Republicans react to March unemployment report
April 6th, 2012
09:32 AM ET
2 years ago

Republicans react to March unemployment report

(CNN) – Top Republicans responded to new job numbers released Friday, which showed a lower-than-expected increase of 120,000 jobs in March and a slight slip in the unemployment rate to 8.2%.

Republican leaders used the moment to pin the president over the still-struggling economy.

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"Over three years ago, President Obama projected that the unemployment rate would be below six percent by now thanks to his stimulus. But the stimulus failed, and unemployment has been far above that level ever since," said Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus in a statement.

Saying unemployment is still "unacceptably high," Priebus argued the solution to the country's economic problems rests in "electing a new president in November."

The RNC argued that women were especially feeling hit by the economy

“President Obama and his fellow Democrats love to say they stand for women, but women can no longer stand the Obama economy. Women deserve better, and in November we will hold him accountable,” said RNC co-chair Sharon Day in a statement.

GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney also weighed in, putting out a statement describing the new numbers as "weak and very troubling."

"Millions of Americans are paying a high price for President Obama's economic policies, and more and more people are growing so discouraged that they are dropping out of the labor force altogether," Romney said. "It is increasingly clear the Obama economy is not working and that after three years in office the President's excuses have run out."

Piling on, House Speaker John Boehner faulted the president and blamed the unemployment struggle on Obama's "failed economic policies."

"Just think what could be achieved if Washington started being part of the solution instead of the problem and took steps to liberate the world's greatest economy from the shackles of big government," Boehner said in a statement.

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Filed under: 2012 • Jobs • President Obama • Republicans • unemployment
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Tony Z - I am waiting to hear the Republican policies to stimulate job growth
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    It starts with the replacement of Obama with Romney and Republican majorities in the House and Senate. It is clear that the socialist policies of Obama, Reid and Pelosi over the last 6 years has been an unmitigated disaster for this country.

    When Obama sold Hope & Change to the naive people that voted for him, did you know he mean't a change to socialist policies and a full fledged assault on our business community? Well that is what you got. Obama and his despicable demonizations has even extended to our US Supreme Court justices.

    The choice is simple. If you want to see what is happening in Greece right now, in our streets, then keep voting for the Democrat Socialist Party. If you want a future where this country is fiscally sound and creating jobs at the rate it should be, then vote Republican. THIS election will be your last chance because the country will most like not survive or be able to recover from another 4 years of Obama and the Democrat Socialist Party. Choose wisely America. Your childrens future depends on it.

    April 6, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. GI Joe

    MAYBE if the republican a_cavities had voted to allow infrastructure construction across the country, even MORE good, long-term jobs would have been created.

    They are obstructing the growth of this country just to make one person look bad. How sophomoric – How stupid – Why do the republicans hate this country so much?

    April 6, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. ST

    These republicans have no shame at all. Don't they remember what they lied to people in 2010?? that elect them and they create jobs. Where are jobs? They just cash in cheques for doing nothing.

    April 6, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. GI Joe

    MAYBE if the republicans had voted to allow infrastructure construction across the country, even MORE good, long-term jobs would have been created.

    They are obstructing the growth of this country just to make one person look bad. How sophomoric – How stupid – Why do the republicans hate this country so much?

    April 6, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. joi Gibson

    What is troubling is that Republicans seem to get a thrill out of low hiring numbers. 120,000 jobs is better than no jobs. And yes Speaker Boehner, just think what could be accomplished if Washington started being part of the solution. Are you not part of Washington? Where are all those jobs your members ran on in 2010? You sir, are part of the problem. And Rinse has no business talking about what women need or want, after all, we seem to be synonymous with caterpillars.

    OBAMA/BIDEN/FIRST LADY MICHELLE 2012!!!

    April 6, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. judith

    Most economists believe that a slow, steady recovery is likely to be a permanent one. Why have the republicans in Congress not past an infrastructure plan that would employ thousands? Doesn't matter what they say, Obama has done a very good job on the economy and could do a lot better with bipartisan support. He will be reelected. What is the GOP plan to help? I've got it–simply slash government programs and lay off more people. not going to work.

    April 6, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  7. Mario

    I am really surprised by this reaction. I thought for sure the Republicans would look on the bright side and share some optimism about these number....

    April 6, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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