GOP quick to criticize president over jobs report
March 9th, 2012
09:18 AM ET
3 years ago

GOP quick to criticize president over jobs report

Washington (CNN) - National Republicans were quick to attack the White House over the February jobs report.

Just ten minutes after the Labor Department reported Friday that the nation's unemployment level remained unchanged last month at 8.3%, with 227,000 jobs created, the Republican National Committee issued a press released on the report, which arguably showed the most important economic numbers in the battle for the White House.

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"Today's jobs report is yet another reminder that far too many Americans are out of work, and the situation is clearly not improving. Millions of families continue to feel the pain of the sluggish Obama economy and the rising cost of gas, groceries, and healthcare. They are still waiting on President Obama to keep his promise of an economic recovery," said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

GOP presidential candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich will hold campaign events Friday morning in Alabama and Mississippi and are expected to speak out on the jobs report.

President Barack Obama will most likely comment on the unemployment report as well during a manufacturing event later in Virginia.


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soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Be Sane

    National Republicans were quick to attack the White House over the February jobs report.

    Headline should be National Republican were quick to attack White House over ANYTHING!

    March 9, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  2. enuff

    Obama could waive a magic wand and make everything perfect immediately and the GOP would accuse him of witchcraft.

    March 9, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. Holla

    GOPTP will continue their baseless thought even if it has clearly shown that the country in heading to right direction. GOPTP believes that they can take the credit for something nothing to show for. Strongly believe in Obama 2012.

    March 9, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    @ Four
    George W. Bush was taken down by an unconquerable force Obama will never have to worry about. Term Limits.
    -------------------------------------------
    What gives you the impression that the President will serve more than two terms? What conspiracy website have you been on now?

    March 9, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  5. kevin

    @settle sue and COJO that was 4yrs. 775,000 jobs were lost , you have to remenber back in 2005 to 2008 that was sen. obama what was going then he voted for all the stuff you say bush did too. He was as dumb then as he is dumb now.

    March 9, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. lstro

    Coming from where we been 750,000 jobs lost per month any positive number is good, period.

    March 9, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. Jharris90

    No matter how you spin this, the economic trend is good. Both sides are going to play political football. The economy has averaged 250 thousand jobs the last 3 months and this breeds confidence whether you believe the numbers or not. I still believe President Obama is not totally safe for re-election. There are still close to 13 million people out of work, gas is high, and there are economic questions in Europe. If the trend continues into the summer and unemployment drops below 8%, then President Obama's chances of re-election are stronger. If the unemployment rate gets at 7.5% and the GOP criticizes him (they have that right), they would lose significant ground among independents and moderate voters because they will only be speaking to their base who vehemently oppose Obama. It also energizes the Democratic base with criticism against the President on this jobs report. It energizes particulary African Americans and young people because they are the most loyal to the President.

    March 9, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. Mike, Texoma

    I wonder if greeting good economic news with hissing and booing is very helpful to the GOP cause – or if there might be a backlash.

    March 9, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. Ozzie

    So there are some things that the GOP can do quickly – like hate the President.

    March 9, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    I guess Republicans think that a majority of Americans are STUPID and agreed some are. So with a jobs report that shows higher numbers of jobs created than last month where they could not be critical they are looking for a cloud in the silver lining this month. Let's see bad numbers it's Obama's fault, good numbers well it's not due to ANYTHING Obama has done. Many more are starting to see through this and the constant GOP whine is falling on more deaf ears.

    March 9, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. judy

    numbers are numbers guys. Complaine all you want. Jobs are back and in bigger numbers than expected. Employeers are looking for workers. So bash away you repo clowns no one is listening to your nonsense. Obama 2012

    March 9, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. RealityBites

    The U.S. government just notched its highest ever monthly deficit, with the red rink running to an estimated $229 billion in February. Which can only mean austerity measures ahead for the US...

    March 9, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. vic , nashville ,tn

    Note to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. It took 6 years to clean H.W .Bush 4 years mess so it will take 8 years to clean G.W Bush 8 years mess

    March 9, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. Roger

    I think Thomas needs to take a history lesson! The cold hard facts of life are that things are improving and they would be improving even more if President Obama hadn't been held hostage by this do-nothing Congress who I have no doubt will pay for the error of their ways this November. Obama/Biden 2012

    March 9, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  15. GOP is the ENEMY of AMERICA PERIOD

    How can a party that represents concertive values sit back and watch a President who inherited the worst recession since the great dpression make this huge progress, all they want is for the econnomy to stagnate, they can even encourage their buddies to lay off people only to show how poor the economy is, we all know the spin they will play come couple of months, but KARMA will catch yaaaah

    March 9, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. NOW COME MITT

    The actor who specializes in firing people, shipping jobs overseas, dodging taxes by shipping funds overseas, corporations are people, i dont care about the very poor cos they have a safety net huh, Ann drives couple of cardilacs, i love the trees cos they seem right, i mean this guys are real jokes, ajasko jokes. Obama is within, he is here with us, he feels us, we feel him, he is one of us, but GOP and MITT aren't, so, go to the MOON and live with Newt, that colony will be terrible

    March 9, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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