Republicans respond to new economic numbers
February 3rd, 2012
10:42 AM ET
3 years ago

Republicans respond to new economic numbers

(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.


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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The stock market is reacting favorably to the lower jobs rate, even though republicans are in denial.

    February 3, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. Mike

    In one month we added more jobs than 10 Keystone pipelines at their maximum estimated threshold – yet this is "not enough" and what's more is that Obama holding off on a pipeline to pump Canadian oil through the heart of our country due to the GOP wanting to rush it for obvious reasons is outrageous and makes him a job killer.

    Okay, GOP.

    February 3, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. Debra from Georgia

    By the time we get to the election for 2012, it will be morning in American.

    February 3, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. Publius Novus

    RNC better get McConnell, Boehner, and Cantor to work on this quick. Best bet: keep stalling on the payroll tax cut extension. That should slow this thing down!

    February 3, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  5. Joe

    Yes, the recovery is slow, but in spite of the Republican top priority (defeating Obama at any and all cost) the economy is recovering.

    February 3, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. patNY

    I guess in the world of Mittens the numbers would have been even better had the US auto industry been left to go bankrupt and disappear, and no one get saved from foreclosure.

    February 3, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Rudy NYC - The numbers might be less than what most Americans would like to see, but they the do represent growth. Unfortunately, all of the growth for the past 9 months has been in the private sector. The public sector has seen consecutive jobs losses over the same period. Most of these losses have been teachers, policemen, firemen, and sanitation workers across the country as Republicans have waged their war against middle class union workers
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    You can thank Obama for this. He funnelled BILLIONS to states in the failed "stimulus" plan so these states could continue their bloated payrolls in the face of declining revenues. Instead of making the tough decision then, Obama allowed them to postpone the inevitable. So now we have a pile of debt AND the states still had to let people go.

    Obama has done this in just about EVERY instance, which is precisely why this "recovery" has been so TEPID and DRAWN OUT. Government interference in any situation cannot change reality. Market forces and reality will ALWAYS prevail. Lefitsts simply refuse to accept this law of nature.

    February 3, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. Dean

    A record 1,200,000 (1.2 million) people dropped out of the labor market last month. This is the lowest percentage of Americans actually working in 30 years. As opposed to 'employment rates', which can be manipulated with various formulas, the number of people not working is a real number.

    Thanks Obama. You've helped insure that a Democrat will not be inhabiting the White House for many years to come.

    February 3, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. Chumlee

    When your party – the GOP – is responsible for the economic disaster that we have been enduring, why would they
    put a positive spin on this great news?

    Congratulations President Obama – job well done

    Obama 2012

    February 3, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  10. Jules

    Wait for it – the GOP is proposing the same thing that drove us to disaster during the Bush admin. How many times have you heard the name of George W. Bush during the GOP primary campaign. Not so much. They know what a disaster he was, but yet they are proposing exactly the same economic fixes – lower taxes and less regulations. Wall Street is feeding Romney big, buko bucks and we all need to remember that the bottom line is Wall Street's main interest – they care not a whit for this country or for average Americans.

    February 3, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. Taylor

    Never to late.........for America People........to late for the GOP

    February 3, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  12. Dave

    Considering the fact that it was the GOP who caused this mess in the first place, is anyone surprised that they are trying to spin the numbers? Nice try, idiots.

    February 3, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    Why should layoffs bother you, Truth? Why should debt bother you, when for 3 decades the GOP led the charge for cutting taxes and never cut spending, and now objects to any form of revenue even when their own tax cuts have destroyed the government? Walker had no substantial debt until he eneacted a huge tax cut that has not attracted any significant jobs to WI. The amnesia of the Right on their record with mismanaging government is astonishing and immoral.

    February 3, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  14. Florida Joe

    Welcome news for all Americans is evidently unwelcome news for Republican politicians.

    I think this is merely history repeating itself. A similar outcome took place during the elections of 1936, when FDR was president after Hoover and his Republicans of that day really crashed the economy in 1929. Things weren't great, but the average citizen could see them heading in the right direction. Lets hope the political result is the same and that there will be no Republican president until at least 2028. Twenty years of prudent leadership should cure most of the regressive mistakes that were made since Reagan was elected in 1980 until W was run out of town in January 2009.

    By that time, I hope that many of the racists have either died out, or have become such a small minority, that they have little to no say in the affairs of the USA.

    That is my dream.

    February 3, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. jk from MN

    I am SO TIRED of the Grand Obstructionist Party's negative spin. Everyone should ask themselves where would the economy be if the GOP sincerely tried to work in a bi-partisan to either create good jobs or bring the good ones back on shore. All this because they want the sitting President to be a one term President – after the disasterous 8 years America is paying for now from the Bush Administration – Oh, the Hypocrisy!

    February 3, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. TYpicalman

    Meanwhile these idiots are fighting for a keystone pipeline that will only (as they claim) create 2000 jobs.

    February 3, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. AKSean

    I can't claim credit it for it, but I will share it just the same. Remove the vowels from the RNC's mouthpiece (Reince Priebus) and you get RNC PR BS. And that's about all you can expect from that clown and most of the talking heads of the declining GOP.

    Well done Mr. Obama.

    February 3, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. Mgiannella

    Americans of all shapes and poltical parties really all need to just grow the hell up. None of this type of behavior would ever be tolorated in corporate america or main street america. We seem to have allowed political leaders to create thier own realities where they attack the other party for no apparent reason. As if a Obama isn't a ture american, or as if Bush was a war criminal, the list goes on and on. I think we lost our way somewhere. Its pretty sad to watch. Childish..

    .

    February 3, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    The Real Tom Paine - A weak economy is created by uncertainty, and the GOP has done everything in their power to make sure we have uncertainty. Its good that the clock is running out on them.
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    Uncertainly like only extending tax rates for TWO MONTHS? (thank you Obama and Democrats)

    Uncertainty like Obamacare? (thank you Obama and Democrats)

    Uncertainty like constant talk of tax hikes? (thank you Obama and Democrats)

    Uncertainty like not knowing if your business is going to be the next target for demonization? (thank you Obama and Democrats)

    February 3, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. tykl

    When people try and dismiss the talk of "it's not good enough," remember that President Obama said that will the stimulus the unemployment rate wouldn't go below 8%. When he said that, he clearly used 8% as a wildly large number that he should easily reach (he didn't choose it because it is a level that our economy should be at) – so celebrating 8.3% is just more of "it could be worse." I agree, it could be worse. I would rather it be much better and to do that I think we need a new leader.

    February 3, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  21. dreamer96

    Oh just great the jobs report is too good for the Tea Party Republicans...now the top 1% will start sending workers home and closing plants, so they can put their guy in the oval office...

    February 3, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. bbk713

    Uh-oh! Whadda we do now?! I dunno; this id a disaster. Hey, wait, we'll just say it isn't enough and we can do better! Nah, that'll never work. Nobody'll buy that...will they? Nah, probably not, except for the True Believers and the gullible twits...hey, wait a minute, that's Our Voter Base! Hey, you're right. Let's all do it. Let's see now, Mitt, here's what YOU say...

    February 3, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. Data Driven

    Down to 8.3%?

    UH OH!

    February 3, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  24. 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 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  25. vic , nashville ,tn

    Mr.Priebus caption didn’t dump the ship; your party didn’t want to see the recovery

    February 3, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
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