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

    Just wonder what the figures might have been had congress passed the pres.' infrastructure jobs bill. We are desperately in need of road, bridges, & schools repairs-but of course Reps. wouldn't cooperate. If we can get these obstructionists out of the way the pres. could probably make some real improvements.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012/ WARREN SOON

    February 3, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. Bill, NY

    No one and I mean NO ONE kills jobs like republicans. The only way they can create jobs is by destroying the environment and lining their already fat pockets. Jobs are being created despite the republicans. We need to get rid of the grim weeper and can't or won't(Cantor) and Mitch(the *itch) McConnell.

    February 3, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    President Obama is working for Americans, these Republicans are working for themselves at the expense of taxpayers while they enrich themselves 200% since they've been in Washington, fact. These Republicans and their families are living high on the hog, what about you and your family?

    February 3, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. Biggge

    Same old story.. how can we have people in Office who is betting on America to fail...Darn shame... It seems the GOP enjoys when people are out of work...More Glum and Doom to come I bet....Obama 2012

    February 3, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. Dave J

    Look at the expression on their faces. Boehner looks like he is crying about to cry and Eric looks like he just lost a family member and is at the viewing of the body at a funeral home. These are the idiots that are rooting for America to fail. They should be tried and put in jail for doing and/or promoting policies to deliberately harm this country

    February 3, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    It does look like the Republican House's restraint of Obama's out of control spending has improved the economy. It will only be that much better once Obama's socialist policies and massive deficits are reversed. Businesses are seeing the light at the end of the Obama tunnel in November.

    February 3, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Thanks a lot Republicans for doing nothing. I rest my case.

    February 3, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. Josaphat Daniels

    The g.o.p. are more obsessed with Obama than they are concerned about the american people.

    February 3, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    I always thought the Right said the government could not create jobs, Truth? No business I talk to gives credit to the House GOP for anything, except for screwing things up.

    February 3, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. mk1

    There is no question this is very disappointing news to the Republicans as they dearly wish and hope that the economy will stay in the tank. They will continue to do everything in their power to make sure the economy lags for purely political purposes. I have long wondered why they hate the American people so much. They have done absolutely nothing to try to help us. Their plans are more of the same failed policies that got us here in the first place.

    February 3, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. Thomas

    Yes , look at those two faces !

    Both House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor want Obama to be a one term President so badly they will obstruct and delay an economic recovery. They want the President to fail , at the cost of the country failing.

    These two boys are sour grapes !

    I just hope Israel doesn't attack Iran , that will insure a republican presidential win in Nov.

    February 3, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    It does look like the Republican House's restraint of Obama's out of control spending has improved the economy.
    ------------
    Private sector jobs growth has been a steady trend since near the end of 2009. The only thing that the Tea Party controlled Republican House and the corporation controlled Republican Governers have contributed to the economy has been public sector jobs losses over the past 9 months.

    February 3, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. Jilli

    Their best attempts to spoil and stall the recovery aren't working. Their "just say no" strategy isn't working. Their more tax cuts for the wealthy strategy isn't working. They have no ideas, only pessimism and obstruction. And fortunately for the country, they are failing.

    This is a good day in this country – despite the best efforts of the republicans – the nations economy is recovering.

    February 3, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. bcm

    Look at those two! I think they both just lost their breakfast!

    February 3, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  15. Expat American

    The Brown shirt Liars and Criminals (see: ‘Republican Values Party’) just can’t wait until they can destroy the country yet another time, can they?
    Republican Plan B. Demonize Islam. Revisit Birth Certificate.

    February 3, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  16. Data Driven

    I'll just repeat what I said in the other post on this story:

    Down to 8.3%?

    UH OH!

    February 3, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  17. gt

    if you are happy with 8 .3 %... how low does the bar go down... that many people with out work .. sucks...and i am glad it is going down....with no help from obama reckless spending..

    February 3, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  18. Fair is Fair

    Rudy says:

    "The only thing that the Tea Party controlled Republican House and the corporation controlled Republican Governers have contributed to the economy has been public sector jobs losses over the past 9 months."
    -------
    GOOD. Time for the fat, bloated publc sector to go on a diet. The private sector, as always, will lead us back to prosperity.

    February 3, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  19. Independent Voters

    Now we got to vote Cantor and Boehner out of the office so we can move forward.
    President Obama keep up the good work.
    Obama we going to vote you back in 4 more years.

    February 3, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  20. logicnLA

    When you spend your time pre-writing messages of failure, you're obviously not doing you job in the first place.
    Maybe they should be sending out resume's and not press releases.

    February 3, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. Mario

    This Great News!all of this is bing done with out the help of the DO NOTHING REPUBLICAN CONGRESS. Meican Americans for Obama 2012

    February 3, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  22. once upon a horse

    so let me get this straight when the job numbers are up and going positive it's due to the Bush tax cuts and the Republicans plan on extending them, BUT when the numbers are bad or not high enough it's Obama's fault! I'm surprised that with these positive numbers some on the right didn't come out and credit President BUSH for it like they did the bin Laden deal and the ending of the Iraq war.

    February 3, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. Stuck in California

    Who are they kidding?... Jobs are leaving California as fast as the Dems can tax them out of here. If I owned a business why would I base it HERE???

    February 3, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  24. John

    John Boehner and Eric Cantor Is doing everything they can to keep the Jobs has bad has they can so the American People will Blame the President , But really It the Republican IN Congress lead by these two IDIOT In this picture on the top of this page.

    February 3, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  25. Gino Martell

    WE independents are watching not only the Republican candidates but the COngress. If all they are going to do is attack the President, then they the republican are in for a surprise comee election time. We Americans understand the economic mess Mr. 0bama confronted from day one.

    February 3, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
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