Republicans quick to react to jobs report
May 4th, 2012
09:12 AM ET
2 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. SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

    First of all, the way this ugly goof ball doofus got his name is like this: after his mom delivered him in the delivery room at the hospital, the nurse walked in and said, "Time to rinse pubics." But an administrator mistakenly thought the mother said to name her son, Reince Preibus, and that's how he came into this world. He was made fun of his whole life and the only friends he has is the rich GOP 1%ers, who hate the middle-class and President Obama. Thank God we will re-elect Obama and Biden this year in spite of Mr. Rinse Pubics.

    May 4, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. Jakey

    And how is Romney, the man who invests all his money overseas, going to be good for the american economy? People don't get it – it is not that Romney is successful or has money, it is that he chose to invest his money overseas outside of the American economy to avoid taxes and to take advantage of overseas economies where they employ child labor and slave wages. How can American workers trust him now,when so many of our jobs have already gone overseas and more leave the country every day? I will not vote for any candidate who is heavily invested overseas and does not support the American economy.

    May 4, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. Dean

    The labor force participation rate is the most accurate indicator of how the job market in this country is faring. Obama's policies have done nothing to help it and everything to hurt it. For me, this is the main reason that Obama has to go.

    May 4, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. Palmer

    I’m neither Democrat nor Republican and very much a Conservative Independent. With that said, I’m very disappointed how both parties play the “blame” game. I was always taught that a little compromise can go a long way. However, none of the current leaders are intellectually or emotionally apt to do so. Come on American, we can do better and we deserve better.
    This fall, we’ll go to the polls to vote for the lesser of the two evils. No, you can’t convince me. Both parties suck…

    May 4, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. NYC REPUB

    The American Jobs Act, would have helped even more to boost the economy! Slowly we're moving. I wonder what the outrage would be, if the unemployment rate drops to 7.9-7.8%.....

    May 4, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  6. Linda

    Wrong again GOP.....it's a miracle that we have come this far after the mess Bush and the Republicans left this country in when Obama had to take over and keep us from falling into a depression like in the 30's. Jobs are growing, slowing but at least they are growing....and the unemployment level dropped to 8.1 and the republicans would not and can not make this happen any faster or better....they will undo all that has been done and end the hopes of the middle class of ever being able to prosper........

    May 4, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. Republican Class Warfare

    Mitt loves it

    May 4, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    What have the republicans done to create jobs? Abortion legislation and an attack on women's rights, seniors, the poor, minorities, workers, veterans and college students does not create jobs Prince.

    May 4, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. BOO BOO

    After 4 years of the Obama and Biden comedy show I hope we can cancel this show in Nov. election.

    May 4, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  10. rika33

    Wr can thank the GOP for cutting revenues while fighting two wars and running up deficits. We can thank the GOP for obstructionism in Congress that won't increase revenue and reduce expenditures. We can thank the GOP for focusing on minutiae rather than major issues. We can thank the GOP for a weak field of loser candidates that offer no real choice to the current administration.

    May 4, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  11. TheDudeAbides

    What a crock. Europe slows down, China slows down and they think this is Obama's fault?

    So what are they going to say when hiring goes back up?

    May 4, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  12. eddieb

    The tea party blocked every job bill that he put out. We the people know whats up. OBAMA 2012

    May 4, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It is unbelievable that the idiot Prince Reebus replaced Steele. That is an example of what you get when you desperately want someone who is white.

    May 4, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  14. Jess C

    Gee, let us think about why it's not happening "faster"....could it be that part of the problem is the do-nothing Congress that turned down a bill to rebuild our infrastructure (highways, bridges, etc.) and put 1000's of jobs in place to spur the economy further? Do we have to listen to this mindless drivel for 6 more months? We all know the GOP strategy was to sit back, do nothing but block any progress Obama puts on the table so that if that sick and twisted strategy works, they could put all the blame on him? Why are some people fooled by this transparent tactic. The GOP acts like it wasn't their policies that helped create this mess in the first place? How were the two wars to be funded for example? By giving tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans? Give me a break! Fox News is one of the biggest culprits out there, spewing oure BS to the lemmings among us.

    May 4, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  15. levi

    This wouldn't have anything to do with our last president now, would it?????

    May 4, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  16. Stop the Charade

    "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"

    We all know why the recovery is taking longer. One is the false promise of the GOP that lowering taxes will creat jobs and another is the ultra cynical behavior of Repulicans in Congress of running on a platform of creating jobs and then once they get to Washington deliberately doing nothing in an effort to discredit the Presidients's attempts to lead this country out of the devastating financial condition he inherited from his GOP predecessors. The American people know the truth this time around and don't be surpised in November at the size of the landlslide that buries the GOP and its party before country philosophy.

    May 4, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. Matthew

    Tax breaks for the rich! That oughta do it! :P

    May 4, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  18. levi

    So Mitt, tell us how to fix it faster and I will vote for you in November!!!!!!!

    May 4, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  19. Corporations Are People

    We're not wondering why. We know that you and your party opposed a true jobs bill. Removing the party of No in November will really help.

    May 4, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  20. Myviewis

    Obama concentrated too much on Hippie, Progressive issues, being praised by foreign countries, live up to the Nobel Peace Prize he won and his lack of work experience as a governor, mayor, city manager, business man is mainly to blame in that he didn't realize what all is involved in running our country and he is in over his head. He has ran our country as if he were still a community organizer. His lack of experience in dealing on a day to day with budgets, catastrophies, taxes, insurance, tourism, investments, infrastructure, parks, food, health, crime, water/sewer, bills, etc.....is to blame for the lack of jobs, uncertainty we are all feeling, lack of confidence we all feel, people exhausting their savings.

    May 4, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. Paul

    "Greetings fellow Americans. I know we caused the tremendous job loss and ran the economy into a ditch just 3 years ago and President Obama has been trying to fix our policies, but please re elect us. Thanks!"

    May 4, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  22. Brad frm OK

    Still much better than the unemplyment rate RISING like it would be if Mitt Romney becomes president. I dont understand why some people think things just happen over night.

    May 4, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  23. Justlove

    Only in politics, we expect the worst to happen, just to capitalize on it...The republicans ran on JOBS, JOBS, JOBS in the last election, unfortunately what they meant was CUT, CUT, CUT and LOST, LOST, LOST..

    May 4, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  24. Busted

    Where are the jobs bills from Congress? It's funny how the republicans have tried to obstruct every attempt by President Obama to stimulate the economy, and then they complain when it's shown progress hasn't been as quick as people expected. This is why I don't have kids, and really don't want to have kids.

    May 4, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  25. Joi Gibson

    I know this is how the game is played, but it just seems as if Willard and Rinse jump with glee when the jobs report is less than stellar. At least it is moving in the right direction. The President has always said this is going to be a long, slow climb. You cannot fix in three years what took eight plus to create. I still have enormous faith in President Obama. I simply cannot stand with someone who seems to take glee in the face of these turbulent times. All I see from Willard is doom and gloom. Besides which, young folks can always borrow money from their parents to help them out. That man simply has no clue and lives in his own little rich world.
    OBAMA/BIDEN/FIRST LADY MICHELLE 2012!!!!

    May 4, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
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