Republicans quick to react to jobs report
May 4th, 2012
09:12 AM ET
6 years ago

Republicans quick to react to jobs report

Washington (CNN) - Both the presumptive GOP presidential nominee and the chairman of the Republican National Committee were quick to use April's unemployment numbers to criticize President Barack Obama's job on creating jobs.

"It's a terrible and very disappointing report this morning. Clearly the American people are wondering why this recovery isn't happening faster, what's taking years and years for the recovery to occur. And we seem to be slowing down, not speeding up. This is not progress," Mitt Romney said Friday in an interview on Fox News.

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“This is very, very disappointing. A lot of American people are having difficult times, and this is not good news this morning," added the former Massachusetts governor, who argued the reason the rate dropped was due to more people leaving the workforce.

Romney's comments came just a few minutes after the Labor Department reported that the nation's unemployment level edged down from 8.2% in March to 8.1% in April.

The Labor Department also reported that the number of jobs rose by 115,000, lower than many economists had predicted. According to the report, 342,000 workers dropped out of the labor force, with the labor force participation rate, now at 63.6%, at its lowest level since 1981.

The RNC chairman was also quick to react to the jobs report.

"President Obama's desperate hype-and-blame campaign will try to spin today's anemic jobs report six ways to Sunday, but the facts remain clear: too many Americans have been unemployed for far too long. For millions, the economy is simply not working," said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, in a statement that used the party committee's new "Hype and Blame" slogan.

"Three years ago, President Obama vowed to fix the economy in three years and to hold himself accountable to his record. Today's numbers remind us that he has failed to live up those promises, and he has no one to blame but himself. We must change course in November to ensure our children have the prosperous future they deserve," added Priebus, in his statement.

The White House did not put out an instant reaction to the jobs numbers. About an hour after the report's release, they did put out a statement.

"Today's employment report provides further evidence that the economy is continuing to heal from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, but much more remains to be done to repair the damage caused by the financial crisis and the deep recession. It is critical that we continue the economic policies that are helping us dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began at the end of 2007," said Alan Krueger, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers.

The president is expected to speak about the unemployment report later Friday morning at an event on student loans in Northern Virginia.

The economy remains the top issue on the minds of Americans and jobs remains the top economic issue. A CNN/ORC International poll conducted last month indicated that Americans were split on which candidate could best jumpstart the economy, with 44% saying Obama would be more likely to get the economy moving and 42% saying that Romney would do a better job to stimulate the economy.

Filed under: 2012 • Economy • Jobs • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Reince Priebus • unemployment
soundoff (275 Responses)
  1. 2cents4free

    — The economy is better now than it was four years ago.

    May 4, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. jtgod5

    too bad there isn't a quick fix for PE of the mouth syndrome – a Viagra pill for Mitt's and the republican parties PE of the mouth – Obama failed the Chen (he is now on the road to freedom), Obama blew the bail-out (record profits this year), slow job creation (the unemployment rate is steadily decreasing each report) – you spew these words and yet they mean so very little moments later when you are proven to be wrong time and time again. Look to the little pills boys – your PE is showing loud and not so proud!

    May 4, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. Tea Party

    Republicans win in November, get ready for a True Great Depression. We will be the downfall of the global economy. Earth may not survive it!

    May 4, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. concernedjoy

    To: Just vote for Obama

    "Republicans react by filibustering all efforts to create more jobs."

    Are you serious? When is Harry Reid going to allow the Senate to look at the 30 jobs bills sent to the Senate by the House? Debate them? Obama fighting the oil industry tooth and nail is HELPING create more jobs? How many oil industry jobs have been lost because of this president?

    May 4, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. pflatman

    Republicans are utterly unbelievable. These gloomy nitwits look forward to bad news, good news or no news, simply so they can spin the stories into something awful. At the same time, they'll take their own "news" and always elevate it to a level of absurd predictions, silly anecdotes and stories of candyland.

    May 4, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. Ed

    I seem to recall incessent filibustering whenever the Dems offered jobs packages, until a week ago or so, when they knew the effects wouldn't be felt before the election. You've kept your thumb on the economy, and now you're kicking the other side for a slow recovery. Many of us are not fooled.

    May 4, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  7. ireuel

    Patrick; That reply is so old and it is both sides not working together so move on. We have three stubborn children not getting what they want and it is the Leader of the country that is setting this example for all to follow. Also the left says "yes" to anything it can tax, draw new revenue or add a fee to from and give rewards to it supporters. The public are not buying it just the Republican that got us where we are and 2010 will be replicated unless Harry and Barry wake up.

    May 4, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. Obama Cares

    The republican fools won't do anything to help the situation, despite bragging that they "knew how to create jobs,' while campaigning in 2010. They want to be reelected and will then send everybody to the poorhouse. Watch out American, don't be duped. BTW, where are your African-American supporters, other than Rice and Steellee?

    May 4, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. Bill, NY

    Of course they are quick to react to them as they are the true cause. Remember, make Obama a one term president at any cost.

    May 4, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  10. Travis

    Let them whine about this temporary slowdown in growth, I hope they go on about it. Forecasts show a speedup starting this month and growing through Summer and Fall. They'll have wasted their time on the issue.

    May 4, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. mike

    from 2008-2010 DEms controlled all chambers of congress and presidency. They could pass anything they wanted they had super majority. Did they concentrate on jobs no they concentrated on healthcare. This is the outcome they need to pay the price for their decisions.

    May 4, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. Chandra

    What is their contribution to the economy ?

    May 4, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. Stu Steinberg

    Wow. It doesn't matter how good things are, according to little weasels like Priebus, they're terrible. Yes, I suppose it could have been better, but it could also have been a lot worse. As for the prediction that job growth was expected to be somewhat better, the GOP has obstructed every program the President and the Democrats have brought forth. These people simply hate this President and it wouldn't matter to them if these figures would have been doubled. They continue to pander to the extreme, racist elements in the country and Mitt Romney, in particular, cow-tows to hate-mongers like Bryan Fischer, Tony Perkins, Richard Jeffress and Gary Bauer. The GOP has no principles when it comes equality and justice and, as far as I can tell, they are our own version of the Taliban, particularly when it comes to women and religious freedom.

    May 4, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. MaryM

    THe Gop/TP/Repubs and Reince Priebus (take out the vowels) RNC PR BS. Were quick to react tp the gas price and now that gas prices are going down they will jump on the jobs report and went jobs increase they will jump on something else. I am soooooo sick and tired of the Repubs, the party of NO America we will NOT help you because we want President Obama to be a one term President. VOTE these repubs out of office ASAP.

    May 4, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. JohnDHater

    Republicans are RIDICULOUS!!! This is all absurd!!!

    May 4, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. Rod in Dallas TX

    LMAO!!!! Leave it to the Republicans to turn the creation of jobs and a drop in unemployment into a negative thing. Shame on you Republicans!

    May 4, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  17. Kevin

    We're recovering, and we added over 100k jobs. Why are they complaining again?

    May 4, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  18. David McFarland

    The republicans need to read a little history, that is if they can read. The recovery after the depression took well over 10 years and was helped by World War II. After all they are good for getting us into a recession but there logic does not get us out of it.

    May 4, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  19. Mario

    If Republicans had their way the unemployment rate would be extremely high and stay there. They aren't concerned about the working poor or middle class. They only care about the wealthy and the corrupt Wall Street parasites they give them money.

    May 4, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  20. mdn

    What! The unemployment rate continues to go down, OBL is dead, the economy is improving, the stock market is up, and the wars are ending...and the GOP had NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.

    Yet they still complain. Ahhh...the party of NO.

    May 4, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  21. Rod in Dallas TX

    How fast the Republican's forget they THEY are the ones who put the economy in the dump in the first place.!

    May 4, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. woodofpine

    A party of 'No' with 'No'... No economic plan – except the one that got us into this in the first place, and No track record except of disaster. Scream and hate, scream and hate, no plan. The same old GOP policies and personalities are being offered this fall. Ivy League 'businessman' son of an GOP scion, 'centrist' former GOP gov., supported from the outset my Karl Rove: Romney – 'W' the Sequel...

    May 4, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. Rod in Dallas TX

    The crash of 2007 and 2008 was under Bush's watch, Not Obama's.

    May 4, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  24. NowThat'sFunny

    GOP - Grand Ol' Pessimists. "Jobs were added, BUT IT ISN'T GOOD ENOUGH!!" It took years to get us in this mess and it's going to take years to get us out. This isn't some quick fix that requires a band-aid. We should thank our lucky stars jobs are being added at all.

    May 4, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  25. rs1201

    You want to blame obama's failure on the Republicans...nice try...ain't going to work!
    You'll be thrown out in Nov and give Mitt Romney a shot at fixing this nightmare! Americans are out of work, losing their homes, and seeing their children go to bed hungry. That's got to stop! Obama doesn't know how to stop it...he just likes to blame everyone else for his disastrous policies...the whole bunch of you democrats should just go away...just go!

    May 4, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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