(CNN)–Contenders in the 2012 GOP presidential field reacted late Thursday to President Obama's joint congressional speech on jobs.
See reactions after the jump
Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann
“Unfortunately it seems that every time the president of the United States speaks his policies have cost the American people both jobs and future prosperity. Tonight the president, under the veil of one of the most sacred deliberative forums, a joint session of congress, delivered yet one more political speech where he doubled down on more of the same policies that are killing the United States economy. Mr. President, what among your proposals was new?”
Texas Gov. Rick Perry
“President Obama’s call for nearly a half-trillion dollars in more government stimulus when America has more than $14 trillion in debt is guided by his mistaken belief that we can spend our way to prosperity.
“Like the president’s earlier $800 billion stimulus program, this proposal offers little hope for millions of Americans who have lost jobs on his watch, and taxpayers who are rightly concerned that their children will inherit a mountain of debt.
“America needs jobs, smaller government, less spending and a president with the courage to offer more than yet another speech.”
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman
"The American people are tired of President Obama’s empty rhetoric and failed policies; they're desperately searching for leadership and, above all, results. Tonight's list of regurgitated half-measures demonstrates that President Obama fundamentally doesn't understand how to turn our economy around.
"Rather than tinker with a broken and outdated tax system, I propose bold reform which eliminates loopholes, special interest carve-outs and subsidies, while lowering rates across the board to make our tax code flatter, fairer, simpler and more conducive to growth."
"President Obama has failed. It's time for America to compete again. We did it in Utah and we can do it for America."
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney launches new website
"I’m a conservative businessman. And that is what America needs if we’re going to get our economy going. I put out a booklet which describes the things I’d do to get this economy going again. There are 59 different steps that have to be taken. And President Obama, there’s no way he could do something like that because he just doesn’t understand it.”
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum
"Many say the President is a failure, but I disagree – he'd have to improve a whole lot to even be considered a failure. The President's speech tonight was more of the same failed policies and empty rhetoric that got him elected and got us in this mess. Sadly, the President seems to have forgotten his own charge that our country should come before party or his own even re-election.
Instead President Obama kicked off his campaign for reelection in the most disingenuous way possible – by using the Congress as a his political toy. His failed plan to spend over $400 billion more that we do not have, create further tax instability for workers and employers alike, and use federal tax dollars to prop up government is only made worse by the political theater we saw tonight.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
"The president just got some of his facts wrong tonight."
"All the ideas that didn't work with 800 billion dollars he now wants to try to get it to work with 400 billion. He has zero pay-fors. He's got to quit being a candidate, and actually be president for awhile.”