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. Out of Texas

    Republicans are a bunch lying hypocrites that promised job creation during their 2010 mid-term campaigns. And, since their election, they have spent the whole time spewing hateful rhetoric, lying to the people, disrespecting the president, obstructing progress, creating gridlock, causing down grading of U.S. credit rating, attacking women's rights, engaging in voter suppression tactics, dismantling workers' rights, laid off public workers, and giving tax cuts to the rich.

    September 2, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. Fair is Fair

    "I hope every last despicable GOPbagger and their cultist following die slow, excruciating deaths."
    I so love adult civil discourse.

    September 2, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. Randy

    Going back to the Obama playbook. I believe the Bush Tax Cuts created or saved 50,000,000 jobs. Prove me wrong.

    September 2, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. Scott

    You all crack me up, no matter what happens blame the Repubs. Its time you liberals wake up and quit seeing Obama thru Rose color glasses. He does not have a clue on how to run a country, Its not his fault that he is in over his head. You all Liberals are the ones tthat voted him in, you reap what you sow. I am not saying the repubs would have done any better. But to blame a person after two years out of office is just stupid. Oh I am not a Repub or Dem, I am an independent, and I will admit I fell for his lies and voted for him big mistake.

    September 2, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. Caron Speas

    DOUG: I have NEVER met a Republican willing to take responsibility. All I ever heard was Repbulicans blaming Clinton for everything for the entire eight years that Bush was in office. Now they are blaming this economy on Obama when we all know that the bubble popped on Bush's watch. We all also know that the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (three republicans) made it possible for the investment banks to enter the mortgage market. The rest is history. Securitized mortgages, bubble, pop, oh,no! NOW TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR IT, DOUG. I invite you to take responsibility.

    September 2, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  6. John N Florida

    "My FIRST job is to see that President Obama is not re-elected." – Mitch McConnell.
    And if they have to take the whole country down in the process, they're willing to do that to achieve their ends.
    The Republicans have not presented one SINGLE plan to get America back to work.
    As an employer, I can tell you that you can offer every tax break in the world; IF I don't see products leaving my store I will NOT be hiring people.

    September 2, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    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?
    Apparently you're a republican. Whetever happened to "Country First?" Practice what you preach!

    September 2, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. Jack V

    When is everyone going to realize that the House GOPers are not serious people?

    September 2, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. Mike, New England

    Excuse me but.....President Obama is attempting to get something going. I do feel he needs to be more aggressive and take a stronger stand. However, Republican leadership including House Speaker John Boehner and the Republican National Committee do not want to see him succeed. They didn't waste any time getting out of Washington after the Debt Ceiling fiasco. Were they on "vacation" or was it called "work release". Republican leadership it seems has one thing on their mind and it is not jobs for the American people. It appears they are not even thinking about the middle and lower class of Americans. What I hear from them is let the really wealthy stay really wealthy and leave the burden to the middle and lower class to make this country thrive. It is frustrating that President Obama does not get any respect from Republican based leadership.

    September 2, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  10. Randy

    On a different note. Why is it when Bush was president, and the Dems were in power in the house and senate, everyone blamed the POTUS. Now that Obama is pres and the repubs have only control of the house, the repubs are blamed. Figure it out folks we have all been fooled. We we are arging with each other about who does what, and who is to blame. The actual people making the decisions from either party can do what they want and just blame any failure on the other and we eat it up.

    September 2, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. truthman

    I'll react quickly, too...HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 2, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. M-AZ Independent

    Come 2012, the GOP will have no excuses. The GWB tax cuts were extended based on the November 2011 election promise of "Jobs, Jobs." Yet the GOP plan is not working. I do suspect that what the President has done thus far has contributed to at least an unchanged jobless figure, so I am not listening to these irritating GOP candidates who have proven time after time them will do and say anything to destroy President Obama. Plain and simple their hate towards him is very personal, and my vote against them in the upcoming years will be very personal as well.

    Obama/Biden 2012!!!
    (Obama will have my vote and campaign contributions).

    September 2, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. ObamaCares

    It sounds like Americans are fed up with the dang, good-for-nothing republicans. They aren't worth a warm bucket of spit.

    September 2, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. JOE

    Yes, it's unfortunate that the GOP promissed jobs on their midterm platform and did not deliver. But you have to blame the American people who fell for the lies and the propaganda and voted for the GOP and their teaparty. When you have an out of control child, you try to control that child and teach him or her right from wrong but you don't reward the child for bad behavior. But no matter what the GOP does, the weak, complacent and ignorant American people keep falling for their propaganda, fear mongering and lies and keep rewarding them with term after term. That has to stop here and now before this great country is destroyed.

    As I said before, when the Founding Fathers created our system of "Checks and Balances" and a Two Party system, the main objective here was not to have one Party prevent the other Party from moving the country forward but rather for both Parties to find common ground for the betterment of our Union. Yes, this country is a country of the wealthy but it is also a country of the middle class and the poor and we must find common ground so that every race, creed and socio-economic level is recognized. But unfortunately, the GOP and their teaparty sees otherwise. This type of behavior and governing must stop here and now, especially if our Union is to endure and thrive.

    Let me say that I'm fully confident that the GOP will not win the White House in 2012 because there's a big difference between a midterm election and a general election, especially when we are still drying out the cellar from the flooding the GOp has caused us. But I sure would like to see some sort of bi-partisan leadership for a change.

    September 2, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  15. Anthony

    Let's see. We had the debt ceiling crisis for the last few months, which provided uncertainty that Republicans say they don't like because it hurts job growth. We got a compromise deal that no one liked, including Wall Street, which promptly tanked after the details of the deal became known. We had a historical downgrade of our credit rating. All of this because Republicans had this bright idea that in order to prevent the United States from going bankrupt in the future, we should force the government to default right now, so that it cannot pay its bills right now. Gee, I wonder why there was no job growth in August.

    September 2, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. matty

    Obama is in bed with the GOP. He has NO SPINE! The GOP is flushing this country down the toilet for their rich buddies. Obama STAND UP for the USA-that's your job!

    September 2, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. bev

    Just glancing at that photo of Reince Priebus – I thought it was Saif Gadhafi pointing his finger at the camera....same difference, I suppose. Where's the jobs, GOP????

    September 2, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  18. Sniffit

    "For two years he had a filibuster proof majority in the House and Senate."

    And the GOP effectively made the Stimulus package smaller than it shoudl ahve been and almost half tax cuts instead of actual stimulus. Are you arguing that the Dems should ahve done the right thing and told the GOP to go hump a fire hydrant, made the Stimulus $2T and not included wasteful tax cuts in it as the GOP demanded?

    "Prior to that, Democrats owned the House and Senate, which helped to start the downward spiral leading to our current economic death roll."

    Fun with historical record: upon the Dems taking the majority in the House again, Barney Frank was almost immediately in 2007 proposing legislation to address the impending problems creating by the sub-prime mortgages and the obscene gambling games Wall Street had engaged in with them. Guess who blocked him.

    September 2, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. Jack

    This is, in spite of the fact that we have a Deomocratic President, a Republican economy. Our President gives these great, tough speeches and then let's the Republicans get what they want. He's powerless against them. He buckles under. He's trying to be too nice. This is not a nice world (Washington). The Republicans hate him behond logic. He needs to give it back to them. I don't blame the Republicans. I blame Obama for not standing up to them and doing as Harry Truman did "give them hell." Will Ameicans suffer if he gets tough? Sure. But we're already suffering. So what?

    September 2, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. Tony Z

    What happened to America? Are we so divided that we would rather destroy our country than build a strong nation? Do we no longer respect the Office of the President of the United States? Certain countries would love to put America in its place and the Republicans are handing them the keys. Both parties need to get back to finding bi-partisan solutions or stop collecting checks.

    September 2, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. LegendRx

    America Stand by your president, We the people must continue to lift our president up because his success is our success. Obama 2012. Period. The Republican leadership are now enemies of the state and we the american people are charging the republican leadership with high treason. You will be removed in 2012. Period.

    September 2, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. BD70

    I have been watching this whole debacle. What I see is the Republicans bound and determined to take back everything. I say let them have it. I am sick of the BS coming from their mouths. Like someone else said...they own it....make it work for EVERYONE. Not just the rich. I will say if the republicans do win back washington then this country is doomed to foul water, bad economy, polluted air, polluted rivers and still NO JOBS. A strict diet of conservatives makes me ill at the thought.

    September 2, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  23. Sniffit

    "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,"

    "doug" wins today's Godwin Award. Kudos doug...especially for not recognizing the difference between socialism and fascism or the fact that it's the GOP that has started actually resurrecting behavior from the 1930's....just pick up a book and look it of the very first things they did was outlaw and destroy the labor unions and organizations, and who can forget the use of race-phobia demagoguery to generate the fear, anger and paranoia necessary to have people nodding their heads and justifying the attenuation of others' rights, blindly forgetting that they might be next?

    September 2, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  24. TheTraveler

    Priebus is just a Repuglican mouth that is told when to talk and what to say. You'd never even hear from the guy, he's such a minor player otherwise ...

    September 2, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  25. truthman

    Job hiring screeches to a halt...after it hits the ravine at the bottom of the cliff, it sounds a little more like a "boom-bang-boom" than a "screech."

    September 2, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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