Congressional Republicans on Jobs Numbers: Don’t Hit Send Yet!
February 3rd, 2012
10:28 AM ET
3 years ago

Congressional Republicans on Jobs Numbers: Don’t Hit Send Yet!

Washington (CNN) – The better-than-expected jobs numbers caught congressional Republicans, as well as economists, off guard. They were poised to send out pre-written press releases about the 'disappointing' numbers. But some offices had to take time to adjust those email blasts, two congressional Republican sources told CNN, prompting a noticeable delay.

House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor emailed out statements 40 minutes after The Labor Department announced the unemployment rate had dipped to 8.3% and the economy had added 243,000 jobs. They normally send out emails almost immediately.


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  1. Sage Sophos

    The better-than-expected jobs numbers caught congressional Republicans, and Karl Rove off guard. They were poised to send out pre-written press releases about the 'disappointing' numbers. But some offices had to take time to adjust those email blasts and send them one way to hell.

    February 3, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  2. Stop the Charade

    These scoundrels are only interested in pushing their negative, divisive agenda to take back the White House and they care nothingabout what is going on with regard to average American, to the point of disregarding reality. It's time to clean the House and throw these hacks out. I can't wait for November 6th.

    February 3, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. kevin

    Look at the picture. They actually look upset about the good news for the country. These guys are traitors.

    February 3, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    Note to the GOP: Sucks to be you.

    February 3, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  5. nyc dem

    LMAO. I guess the GOP have egg on the faces now

    February 3, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  6. vic , nashville ,tn

    Now its clear congress doesn’t know that they are doing

    February 3, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    ok so when the numbers are bad the GOP blames Obama......when they are promising you either hear crickets or they scramble to try to find a way either to take credit for it or try to convince people not to get their hopes up too high. So the December numbers were good and you had some on the right claim is was due to holiday hires. Well what is the reason NOW for Jan unless the private sector was hiring for Martin Luther King Day sales. A few weeks ago Mitt Romney on the Dr Laura show admitted the economy was getting better. When Dr Laura asked him if that was the case how was he going to attack Obama on that, Mitt really had no good response for it. Go figure......

    February 3, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Very good news! Well, you all have been asking "where's the jobs, GOP?" Here you go. Since the 2010 shellacking, the unemployment rate has dropped almost 2 percentage points. Well done, GOP... well done!
    ---------------–
    We have seen nearly 24 straight months of private sector jobs growth. However, the last 9 months have seen public sector jobs loss. Well done, GOP...well done. You fooled all of us in 2010. You won't fool us in 2012. We now know that any GOP promises made in campaign speeches will be empty promises because the GOP has a hidden agenda. Thanks, for the heads up in 2010.

    February 3, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  9. Dr Knowitall

    How many people had to move to Texas or North Dakota to get one of these jobs ?

    February 3, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. Phil in KC

    Yeah – they just hate it when the news is better than they expected. It makes it really hard to get elected if it appears the president's policies are starting to take hold.

    February 3, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. TM

    Oh NOES! The economy is doing better! We can't have that! People might start to think that Obama is doing a good job IN SPITE OF all the pathological obstruction by the Grand Old (Tea) Party. Whatever will Republicans do in response? Time to start screaming about "Obamacare", and "Socialism". Time to remind "real" Americans that he's "secretly muslim". And look, Trump is back on TV, maybe they can start whispering about "long form birth certificates" again.

    February 3, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. Auzzie

    So good to see that the Republicans are not just opportunists, who hope the US economy struggles to prove a political point.

    February 3, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. Whatever

    AMAZING how they talk down EVERYTHING!!! DO THEY REALLY LOVE AMERICA or DO THEY JUST LOVE THEIR POSITIONS IN CONGRESS??? If they can't find hope in the numbers then maybe they are in WRONG positions and it is time to fire them!!! I'm sick of hearing them down playing EVERYTHING and twisting it to be bad!!! I hope they get voted out!!!

    February 3, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    They're in their chambers of congress trying to figure out how to spin this. I mean just yesterday, the Donald said he spoke to the chief of the CBO and he said unemployment was going to shoot up rapidly. Looks like none of them know what the heck they're talking about. So let me see. That's 23 straight months of PRIVATE SECTOR job growth! Chew on that GOBP.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012
    ELIZABETH WARREN 2012 & BEYOND

    February 3, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. FLIndpendent

    Face it Repubs/Tea Partiers, this President runs circles around all of you and he's taking this country forward without you. The fact that they had already written statements just goes to show they have no idea and no impact on what is happening in our country and are worthless to say the least. This is no different than having already written anit-Obama speeches as rebuttals to the SOTU before actually hearing what the President has to say. Let's please give President Obama a Congress that work with him – vote out the obstructionists. OBAMA 2012!

    February 3, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. SecedingfromTexas

    "Caught Congressional Republicans............off guard", as well as dumbfounded, flat-footed, and at a loss for
    words.
    Whatever response they come up with, it will not hide the irrefutable fact that we can do very well without
    them. Fair is Fair has already started the spin, or should I say leaky bucket response. Doesn't hold water.
    In the words of Trump, using a different name: "Go getum" Mr. President. "You can do it"!

    February 3, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. sonny chapman

    I wish one of the staff had messed up & had sent the Send button.

    February 3, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. Sorensen

    Just look at those two faces! Would anybody trust the country – anything actually – to them?

    February 3, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. GI Joe

    Boehner was crying too hard to respond. Cantor was scheming about how he could make this Boehner's fault (Cantor doES want Boehner's job).

    February 3, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. keeth

    Just goes to prove they hate Obama more than they love America.

    February 3, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I read a post from a right wingnut who is giving credit for the 23 months of private sector job growth to the elected obstructionists in the GOP.

    February 3, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. lt

    look at those faces!!!! "uhhhhhhhh....man this news is a real bummer for us eric. how are we going to explain this?"

    February 3, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Four, Terry VA, Truth, Hammerer, WiredWeird, try to sell the lies of the foreign owned media, Fox, as well as the Kochs and Rove talking points 24/7. Little do they realize they are nothing more than "The Help' for the upper .0001%

    February 3, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. Blindersoff

    Sometimes, a stone face of silents, speaks a thousand words!

    February 3, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    When the unemployment did not drop in August, the GOP was screaming about Obama failing: now Fair is pumping up the GOP in an effort to take credit for the numbers over the last 9 months which include.....August. Make up your mind, Fair, or admit you are being utterly dishonest when you post here.

    February 3, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
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