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. flatbushfred

    The Republicans say they know how to fix the economy. If they do, why didn't it work in the last Bush years when the US was losing jobs every month??????

    May 4, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    bet the Priebus and the GOP couldn't even sleep last night hoping for numbers like these. What they will not say though is that although not as high as hoped the numbers are NOT negative. wonder how those monthly jobs reports looked during the last administration?

    May 4, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  3. Mammy

    Go, Romney! Yea, Republicans!!

    May 4, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. Bootstomper

    The head of the RNC looks like howdy doody.but I'll say one thing he has the standard Republican haircut.

    May 4, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  5. Just vote for Obama

    Republicans react by filibustering all efforts to create more jobs.

    May 4, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. LittleStream

    If Romney had been president with a Democratic Congress, he definately would not be doing any better. I hope the voters remember that when they go to the polls. If you want to reelect Obama, elect a Democratic Congress. If you want to elect Romney, elect a Republican Congress. Hopefully that way we won't see another 4 years of congress stalling and tripping all over itself to do nothing.

    May 4, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. Coloradan

    No Reince, terrible and disappointing was the 700,000 jobs lost a month as the Bush administration left office. A guy btw whose policies were very similar to the one's that Romney is advocating.

    May 4, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  8. Joseph

    Perhaps the Republicans would prefer we go back to the last months when Bush was in office and we were losing 600,000 jobs per month.

    May 4, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. Ken in NC

    It took Bush and his Republicans 8 years to crash our economy and now those same Republicans are whinning that the economy is not recovering fast enough. Well I agree with them but I also recognize that it's hard to fix anything when as fast as you work at fixing, Republicans are working to stop the fix by saying no to everything.

    May 4, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. American

    Of course, the RNC is out with the negativity & no solutions....again

    In the real world, unemployment is fortunately lower with net positive job numbers. A steady recovery for our country.

    President Obama 2012

    May 4, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. Jacob

    The party of No and the party that squandered the trillion dollar surplus in eight years have the audacity to blame president Obama for trying to fix the economy they drove to the ditch in the first place.


    May 4, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  12. Four and The Door

    The economy remains the top issue on the minds of Americans and jobs remains the top economic issue.
    Time for a few more $million Obama/ Biden 2012 fundraising parties. It's really expensive trying to buy their way around the main issue. For all of these Attack Romney ads there are expensive writers, production costs, editing, more editing, and then the TV and other distribution costs kick in. But for the next 6 months, this is Obama's main job. It's easier to raise money than to fix the economy. At least he knows how to campaign.

    Romney 2012

    May 4, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  13. Jakey

    What is terrible and disappointing is that Republicans have voted against every single job bill since President Obama has been in office, allthe while chanting their mantra of tax cuts for the wealthy and giving tax breaks to comapnies who send American jobs overseas. It is the Republican who are to blame, How can you blame a president when a full one half of Congress refuses to even work with him on anything because they want him to fail and look bad/

    May 4, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  14. Thrivi

    Instead of high sounding rhetoric, Romney and Priebus should inform their governor friends to balance budget short falls by cutting their own salary and benefits retroactively and not by laying off service personals. This will improve employment figures greatly.

    May 4, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  15. gg

    the taliban are hoping republicans win in november-its called life insurance

    May 4, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  16. DandyStryker

    The economy is slowing, jobs are drying up. Republicons are ecstatic - their obstruction of jobs bills, and overt attempts to tank the economy, are working. With any luck, they can force the US into another recession and Romney will win the election!

    May 4, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  17. fed-up

    the job growth is slow but its still on the rise!! the reason its not going faster is because the gop doesn't want it to go up. the gop are doing all they can to slow the recovery. the gop has one and only one priority and that is to make Pres. Obama a one term President. the gop could careless about the american people finding jobs. they have made that clear over and over. gov.perry stated "GOD help us if romney doesn't win" my thoughts are "GOD help s if he does win".

    May 4, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  18. Lucky

    Romney and other Republicans are the ones who outsourced jobs in order to make a larger profit for themselves.

    Obama 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 4, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  19. Ron WPAFB

    From same party who killed the economy and destroyed the Job Market. Republican is now synonymous with Hate!

    May 4, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  20. docame

    Of course, more GOP blaming Obama without bothering to offer a solution. Know why? Because the GOP has no solutions.

    May 4, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  21. Larry L

    Republicans want bad news on the economic front and will spin all news to look bad. They've been obstructing progress for over three years in an attempt to prevent a recovery from the disasterous Bush economy. They are deeply, deeply evil.

    May 4, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  22. Indy

    How many jobs has Romney created in the last six years ? He keeps telling us Government does not create jobs and it wealthy people like himself that needs the tax breaks to create jobs, so where are those trickle down jobs ? Republicans should be ashamed of this jobs report,because it continues to prove that the Bush tax breaks for the wealthy have not been working for the past decade,yet they think it will finally start to work if Romney enters the Whitehouse. Just another shameful report for Republicans

    May 4, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  23. Anonymous

    The republican congress, should have passed, and should be held accountable for not passing, the American Jobs Act.
    Obama 2012!! If the unemplyment rate falls to 7.9 -7.8% what will the attack be then?

    May 4, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  24. Hawk in Texas

    All the republicans have to do is look in a mirrow to see just who is to blame for no new jobs. after all they are the ones that have voted no on every jobs bill that came up. plus 8 years of sending americas jobs overseas.

    May 4, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  25. Patrick Ernst

    Republicans need to look in the mirror. They are the party of "no" and have done nothing to work together in Congress to move the economy forward. It's simple and it's true!

    May 4, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
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