Republicans quickly react to August jobs numbers
September 2nd, 2011
08:51 AM ET
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Republicans quickly react to August jobs numbers

Washington (CNN) - Republican leadership including House Speaker John Boehner and the Republican National Committee were quick to respond to Friday's release of the August jobs report. And 2012 GOP presidential contenders weren't far behind.

Just minutes after the Labor Department reported that employers added no jobs last month and the unemployment rate remained at 9.1 percent, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus put out a statement saying, "Today's unemployment numbers are another painful reminder that America still awaits economic leadership from President Obama. He spent his summer fundraising and golfing, promising to lay out a jobs plan only after his Martha's Vineyard vacation-all while nearly 14 million Americans remained jobless."

CNN’s Briana Keilar and Bob Costantini chat on the White House lawn about weak employment numbers and look ahead to the president’s address to Congress. Plus, Norm Ornstein considers what Mr. Obama must get through to the American people, if not Congress.

Priebus also called on the president to change course when he gives a major address on jobs next Thursday in a speech before Congress.

"The president needs the courage to admit his regulatory regime is the biggest road block to job creation. America's job creators cannot hire workers while handcuffed by regulations, crushed by mandates and threatened with taxes. If the president refuses to change course, America's unemployed with be the victims of his failure," adds Priebus.

Boehner released a statement saying he looked forward to hearing the president's ideas on boosting job creation.

“Private-sector job growth continues to be undermined by the triple threat of higher taxes, more failed ‘stimulus’ spending, and excessive federal regulations," he said.

“President Obama is slated to address Congress next week and I look forward to hearing his ideas to bolster private-sector job creation. The American people are still asking, ‘Where are the jobs?’"

And Mitt Romney appeared to be the first Republican presidential candidate to react to the jobs numbers.

In a statement put out 15 minutes after the jobs report was released, the former Massachusetts governor, who's making his second bid for the White House, called the report "unacceptable" and said it's "further proof that President Obama has failed."

Minutes later, another GOP White House hopeful, Jon Huntsman, reacted.

"Two days after I offered a plan with serious solutions that would create jobs and get our economy going, we learn of yet another month with zero job growth," said the former Utah governor and former U.S. ambassador to China.

"There is no clearer sign that the President has failed and the theatrics around his far-too-late jobs speech demonstrate that he has no real plan to change course. In a country with 307 million people, zero job growth is unfathomable. It's time for America to compete again and it's time for a new president."

Huntsman spelled out his jobs plan Wednesday in a speech in New Hampshire. Late Thursday night, the Wall Street Journal, in an editorial, praised Huntsman's proposal. The Journal is very influential among fiscal conservatives.

Romney doesn't formally spell out his plan to create jobs until Tuesday in Nevada, two days before the president speaks about job creation in an address to Congress. But he gave a preview of his speech Friday morning, when he addressed the Republican National Hispanic Assembly in Tampa, Florida, saying, "I will make business taxes competitive with other nations, eliminate burdensome regulations and bureaucracy, and support America's workers instead of its union bosses."

About an hour after the release of the jobs report, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann put out a statement.

"Mr. President – we gave you $2.4 trillion in new spending and the American people got nothing in return. Today's jobs report showing that the economy created no jobs in the last month and unemployment at 9.1 percent is further evidence that President Obama's failed economic policies are not working and have completely stalled job growth," said the congresswoman, who is also running for the GOP presidential nomination.

Also criticizing the president was former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. The GOP White House candidate said, "This morning's jobs report is another sad sign that President Obama's economic policies would need to improve dramatically to even be described as incompetent."

Santorum released his jobs plan in July.

Businessman Herman Cain also decried the dismal report saying, "Sadly, the fact that zero jobs were created last month is only fitting for this administration, which is led by a President with zero leadership, zero plans, zero results and zero understanding of basic economics. And the American people are worse off because of it," in a statement.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the front-runner in the most recent national polls in the battle for the GOP nomination, put out a statement that touted job growth in his state.

"President Obama's job-killing polices continue to wreak havoc on the American economy. The poor national jobs picture stands in stark contrast to Texas' pro-jobs, limited government policies which helped make us the top job-producing state in the nation," said Perry.

"Our country cannot afford four more years of economic misery, and I will continue to travel the county talking about ways to get American working again."

Former House Speaker and current GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich weighed in on the jobs report in an e-mail sent to supporters.

"Stagnant economic growth is the inevitable result of President Obama's commitment to class warfare and bureaucratic socialism," Gingrich said.

"The president routinely demonizes successful Americans, arguing they need to be punished with higher taxes. Is it any wonder that entrepreneurs are hesitant to invest, create new wealth and jobs?"

Filed under: Economy • Jobs • John Boehner • Mitt Romney • RNC
soundoff (134 Responses)
  1. Steve, New York City

    Sure. . . and employers didn't get scared by monumentally Machievellian behavior of (most, but not all) House Repubilcans during the Debt Ceiling drama? Wow – Reince Priebus and others are shameless hypocrits.

    September 2, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  2. Texas Doc

    And the Republican jobs plan.....wait for cuts for the rich and destroying unions, oh and cutting jobs.

    September 2, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  3. pc

    bla,bla bla, the republican teabaggers are sounding like an old broken record. SICK OF HEARING IT!!!! another month while they were home on a 5 week vacation an NO jobs were created so there you go....pots calling the keddle black.president obama will be re-elrcted by default because the cure is worse than the desease. normal people are frightened by what is out there trying to claim leadership from an intelligent president.loons verses sanity, not much of a decision when you get down to it.

    September 2, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  4. Ohio Man

    Yep .. the sudden slow / stop in job growth didn't start until the Tea party got elected and 2010.. funny how no1 seems to want to metion that or see thats the problem .. you can't just have CUTS CUTS and think thats going to help improve on job / economy..

    September 2, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  5. Jaywing

    I want to thank the GOP for making this all happen. The fact is simple - the republicans, led by their noses by the teabagger crowd, screwed up the economy bigtime with their little stunt concerning the debt limit - scared investors, scared employers, scared taxpayers. No one is to blame but the GOP. And try as you will Priebus to lay blame elsewhere to satisfy your far right wing, your words ring hollow. Some Americans are stupid and some are slow, and you feed their empty or muddled heads with your lies, but the majority of Americans are way smarter than you give us credit for and come the next election cycle we will remove you and your kind from power so you can't mess with our futures again. Start the clock Preibus on getting your resume in order, 'cause you're going to need a new job, and thanks to you and your ilk, my guess is you;ll be standing in the unemployment for a very long time.

    September 2, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  6. bb

    Just confirms the fact that the Republicans have not lifted a finger to do anything to work for jobs creation in this country in years. Well, maybe they have...the middle finger towards the American people. Inexcusable GOP!!

    September 2, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  7. Billy Davis

    Of course Congress was on vacation for the and still is on vacation and claim there are anxious to hear the POTUS plan yet a debate to them is more important.Where's the GOP plan? We've been waiting for 10 months.

    September 2, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    The poor economy makes Obama the underdog in 2012, unless the GOP/Tea Party snatches defeat from the jaws of victory by nominating anyone other than Romney or Huntsman. An extreme social fiscal conservative candidate from the Tea Party wing will not be acceptable to many moderates or independents.

    September 2, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  9. Maine LIberal

    This is Obama's fault how :

    Employers fired as many workers as they hired in August, leaving the U.S. economy with a net of zero jobs gained for the month.

    September 2, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  10. John K.

    The unemployment rate for African-Americans is now at 16.7%.

    1 out of every 6 African-American workers are now unemployed.

    How is that "Hope and Change" thing working for you now?

    September 2, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  11. george

    Thanks Jaywing, this comment really made my day, some one should have the guts to tell the GOP thieves they are a huge part of the problem. Funny that they were on vacation the entire month of August and have the guts to blame the president. From one corner of their mouth they say hands off Government and the other corner they blame the the Government for not doing enough. 2012 can't get here soon enough.

    September 2, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  12. Dreamer96

    How many Republican Governors actually used the stimulus money of 2009, to create jobs, and how many used it to balance their state's budget? Texas sure used it's 6.4 billion to pay 97 precent of the Texas 2010-2011 budeget deficit of 6.6 billion....Then left 9.6 billion in the bank.....What happened in the other 49 states? The Republicans could have created jobs, but want a high unemployment rate going into the 2012 elections. They really want to make Obama a one term president, no matter what they do to the country. Where were their high flying rules on spending when Bush was in office?

    September 2, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  13. Dita

    Looks like those tax cuts for millionaire "job creators" aren't working. What a shock!

    September 2, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  14. Jay

    I'm a Democrat until death, but I'd like the Repubs to win both houses of Congress and the Presidency again with another idiot Texan. Last time this happened it ended very badly for most people. But it seems with the House going Repub in 2010 that stupid people still haven't learned their lesson. Maybe as they continue to get poorer while the rich get richer and another crisis comes and this great country comes close to the edge of disaster again, the FINALLY even stupid people will be able to realize that Republicans are not for the common man, rather for only the rich man. Then hopefully we'll win a supermajority again and it stays that way forever.

    September 2, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  15. carly

    Too bad the GOP clowns have no ideas on jobs and have not offered a single jobs bill. But they are good at criticizing. Of course they have selective amnesia when it comes to remembering who got us into this mess in the first place.

    September 2, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  16. Elaine

    Things won't change in this country until everybody in Washington and the business sector decide to act in good faith, and thus far, that has not happened..Maybe the president could have done some things differently; but quite frankly, I am tired of all of the Obama-bashing.I have seen quite a few presidencies, and I have never seen a time before when the president had crisis after crisis , non-stop, to deal with from the day he walked into the Oval Office.On top of all of that, the Republicans in congress take their marching orders from Rush Limbaugh ( an Obama-hater), and Grover Norquist, a radical, no-new-taxes -under -any- circumstances hawk, who has strong ties to the corporate world.They have all made a conscious, calculated decision to just say "NO" to whatever the president proposes to weaken and destroy him.It's despicable, and I am absolutely appalled.How does this country win under circumstances like that? There is plenty of blame to go around; and until Mr.. Priebus' party decides to do what is in the best interest of America, and not just the Republican party and big business, they have no honor, and zero credibility.

    September 2, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  17. Mr. Moderate

    And what is your plan? You have control of part of the government and yet you have sent nothing to the Senate for a vote that would change things. It is quite simple. You want to keep the economy like this. You don't care if you are hurting the country. You will do everything you can to keep the economy in the toilet to increase your chanced of taking back the White House. That is all you care about. It probably as close as you can get in this country to a coup.

    September 2, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  18. backasswards

    AHHHH Welcome to the twilight zone. De regulate??? Oh yes that will solve all our problems just like it did under do dooooooooooo do

    September 2, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  19. Common sense

    Ohio, so the democrats have been in control since 2006 in congress. But let me guess, it was bush's fault, right? You can't have it both ways. The democrats were the reason the economy originally failed because they failed to act on the housing bubble. Then they took over all branches of govt by blaming bush. Last time I checked, the senate hasn't passed the budget for many years. Another democrat controlled body trying to blame republicans.

    September 2, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  20. TM

    Name ONE "jobs" bill passed in the House (which they control) by the Republicans since 2010. Anyone?

    September 2, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  21. proudmemberofglobalzero

    I really do not know where these numbers come from. I read that it rates 3 payroll companies and gets numbers from them and unemployment compensation. I just want to company fired the payroll company....guess what...I am also a bookkeeper. I get the job done for a lot less than outsourcing to a payroll service. I don't know, I see plenty of jobs out there. My whole family is employed. Yes, my husband and I lost jobs the last 4 years but, we have them now. It is a shame that more people don't have faith in our President. His jobs plans, including ARRA saved thousands of public employees their jobs . We did not stop gaining jobs until 2010..WAKE UP AMERICA. Republicans cannot do anything.

    September 2, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  22. g

    the same poeple who gave the green light to sending good tax paying job overseas want to know where the jobs are- go to wal-mart and read the lables thats where the jobs are

    September 2, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  23. george

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    September 2, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  24. AntiFringe

    Have you ever seen scavengers "hunt"?

    September 2, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  25. AmericanSam

    Give 'em hell, Barack! This Tennessean's got your back!

    September 2, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
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