatest benefit from the $850 billion stimulus bill is that Republicans are now a majority in the House. This will save America at least $100 billion, just this year! Those are positive results.

    June 3, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. Greg in Arkansas

    THE JOBS THE GOP ALWAYS TALKS ABOUT are on the back burner while The Republican-controlled House of Representatives issues a rebuke of President Barack Obama's Libya policy.....
    Next up, gay marriage, abortion, re-repeal of health care......or anything else of NO substance whlie pandering to the far, far, far right.

    June 3, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. Mason

    Obama has been a economic disaster. This is the slowest economic recovery in recorded history. Rome is burning and the Narcissist and Chief is campaigning.

    June 3, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. John

    That right Blame President Obama ,that all you Republican do. Everything that happen Is his Fault. Well you Republican are full of Crap. You are the One that got America In this mess In the First Place. The first two years President Obama was In Office all you Republican say for two years Is NO. Than It was You Republican that ran In 2010 on that you would get JOBS, But you haven't even try. You did give the Rich more tax cuts again for two more years and you till want to make them longer. They haven't work for Six Years and they are NOT GOING TO WORK. Giving them the tax cuts doesn't make more Jobs. It just make them Richer. Just reminder It was the Republican that ran In 2010 and got control of the House on they were going to get Jobs. So for you Idiot out there How Is It working for you . WERE ARE THE JOBS THE REPUBLICAN PROMISE, There Is NONE. SO DON'T Blame President Obama. If the Republican would work with President Obama ,than they are to try and make him a 1 term President. You Know the Government may have gotten something Done. You want to Blame someone than Blame the Republican for NOT DOING THE JOBS THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE PAYING THEM FOR.

    June 3, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. Bill from GA

    Rick Santorum, issued a statement lambasting Obama's stimulus programs. If he looks at the graphs of job growth from that time, or GDP growth, or the stock market gains from that time, he might notice a direct correlation between the time the stimulus money began to hit the economy and when it began to ebb.

    If American voters had not taken control of the government from the dems with the loss of Super Majority status in the Senate, we would be booming by now.

    Giving a majority in the House to repugs was near suicide for America; the results are in.

    June 3, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  16. Four and The Door

    GI Joe
    Not a word from those nutjobs when 750,000 jobs per month were LOST under the Shrub.
    ...because GWB did not borrow $850 billion with promises to create 4 million jobs. We now have the debt on the books. Where are the jobs?

    June 3, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    We have yet to see the positive results from the billions of taxpayer dollars spent in that process," Cain said in a statement.
    Open your eyes, Mr. Cain. Postive job numbers, instead of negative 700,00. The new car you rode in to the conference today was American built by GM. What? It wasn't? You rode in an imported SUV? That's most partiotic, Mr. Cain.

    BTW, I know that you are nuts. You have never held any elected office, at any level, at anytime, ever in your life; and you have this idea in your head that you can be elected POTUS because of what? I WAS A CEO!. That's what I call nuts.

    June 3, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. Steve/Oklahoma

    Republicans are good at criticism, but none have said what they would have done different. Come on, if you want my vote you better have solutions I can believe in. Trash the president only goes so far with me. By the way, wasn't the republican controled house supposed to be focused like a laser on jobs? What happened. Could it be things are just like the Economists are saying? It's going to take years to get out of this mess.

    June 3, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door wrote:
    ...because GWB did not borrow $850 billion with promises to create 4 million jobs. We now have the debt on the books. Where are the jobs?
    No one made that promise. 4 million jobs is moer than twice as many jobs than what GWB created in 8 years. And you should check what the stock market was then compared to now. It has gone from well under 7000 to well over 12,000. Taa-Daa.

    June 3, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  20. NVa Native

    Hey "four and I'm an idiot" – why did the Repubs remain the minority in the Senate if they were so strong in 2010? – because they ran with the tea-pends clowns (like you).
    Why will they be back in the minority in Congress in 2012? Because they are just as fake, weak, and self-serving as their faux news channel. Repubs ran on "elect us and we will fix everything". Repubs made it worse by ignoring our economy while undermining our recovery along with their radical social engineering.
    Now everybody knows it and there is nowhere for these lizards (like you) to hide.

    June 3, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  21. CCHUCK

    When the GOP lead us into this mess, they had no regrets. Now, they think they can lead us out of their mess. It seems to me IF they take the lead, it will be BUSINESS AS USUAL. There is no quick solution.

    June 3, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. Four and The Door

    NVa Native
    Repubs made it worse by ignoring our economy while undermining our recovery along with their radical social engineering.
    I am proud of the results we have seen from the Republican run House. Look at the drastic cut in the Federal Budget for 2011. Pelosi would have let Obama spend $100 billion more. Look at the difference in how our nation's debt ceiling is raised. It is not automatic now. The Federal Government will not just jump up to the next ceiling so easily. They will have to change the way they think. Speaker Boehner is delivering what we asked for.

    June 3, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. gandoman

    1. President Obama has the class to not continue to put the blame for the slow economic recovery on the narrow cowardly shoulders of George '3 below plant life' Bush.
    2. Cleaning up the American economy is as difficult as cleaning up after the tsunami in the Land of the Whale Eaters.
    3. The stimulis package has already seen the government paid back with a small profit from some of the automakers for example. When is the last time the government ever got paid back anything by anyone?
    4. The economy has many parts, with HEALTHCARE being one of them. If the republican NAZI party did not spend so much time professing to do God's work, the average American might actually benefit.
    5. For 8 years this country had ZOOLANDER as our President, & just as if Bush had engaged in a gasoline fight, getting us involved in two wars did permanent damage to America's future.
    Since 1776, many Americans did not agree with or even like the people nominated by their respective partys choice for President & their have been some disasterous results. However, I can only think of '1' President who lowered the bar in terms of what the American looked up to.
    The President was always someone of intelligence, someone with courage, someone able to make a statement such as "The Buck Stops Here."
    George '3 below plant life' Bush made every citizen in this country (including some illegal aliens) think that they could be President; after having failed at every business venture you ever attempted; after having proved your cowardice by having family connections keep you out of danger while serving in the National Guard; having been a former alcolholic who lost too many brain cells; & be a badly spoken, almost illiterate who used family money to get through an Ivy League school; because a group of wealthy individuals & the Catholic Church saw you as being the greatest "PUPPET" ever elected to public office.
    How pathetic that the GOP is still incapable of finding one decent, honest, caring individual to represent them in an election.
    The people of the United States need to stop putting blame on our Commander in Chief & start recognizing the impossible job he took on & the hard work he is putting forth to help us all.
    WAKE UP AMERICA & stop whining about the mess that 8 years of the Anti-CHrist delivered to us.

    June 3, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. A Real American

    I love all the folks saying that dems have run the legislature for the last 4 years. What they fail to mention is that most of those dems are conservative. The problem is not that liberal ideas have failed. The problem is that they have not even been tried. Remember the "public option", for example? Just keep watering down any real reform to get the blue dogs on board and this is what you get. Dem vs. rep is a false dichotomy when the majority of both and the president are corporatists.

    June 3, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  25. Bill from GA

    Santorum wants the free market to drive our economy, since the heavy hand of government will explode our deficit.

    Unrestrained free market economy led to financial masters selling junk mortgages until our economy was on the brink of collapse.

    Our huge deficit is the result of tax cuts before spending cuts; actually along with spending increases. ( Thanks, w! )

    Taxes now are around 14.8 % of GDP; since WW2 they averaged around 18.5%. The last time we balanced the budget, rates were around 20%. You don't get a Bentley for the price of a Kia; you don't get a GREAT COUNTRY for the taxes we now take in.

    I guess repugs don't think living in the USA is worth much.

    June 3, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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