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. carly

    As expected from the party with zero ideas. What is their plan? Oh yea cut taxes for the rich to create jobs. Hey bozos that hasn't work in over a decade. Vote out all right wing nuts in 2012.

    May 4, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  2. Anonymous

    8.1% unemployment is lowest in years. How can this not be good?

    May 4, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. JohnnyInSNJ

    I don't think Republicans are going to get very far with "why isn't this happening faster"...when they are the ones that sabotaged it to slow it down.

    May 4, 2012 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  4. Kansas Cowboy

    And massive tax cuts for the top 1% and killing the EPA so the water aint for my horses to drink will fix it?

    May 4, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. Joey

    And the RNC job plan is?
    They will help rapidly lower unemployment by?
    Mitt will help people get jobs by?
    Please no fox news bs talking points, give me these two actual plans, we know President Obama plan, I'm tired of the lies from these two!

    May 4, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  6. Anonymous

    “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"

    Very disappointing, Mitt. Even worse is the absolute silence coming from the GOP in their unwillingness to work with the president in passing jobs bills already drafted to help alleviate the difficult times many Americans are facing.

    May 4, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. Scott

    The republicans do realize that when the numbers go down, that means they're improving, right? Because I'm pretty sure the numbers used to be at 9%, then 10%, and probably higher? Unless I have the whole numbers thing wrong?

    May 4, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  8. 2cents4free

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

    May 4, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. Emerson

    Open Memo to Chairman Reince Priebus:

    What is the GOP plan for jobs that is going to save this country? Please explain why, other than the basest sort of greed, does your party promulgate the economic fiction that lowering taxes will create jobs (ask Herbert Hoover) and why does your party have no interest in creating a solution to help this country forward? You have no idea how ridiculous you and Congressional Republicans look openly rooting for the economy to tank so that you can discredit the President.
    The irony is eviedent to a house plant, why not to you? Better grab as much cash as you can before Election Day. You will need it while waiting on line to collect your unemployment check (which I hope you will refuse out of principle).

    May 4, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  10. HolyChrist

    Spin! Spin! Spin! Tell us again how Republican policies aren't destroying America?

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

    This is what's wrong with our government. Good news and the republicans say this stuff. Just garbage. They don't want to really fix things.

    May 4, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  12. Charles

    More tax breaks for the rich. It worked so well when Bush did it...Don't ya think.

    May 4, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. Jackie

    The economy isn't going to be better until Obama is gone.

    May 4, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  14. Jan930

    What job bill has the republicans pass since 2010? I don't recall them talking about nothing except abortion. And trying to make everything look like President Obama is a bad President.

    May 4, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  15. tourcat

    Can't wait to hear Dems excuses for Obama's terrible record on jobs.

    May 4, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. Ronda in Houston,TX

    So this is NEWS??? A course the Repubs react to job reports. They certainly don't know how to create jobs.

    May 4, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  17. NOW COMES MITT OF ROMNEY

    Thank God at least, Bush led us into this mess, with unpaid two wars and the worst economic disaster, now we are making progress

    May 4, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  18. jason

    easy to ignore the massive job loss your policies would result in when it isn't your policies that are being practiced, eh?

    May 4, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  19. TYSPOCK

    The thing I like about Mitt Romney is that if you do not like his position – he will gladly change it for you ! It is one on the rare benefits of not having a spine !

    May 4, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  20. Surfer George

    Without reading a single word of the article, I can tell you the article says that Republicans say:
    Its ALL President Obama's fault, things might SEEM to be getting better but they're REALLY getting worse.
    This is an indication that the economy is about to go into a double dip of a recession (DEPRESSION) that never really ended.
    This is Obama's economy, he has to take responsibility some time.

    Did I miss anything?

    May 4, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  21. Independent Voters

    I wondering why the republicans didnt say that when Bush destroy american jobs. Ask Romney why he outsource american jobs overseas. Republican stop complaining about President Obama and want yall do something to brings jobs back that we lost under Bush.

    May 4, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  22. longtooth

    Bad news for the Prez. Good news for the party that devoted all its energy since his inauguration to making him fail. GOP wins, America loses.

    May 4, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  23. K3Citizen

    Romney should know how failed job creation goes. He was 48th out of 50 in job creation.

    May 4, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. ST

    I have full trust in Pres. Obama that in 2 years to come, with this pace of recovery, the economy will be in a stable and in full swing situation. I don't trust Romney and his fellow republicans. It is just only talks and they have not proved anything to us that we should trust what they say. Sorry, we are not buying words, we are buying deeds.

    May 4, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. Bernie

    how long will it take us to realized that government does not create jobs

    May 4, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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