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. Mike in Texs

    I hope Obama's plan is bold. Put the pressure on the House to come up with something. This congress has been one of the most inept in history. Where are the job bills the Republicans ran on? Repeal this, repeal that, cut funding to NPR and Plan Parenthood. Constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Yeah.....such pressing needs. I do fault Obama though for not tackling the economy from the get go; however the Republicans have done nothing but obstruct. The pathetic thing is they took credit for the 200k job growth earlier this year but then shifted blame to Obama when future months numbers weren't as good.

    September 2, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. John K.

    The vitriol that is being spewed by Liberals/Democrats is breathtaking. It is indicative of the absolute panic that has set in upon the realization that Obama is leading the Democrats (and the country) off a cliff.
    Want to change things immediately? Try this:

    Repeal Obamacare
    Repeal Dood-Frank
    Allow repatriation of corporate profits that are earned overseas

    This will have an immediate, positive impact on the business confidence. Sadly, Obama will not do any of these things.

    September 2, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. doug

    Those unemployeed who want to work, which then excludes every single Democrat, know that Obama needs to lose his job before they are going to be able to get one.

    It amazes me how respectful Cantor, Boehner, and the rest of the Republicans have been to this typical cronie thug product of the Chicago Democrat machine (watch lib lib reaction to this fact would only work if Emanual, Daily, Blago and the rest were all African Americans-u duh raaaaysuhsissst). They know he and the rest of such Democrats would love to do to every Republican in America, just like their National Socialist cousins in Germany did circa 1938, yet they treat him with a respect and decency that not a single Democrat in America is capable of understanding much less practicing.

    September 2, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. Caron Speas

    Well, now. The GOP got its way when Obama agreed to extend the Bush taxes cuts which have been in place now for years and the promise of which was "more jobs" because its helps the "job creators." Well, where are the JOBS, Republicans, where are your stinking jobs? Screw tax cuts for the rich!!!!!!

    September 2, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. terry,va

    How do you get zero net jobs? The answer is ....you can't. When the real number comes out next month, the number will be at least a 25,000 job loss. The revised numbers for the previous 2 months came out and there was an additional 56,000 job lose. Obummie is doing everything he can to lye about the numbers. The real number of unemployment is 18% not 9%. The unemployment among black is 17%, with the REAL number closer to 30%. The inner city unemployment among blacks is 40%. I wonder what the REAL number is. I can't image why the blacks would vote for Obummie? Can you? I can't image why anyone would vote for Obummie!!!!!!!!!

    September 2, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  6. KO

    The GOP has no interest in job growth. How many jobs bills have been introduced by the GOP since they took over? None. They are only intersted in playing political games and doing everything they can to sink the President–if they sink the country and the economy along with that, too bad I guess.

    September 2, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  7. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    America needs to wake up and smell the coffee and stop drinking the tea. The GOP it's PARTY FIRST....their ideology FIRST...country somewhere down the line until they get back in power.....IF they do.

    September 2, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  8. Martha in CF

    I think the TAN MAN, the Speaker of the House, got in quite a few golf games himself. The Redumblicans couldn't even face their constiuents at their town hall meetings. Had to have questions preapproved before asking-wow.....
    Republicans, please think of someone besides yourself and get something, something done for America- The simple solution is voting these Redumblicans out in 2012.................................

    September 2, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. NES5000B

    Unbelievable! The GOP/TP's ran on a job creation platform in 2010. WHERE ARE THE JOBS GOP? Grasping at straws. Unfortunately, there are enough stupid people in this country to buy what they are selling instead of looking at the facts. How sad for America. But then public schools stopped teaching analytical/crital thinking decades ago. We have a group of people that just listens to propagandized sound bites.......you know, the low information people (LIPs)....

    September 2, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. CW

    It looks as most everyone here has forgotten that at one point Obozo had a democratic house and senate. Perhaps if he pushed his so called job plan then instead of pushing his social agenda he would be better off. "It's the economy STUPID!

    September 2, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. Caron Speas

    What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a GOP member, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits or who failed to create jobs. The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it. The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes.

    September 2, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. Terry TX

    These GOP pieces of garbage have the gall to blame Obama after running on jobs creation in 2010. For all of you who plan to vote GOP, you get what you deserve. Sadly, you also drag the rest of us into their nightmare. How are those tax breaks for the wealthy working for us. Stop the extension NOW or demand they put their money where their big fat mouths are and create jobs. Reward those companies that are creating jobs by allowing a break, but put all the others back to paying their fair share. ENOUGH!

    September 2, 2011 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  13. Emmy Skaddittle

    It is not in the republicans best interest to get people back to work, lower unemployment numbers make Obama look better.

    September 2, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  14. doug

    I think it is time for every Republican to treat Obama just as the Democrats treated Bush. Just kidding, not like it is even possible any way, not a single Republican in all of America could ever be even 1/1,000,000,00th as hateful as the average hate filled fact challenged Democrat.

    September 2, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. Repugnants

    Republicans now aren't complaining about taxes being to high, now its the "threat of tax increases" as the reason corporations aren't hiring. It's laughable, when will it end? These jobs are not coming back as a certain percentage of our society can only participate in manufacturing and those jobs have been outsourced globally.

    September 2, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. TrueIndependent

    To those people who are making exuses for the President, you look pathetic. For two years he had a filibuster proof majority in the House and Senate. Prior to that, Democrats owned the House and Senate, which helped to start the downward spiral leading to our current economic death roll. Sure, the Bush wars didn’t help, but don't forget that Dems supported both wars. The irresponsible domestic spending, growth of Goverment and regulations, the Dem led Fed mortgage policy, making affordable housing to people who had no business owning a home, has only exacerbated the problem. Now you have the Executive branch and the Senate and you are still making excuses?! Face facts, he made HUGE promises that he couldn’t live up to because he lacks leadership. What did you expect from someone who has never worked in the private sector? I run a small business and I would NEVER hire anyone without business experience to run my company for the very reason we find ourselves in. I will say in closing that the old establishment of Repubs suck too, but at least take a look at the reformers from both parties, because these are the ones that our real hope and change will come from.

    September 2, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Where is the TEApublican jobs plan Priebus??? Ya'll wanted to take credit for the job growth a couple of months ago, so you should take blame for this stint in growth.

    September 2, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. CoJo

    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 today the price of oil barrels is 20% lower than in 2009. 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?

    by the way Reagan lowered taxes and unemployment went up. Republican cause and effect.

    September 2, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  19. Gary, Hunt Valley, Md.

    The Republicans are popping the champagne over this relentless economic downturn. What is their plan? MORE tax cuts for the wealthiest citizens and corporations, LESS government regulation, and MASSIVE CUTS in federal government spending that most benefits the poor and middle class that are getting clobbered the worst by this recession. The Republicans lit the fuse for this disaster in the first six years of the last decade, and their other plan is this: Obstruct and deny Obama and the Dems any type of legislative victory, then point fingers at the do-nothings and GRAB THE POWER back.

    September 2, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  20. TigerLily194

    Did I hear some one say Boehner went on vacation.. how dare he..........I bet he did not have to fight any disasters or world problems while he sat in the sun.

    September 2, 2011 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  21. Buster Bloodvessel

    If the GOP and FAUXnews would stop screaming "We're DOOOOOOMED!" for a minute, maybe we could get some consumer confidence going around here. Here's a clue: saying you're going to break the unions hasn't made you any working-class friends or created any new jobs, unless you count people making slogan t-shirts as job creation. GOP OUT in 2012.

    September 2, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  22. terry,va

    The answer to the question "where are the jobs" will be answered when Obummie is kicked to the curb in 2012. With the Repubs in charge of all branches of govt, the will repeal all of Obummi'e socialist job killing policies. People will have to work as the 3 years of unemployment will be cut back to a year, the food stamp program will be for those that can't work and not for the too sorry to work. In other words, we will get back to ask what you can do for your country and not what your country can do for me.

    September 2, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  23. New Age Independent

    I see a common theme in the posts from liberals. Even now they have given up on Obama and are looking for help from Republicans. They no longer talk about Democrats doing anything, but insist that Republicans are the problem. It seems that Obama in incapable at this point.

    September 2, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  24. Jack

    OK Obama–it's time to stop the compromising dance. The Republicans and Tea Party are not interested. They wouldn't even let you set, what is ussually a routine request–date to give one of the most important speeches of your presidency. Your mother would kick their butts. I'm miystified at why you keep trying to find compromise. You know what I wuld have done? I would have gone on TV, given the speech and blasted Congress for not letting you address them jointly. You've got to get some backbone, and not jsut in rhetoric. They're killing you at every turn. They've gotten you deluded in thinking they're reasonable and willing to meet you half way. From where I sit they are playing you like a puppet. If you get stubborn you may not accomplish much but you will not accomplish anything if you try to work with them. At least the people will follow you and you will get re-elected. Look to Churchill and Roosevelt and the other great leaders. They kicked butt. Be your mother's son. She was tough and, obviously, couldn't care less what people thought of her. BTW, today's NYTimes editorial nailed it - "Grow up" everyone.

    September 2, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  25. Peter s

    When the Democrats stop bending over to the republicans may be and may be that time they will be able to create jobs. Can someone tell us what happened to the bush tax cuts? The republicans argument was based on job creation by the job creators who got tax cuts to create jobs! the question is where are the jobs from the tax cuts? Pathetic!!!

    September 2, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
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