(CNN) – Republicans were slower than usual to respond to the better than expected January jobs report Friday, which showed the unemployment rate fell to 8.3% and employers added 243,000 jobs.
However, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus was the first high profile GOPer to react, saying the "welcome news" is too little for most Americans.
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"Our economy remains unacceptably weak, and families across the country are still struggling to make ends meet," Priebus said in a statement. "Today's unemployment numbers remind us that our economy is far from fixed. That, by the president's own standard, should make him a one-term president."
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was the first 2012 presidential candidate to respond to the figures and did not miss the opportunity criticize President Barack Obama's handling of the economy.
"Unfortunately, these numbers cannot hide the fact that President Obama's policies have prevented a true economic recovery. We can do better," Romney said in a press release. "I am running for president because I have the vision and experience to help rebuild the economy and put us on a path toward greater prosperity for all Americans."
Former Pennsylvania Sen. and current White House hopeful Rick Santorum said he is encouraged that people are returning to work, but said he is concerned about people abandoning the workforce and the impact the current health care law, dubbed "Obamacare" by Republicans, might have on jobs in the future.
"We're not going to see unemployment go down substantially in the future unless we turn this economy around and get it growing again," Santorum said Friday during a visit to the Mark Twain Dinette in Hannibal, Missouri.