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. Martha in CF

    Hey Republicans--where is your jobs promised the American people from the 2010 election? We haven't heard anything come from your mouths on jobs or anything else for that matter!!!!!!!!! You make me sick with your finger pointing and complaining. Get back to work and get something done!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope you are all voted out in 2012............

    Obama/Biden 2012

    September 2, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  2. gt

    obama has done absolutley nothing to create jobs....some body needs to help this man... it just keeps getting worse...

    September 2, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  3. Shane Botwin

    But I thought the Republicans said if we maintain the Bush tax cuts for the 'job creators', then the 'job creators' would create jobs? When will these hypocrites admit that 1.) they created this mess, and 2.) trickle down economics don't work.

    September 2, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. David in Houston

    As if the GOP & thier corporate counterparts weren't directly responsible for these dismal numbers! I think it is high time we give credit where credit is due!

    Where the hell are all of the "jobs"?

    Isn't that the platform the tea (Koch) party ran on last election? Oh yeah, just more lip-service from the right...

    September 2, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  5. Name king

    It's amazing how these repugs keep sabotaging this fragile economy, with their austerity measures. Their war on consumer confidence and government jobs is way above the precedence. Repugs don't realize that our economy is 75 percent consumer spending, and the trend shows the poorer people are the more they spend to build the economy. All these cutting folks spending money have them start preparing for them to start living sighing their means and stop spending, killing demand and have local businesses seeing less and less consumers coming through their doors. The relentless war on government workers are also real bad. Although for 21 months straight the economy have seen private bobs growth, repug governors are cutting jobs left and right. Since our businesses rely on private sector and government sector consumers. The problem is small businesses are only seeing private sector consumers coming through their doors and they are dwindling, because private sector goes up and down with the stock market. The government sector consumers might not have as much money but their jobs use to be stable, this was the most reliable customers businesses had to boast their businesses and hire folks. Now that sector are evaporating with the repug austerity wars they're waging on government to be smaller.

    September 2, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. AlaskaPalin

    Well beohner put the colored boy in his place. The boy or his advisers make him look spineless or it might be a strategy. Go to the national mall call out the jobless and those in congress who support jobs and present the plan to the nation on the day you chose. Show some testecullar fortitude. Its politics, beohner is right, jobs can wait.

    September 2, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. txtru

    I am still waiting for a jobs plan from the HOUSE- They said they were going to create jobs when they took over the House and all i have seen is things that are either ideological or not helpful to get economy moving. When CEOs make more money than the whole corporation pays in US taxes- we have a problem- big time. Want a jobs plan- tax the heck out of all companies who outsource jobs overseas there is not an unemployment problem – there is a US unemployment problem- because of outsourced jobs by Us companies.
    The big companies who benefit from out defense spending (to protect their assets and ability to do business) are not paying for the protection.

    September 2, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  8. Tired of the nonsense

    The economic mess we're in is the result of GOP mismanagement and power-grabbing tactics.

    First thing let's do, let's fire all the GOP.

    September 2, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. boo

    yeah, the American people are still asking, "where are the jobs?" – Once the repubs took over the House last Fall, tell me what they've done to create jobs? they spewed all their BS to get into office by touting they were going to focus on creating jobs, BLAH BLAH BLAH. what have they done in reality? Not a damn thing! Oh, and you want to deliver a cheap shot to the Pres for going on a tiny vacation?? WTF? THE ENTIRE CONGRESS HAS BEEN ON A MONTH-LONG VACATION and when GW was in office, he spent more time ON HIS STUPID RANCH IN TEXAS than he did in the White House. His eight disastrous years were spent mostly on vacation!!!!! All you need to see is this guy's name "Reince Priebus" to know he's a douche bag, before he even says anything

    September 2, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. Faustus

    I would like to explain something to the children in the crowd. The stock market was affected by the debt ceiling debacle, but the economy itself was not. Even if the there wasn't a stand off over the debt ceiling, there would still be poor job numbers, poor manufacturing numbers, and poor house sale numbers. I know a lot of people believe the government is this magically entity that can control economy. Unfortunately, all it can do is control the flow of money with taxes and interest rates. With that being said, Republicans can not blame Obama, and Democrats can not blame Congress if we fall into another recession.

    September 2, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  11. AlaskaPalin

    Well beohner put the colored boy in his place. The boy or his advisers make him look spineless or it might be a strategy. Go to the national mall call out the jobless and those in congress who support jobs and present the plan to the nation on the day you chose. Show some testecullar fortitude. It's politics, beohner is right, jobs can wait.

    September 2, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  12. AlaskaPalin

    Well beohner puts the colored boy in his place. The boy or his advisers make him look spineless or it might be a strategy. Go to the national mall call out the jobless and those in congress who support jobs and present the plan to the nation on the day you chose. Show some testecullar fortitude. It's politics, beohner is right, jobs can wait.

    September 2, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  13. FactCheck

    Ohio, so the democrats have been in control since 2006 in congress.

    You mean back when Bush vetoed every single bill that was drafted by the Democrats? Or did you just happen to leave that fact out??

    September 2, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  14. Real Patriot

    Excuse me....where was Congress-Oh that's right-John Boner called a recess so they could all go on vacation--

    Pot? Kettle calling....

    This is pathetic-instead of participating in a solution the Republicans are doing every thing they can to stop possible legislation that might have a positive effect on the economy and then doing victory dances around the campfire when more Americans are hurting due to their obstruction.

    A new low for Republicans-as if there was any further to go. Where are the Conservative Statesmen-all we have now are charlatans and side show barkers.

    September 2, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |

    The GOP ran on JOBS in 2010.....they have failed......The jobs report, is a direct result of the debt debate to raise the debt ceiling......The brinksmanship completely scared business. Way to go pro business conservatives.

    September 2, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  16. loxsley

    Come On Republicans . " Me Thinks You Protest To Much " , but I am enjoying it . Now if just one Candidate will create a Third Party, then President Obama is assured a Victory and the Economy will begin to heal itself. Tea Party runs out of bags and Evangelical Christians begin reading the New Testament and comprehending it. Hmmm , did I just throw a stone ?

    September 2, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  17. doug

    "I am so sick of the Republicans I could just throw up."

    Oh no can't have that, then you would need to go back to and regurgitate the lib talking points once again. I can't imagine that ingesting a steady diet of hate, lies, distortions, and desire to harm those who don't think like you tastes very good, but I wouldn't know, I'm not a Democrat, I have the ability to take responsibility for my actions, feel remorse, don't think that the truth and facts are hate crimes, and I don't want to see harm inflicted upon my fellow American because they don't agree with my ideology. For everyone like me the Republican party is the only place we have right now. Gay marriage and decriminalization of victimless crimes would be nice, but I will never get on board with wanting to hurt people and punish them just for their views and beliefs, which is a staple of the Democrat party and every single Democrat voter.

    September 2, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  18. Fed Up with this Greed Over People Party

    All these Rethugs know is to make conditions worse for the president to do his job then turn around and blame it on him. In these trying times when the populace is looking for some leadership and direction all we are getting is political drama from GOP.
    The debt ceiling increase was needed to pay for the debt created due to wars started by the greed over people party. They created all that drama and sold us the spending conversative BS. All the while scaring the markets.

    Economic growth cannot be accomplished by cutting taxes and cutting spending with no revenue increases while we have debts to pay. We badly need a balance of both cutting with revenue increases.

    The Greed Over People party has hijacked the congress and holding the entire America Hostage.

    Remember America come NOV 2012 please take back our country from these Idoits. They convince us to elect them but they are not working for us.

    September 2, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  19. witchiepoo

    the republicans ran on a JOBS TICKET in 2010 and as soon as their tea scum were in office all they did was bash the Persident. They have not a leg to stand on. I am SOOO tired of their little girl crying and pantie wetting. GROW UP conservatives!!! DO what you PROMISED!!!! WHERE ARE THE JOBS YOU PROMISED CONSERVATIVE LIARS??????

    September 2, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  20. sammieb51

    They should be dancing on the tables .... this is what they want. To create so much insecurity in the "homeland" that employers AND consumers freeze everything up because Washington can't get the job done, gridlock .....

    Where are those JOBS THE GOP RANS ON IN 2010??

    September 2, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  21. Obama 2012

    Hey Republicans....where are the job creators???? Remember the rich folks.

    September 2, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  22. doug

    "If I remember correctly republican party won the last election for congress. Somebody please tell me what they have been doing for this job problem. I never heard anything constructive from them other then complaining and resisting anything this president does. Btw, I am independent."

    Actually you are a partisan liar who did a 180 of your views from when Bush was pres and the Democrats controlled congress. Since you are a liar, there is also no doubt that you are a Democrat, the party that has a monopoly on lies, distortions, and partisan hateful double standards.

    September 2, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  23. Mike in Texs

    Sorry doesn't take any intestinal fortitude to slam jobs. Show some guts and come up with a plan that doesn't include eliminating capital gains taxes (which by the way would only spur more investing and no hiring). The sad thing is there enough Americans out there who will vote Republicans in 2012 because they are too stupid or lazy to actually research.

    Also, anyone who thinks our economy was going to be all rosy in less than 3 years was living in a fantasy world.

    September 2, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  24. Bill

    Put wheres the presidents number for saved jobs. Wasn't he using that line before. Isn't there a golf course he needs to hit today.

    September 2, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  25. Anonymous

    and lowering corporate taxes will help how? Oh that’s right, adds to the corporate coffers which allows more money to go to the upper level management and the lobbyists. Again corporations will not have an incentive to hire in the US. They have been hiring outside for mostly one reason, labor costs. That will not change. So don’t give me any crap about it will entice then to hire more. If they do it’ll be overseas period. Case in point, I saw on the news last night that the price of oil barrels is 20% lower than today. But the price as the pump basically has not changed. In case it isn’t obvious, that means the oil companies are profiting even more. Do you see them hiring more?

    September 2, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
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