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. ThinkAgain

    The Repubs want our people to suffer, want our country to fail, all in an effort to scare people into voting for them – the very people whose failed policies drove our country into a ditch in the first place.

    If the Repubs were proposing something other than the same-old, same-old economic, military and foreign polices that are ALL PROVEN FAILURES, I'd say give them a listen. But they aren't – so the only conclusion to come to is you'd have to be a freakin' imbecile to vote Republican.

    Under President Obama, we avoided a great depression; our economy is slowly turning around; bin Laden is dead and GM is alive.

    Up to us, folks: Either we move forward (Democrats) or go backwards (Repubs).

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 6, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  2. Bill

    Someone should tell Mr. Rinse that in the first three+ years of Obama;s presidency, more jobs were created that all 8 years of the Bush presidency. These GOP clowns are really pathetic and must think that voters have no concept of reality. Clearly, the don't. Romney is losing ground almost daily among almost every voting segment that will determine the outcome of the November election. The most troubling aspect of this is the women's vote. They have really "stepped in it" on these issues and have no where to go except down. Try as they may, this will doom Romney, not to mention that he is the weakest general election candidate in a generation.

    April 6, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  3. Another Obama Victim

    Funny how quickly the other side forgets the 8 year drum beat of negativety against Bush. The everyday tally of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Hmmm, when was the last time you saw that reported? I How about gas price? Bush was a 1 termer according to the media when gas hit 1.80 range. Sure don't see reports like that about Obama with gas at 4.00. I won't even mention the 14 trillion dollar deficit or the economy.

    One last thing, how can the unemployment rate drop when we add 120,000 jobs, but over 300,000 new jobless applications are filed?

    April 6, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    A right wingnut reported that everything went bad when the democrats took control of the house in January of 2009. While the worthless republicans controlled the presidency, the senate, the supreme court, according to them, it was Nancy Pelosi that made the mess. They think it had nothing to do with 2 unfunded wars, 3 unfunded tax cuts for the wealthy, and an unfunded drug program. Wow.

    April 6, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "One bit of good news is that public sector job losses are finally slowing. The government has been bleeding jobs since the middle of 2010, but recently those layoffs have started to wind down."

    Too bad for Mitt ... looks as if his "Obama made the recession worse" rhetoric has lost it's punch. Not enough government jobs left to bleed out before the general. Looks as if the TeaParty got a bit too greedy too soon after the 2010 election. Meanwhile, is Mitt going to give us a list of jobs HE created these past 3 years – he being in the valued business of job creation and all? I mean, it's not as if Mitt Romney hasn't all but turned away from and completely ignored the Republican led public sector job bleeding scenario for two years now. Not that Mitt doesn't ignore everything not in line with his private sector business expertise ...

    April 6, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. ThinkAgain

    @Bill: "Someone should tell Mr. Rinse that in the first three+ years of Obama;s presidency, more jobs were created that all 8 years of the Bush presidency."

    That would require Repubs to deal with a couple unpleasant realities: Their party's policies are all PROVEN FAILURES and that they've been duped.

    April 6, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  7. GOP = Greed Over People

    It is even more amazing we added 120K jobs when the sole, stated agenda of the GOP, if for "Obama to fail", and by proxy, all of us in America!

    April 6, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. FLIndependent

    Guess since the unemployment rate is getting closer to 8% the Repubs have a new measurement now of 6%. When did President Obama ever say that the stimulus would put unemployment below 6% – how many more lies do we have to endure from these desperate Repub/Tea Partiers? Even though the jobs number were below expectations this month they were still in positive terroritory and we are still moving in the right direction, unlike when we were losing 700,000/month under Bush. I swear that these guys will spin anything to make it as negative as possible which is why they turn off so many Independents like myself.

    April 6, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  9. Four and The Door

    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.
    For the first 2 years Obama passed every bill and spent every dollar he wanted. He had every chance possible to make his policies work. He acted quickly and boldly. He spent our tax dollars up to a point where Standard and Poors downgraded American national debt for the first time in history.

    If 2012 elections are about the economy, Obama and the Democratic Senate lose. And it is the key issue regardless of how many infomercials the Democrats pay Hollywood to make to define the election on other terms.

    Romney/ Paul 2012

    April 6, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. amlcpamaine

    Just take a look at the Dept of Labor long term trend chart (front page of the Wall St Journal today) - it's OBVIOUS how the shift to Obama turned around an incredibly deep job loss trend, got shifted back in the right direction and has been building jobs for the past 18mos - of course Rupert Murdoch's paper shows such a positive graph with the headline "job growth slows." The GOP is pathetic.

    April 6, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. Sniffit

    "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."

    HE doesn't think them up. I'm pretty sure he's barely sentient...sea cucumber would probably be a good comparison. No no...they get all this crap from Rove and Luntz and a few others who do things like focus-group test how people respond to using different loaded buzz words and talking points so they can choose the ones that will help them manipulate the public's perceptions and emotional reactions more effectively.

    April 6, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. B

    Someone tell these Republican idiots to take a look at the Employment chart that shows 750,000 jobs a month being lost under Bush and what happened after Obama took over.

    It tells the whole story in one quick look!

    April 6, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. robert charles edge

    "GOP" aka "GOONS ON PRADE" "Just think what IF Washington started being part of the "Solution" not the "Problem..."
    Well DUH, It's about time the Republicans woke up even if it's fifty years too late.

    April 6, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  14. Tayo

    It's painful to see how GOP can not accept the fact that they brought this mess on the american people and now they are playing the blame game always trying to frustrate the democratic government. Pre-Obama it was easy for them to support a stimulus package but thought otherwise when a stimulus bill was proposed during this government. All loving americans within and outside the country am sure can see the dirty game. I HOPE AMERICANS CHOOSE WELL COME NOVEMBER else it will be more debt and war for its citizens. Obama should be allowed to restore the pride of Americans.

    April 6, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  15. carrotroot

    The unemployment number dropped, it's difficult to spin that as a bad thing.

    April 6, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. Mike Texoma

    President Obama has come out again and urged Congress to invest in infrastructure and to invest in local governments, and so to get the unemployment numbers down in the range of 6.5%. The investment in infrastructure is economically necessary and will pay dividends in terms of business logistics and efficiency – roads and bridges support commercial activity and foster personal activity. Local governments are lagging in providing necessary services due to budget deficits and cutbacks. One can debate whether the missing services are necessary. I would just say that healthy, safe, stable communities are commercial bedrock, and businesses neglect them at their peril in terms of workforce and in terms of market. And then, of course, putting people back to work puts people back to paying income taxes and sales taxes, and back in the market for goods and services. So, when you hear folks say that it is just throwing money at the problem or printing and spending money we don't have, you know right away hat person is talking right through their hat, and there is an ulterior motive at play.

    So, we have concrete suggestions from the president as to how we might put lots of people back to work. All we have from the GOP on the other hand is the promise that if we make them richer, jobs will surely trickle down t the rest of us. If you are old enough to vote, surely you are old enough to recognize that crock for what it is.

    April 6, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    The Rethugs are banking on their behind-the-scenes under the radar new Voting Laws that attempt to disenfrachise the segments of the population that went overwhelmingly for Obama in 2008: students, Blacks, Latinos, military, and general amnesia in order to win in the general election.
    If (in spite of the ability for ANYONE to disprove their lies through a simple Google search) folks decide to swallow the half baked, half-ass pablum they continue to feed anyone who will listen hook line and sinker then Americans are more stupid than we've been given credit for.
    The country is trending solidly, and steadily in the right direction under President Obama. Don't believe the crazies in the GOP and their shameless spin and hype.
    Obama 2012.Seriously America.

    April 6, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. lili

    the repos pounce on anything because they have done nothing themselves. They give us candidates that are as dumb as rocks and are out to help the wealthy at the expense of the middle class. They try to distroy health care and womans rights. They need to clean up their own mess. At least the economy is moving in the right direction. No help to any of them. Obama 2012

    April 6, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. Four and The Door

    ...Up to us, folks: Either we move forward (Democrats) or go backwards (Repubs).

    Obama/Biden 2012
    American voters know we don't need to repeat the mistakes of 2009 and 2010 that drove our national debt to $16 trillion without the promised decrease in unemployment. We do need to go forward. Forward with a plan, not another empty promise.

    Romney/ Ryan 2012

    April 6, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. RealityBites

    Meanwhile...., three years after we spent 878 BILLION on the promise of keep unemployment below 8%. America continues to suffer from histrolically high unemployment, with no end in sight.

    April 6, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  21. RealityBites

    Correction: three years after we PRINTED 878 BILLION of our grandchildren's future

    April 6, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. mikle

    Obama not only bad president, but also bad lawyer.

    April 6, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    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
    And the focus, determination and drive of our current President, lest we forget.

    April 6, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. hate and lies from the right

    Same old propaganda from the rightwing hitler youth. Ryan, cantor, mcconnel and boehner the puppet

    April 6, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. A not-so-stupid former republican

    I thought all the republicans ran on job creation in 2010. Where are all the jobs they created? The republican mantra seems to be: talk a good story, do nothing, and then blame someone else.

    April 6, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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