Republicans react to March unemployment report
April 6th, 2012
09:32 AM ET
6 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. Bill

    The GOP has nothing productive to say and is devoid of meaningful ideas or policies. And the American people know it. They really should be focusing on 2016, or it may be a good long while before they occupy the White House again.

    April 6, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. Sniffit

    More like PREACT. That blabber was written last night before the report came out. Lolleryawns.

    April 6, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  3. whoCares

    Why is the unemployment rate so high? Because Obama had to take over the mess the Bush left him.

    April 6, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. Tony Z

    I am waiting to hear the Republican policies to stimulate job growth.

    April 6, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  5. John

    From 2000 to the end of 2006 the US economy, jobs creation and personal wealth was at record highs, that’s until the Democrats / liberals took over Congress and the downhill spiral began. Then in 2009 the Obama administration started and we have one failed policy after another. We are at depression levels of employment in America our government debt is at crisis levels. The November 2012 election is coming, it’s simple, vote Democratic and continue the historic debt and depression or vote Republican for jobs and prosperity.

    April 6, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. Omni

    Republicans did everthing possible to make the Stimulus fail. Like Rick Perry to took $14.2 billion to balance his Texas budget but still laid off a record number of teachers. But the Stimulus didn't fail, maybe Obama over sold it, but it wasn't what he wanted and republican governors either rejected it or steered the money somewhere other than jobs and infurstructure. And now it's the Presidents fault. We know they did everything possible to hold this economy back just so they could say these very words.

    I'll be voting for Obama, thank you.

    April 6, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. amlcpamaine

    And just what have these bozos done to boost employment? NOTHING! They lay on the same old same old "trickle down" rhetoric then spend their time criticizing and finger-pointing. And disgustingly, their next step is to try and push through a "tax holiday" for their corporate puppeteers. The GOP hasn't a clue how to run a major economy – just feed the 1% and let the rest go to ruin. But they sure get their media coverage. Disgusting.

    April 6, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. CA Cowgirl

    Of course it's ALL Obama's fault. These GOP trolls make me want to hack. So sick of their childish blame game. They sorely need a good look in the mirror to discover where the true blame lies, and it's not Obama. Sorry, GOP, most of us aren't that stupid. I remember when this country was losing 750,000 jobs per month pre-Obama, so how is adding jobs a bad thing? The stale talking points of the GOP have become boring and predictable. Wish the election could get over with sooner so Obama could continue to work for us middle class.

    April 6, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. diridi

    did you see How these Rich Republican idiots are destroying this nation....nonsensical idiots and thugs of this nation are these animals out in next elections, please. God bless.

    April 6, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. Al-NY,NY

    Sorry, but the economy IS recovering but these idiots think it's going to turn around on a dime and magically return to 5%....just like THEY can wave a magic want and gas will be $2.50

    And their sheep will follow them no matter what......pathetic

    April 6, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  11. Jay

    Last month when the private sector jobs increased they said it had nothing to do with the President, now that the job growth slowed a little, it's the presidents fault.

    April 6, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republican economists said the GDP would only be at negative 2.9% which resulted in a smaller stimulus, when in reality, the GDP was at negative 8.9%. The stimulus should have been 3 times larger. Since we cannot turn back time, how about the republicans in the house actually pass the transportation bill, and start focusing on jobs, instead of women's reproductive rights.

    April 6, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. Ken in MD

    Yes, it's entirely Obama's fault that the Republicans left him a huge economic mess, 2 unpaid wars, and a housing crisis, and he hasn't turned it around yet. Even though every plan he put forward to improve things was shot down by the House and Senate Republicans.

    Stop finger pointing and come up with a plan that WILL work. All they've done is rehash old plans that have failed every time they were implemented.

    April 6, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  14. PJ/TX

    "Just think what could be achieved if" Republican/TeaParty obstructionists "started being part of the solution instead
    of the problem and took steps" to liberate themselves from the shackles of" meaningless pledges to meaningless
    people and took their Pledge of Allegiance to America more seriously.
    Happy Easter everybody!

    April 6, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. Vader

    Perhaps if the Repubs actually took a moment to act in the best interests of the country and actually worked across the aisle, the recovery would be moving more quickly.

    The fact that there IS A RECOVERY at all, DESPITE their obstructionist, negative and borderline hysterical behavior speaks volumes for the resiliency of the American system.

    April 6, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  16. vic , nashville ,tn

    Mr. Caterpillar economy is not a Etch-a- sketch

    April 6, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. CBR

    You have to love John Boehner! If Washington was part of the solution – that is a joke. He and his fellow leaders have refused to work cooperatively or to even consider compromise since January 20, 2009. As long as the GOP fails to be part of any solution the America people are the losers. A ll rhetoric aside, the American people have persevered and any success is in part due to our resilience and our efforts to help each other.

    The GOP is prepared to help those who make over one million dollars by keeping their tax rate low. They have not done anything to help small businesses to help their employees with health insurance. They have dragged their feet on continuing unemployment assistance, etc. When will they respond positively to any initiative!

    Senator Snow has said it so well. WE do not have to quote anyone else.

    April 6, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  18. Anonymous

    I am all for the whole free speach idea of America, however, I find it a Tragedy that politicans can LIE KNOWINGLY and its okay. I mean, what they say drives the American people and we should just hear the truth. They did mess up the economy and the economy is recovering, but slowy because they messed it up so badly. If they know so much about the economy, then why did they not put that knowledge into practice when they had control? I can't vote for reubublicans because they lie the most. So sad and the American people are the ones hurt most. Can we just hear the facts? PLEASE???????

    April 6, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |

    These people just can't give credit where credit is due. I swear Priebus must sit around all day thinking of attack lines because his party has nothing to offer.

    April 6, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  20. Nelson Colorado Springs Co

    These good BOYS,Reince Priebus,Mitt Romney, John Boehner the top Republicans should be ask over the last three years how many new jobs have they created. President Obama must be doing something right the unemployment rate is down to 8.2%. Yes President Obama want the unemployment rate below six percent but when you have the republican doing everything stop you or the party of NO and things are still getting better. America forget about the same old talking point. Look increase of 120,000 jobs in March and the unemployment rate to 8.2% Go job President Obama Keep The Dream Alive

    April 6, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I am waiting to hear the Republican policies to stimulate job growth."

    I'm guessing the only plan GOPers have on the slate is to continue bleeding out state-wide public sector jobs and then blame President Obama .... ?

    April 6, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  22. once upon a horse

    OK remember folks if the numbers are GREAT then Obama had little or nothing to do with it...if they are NOT so great then it's all his fault. If people even some on the right haven't seen this pattern by now they are just pure Obama-Haters with no other vision but to see him out of office at any cost.

    April 6, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  23. Bruce

    The failed policies of the current administration are evidenced by the current economic climate, high unemployment, and astronomical incurred debt.
    Every young adult and young family I talk to are in fear of their own/their children's future.
    The government has sold out the country and Obama is the head idiot in charge!
    Fire Obama is the nations rallying cry. We can only hope for change this election year.

    April 6, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  24. Larry L

    What could be worse than a political party HOPING for bad news and even trying to distort good news about our economy? The Republicans have conducted political terrorism for the last three years and worked hard to obstruct progress.

    April 6, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  25. demwit

    120,000 jobs added
    350,000, 4 week average initial unemployment filings, 4 X 350,000 = 1.400,000 jobs lost
    Uemployment rate down .1% to 8.2%??

    Errrr.., somethings not adding up here.., I'm so confused..

    April 6, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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