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. TheOneIndependent

    Republicans complaining over the bad economy which they caused and the slow creation of jobs to which they have filibustered and stalled every attempt Obama has done to correct thie problem. Teh real problem is not the lack of jobs, the economy, it is the Republicans in office. Get them out so America can get busy...

    May 4, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. enuff

    It's easier to be a critic than it is to offer solutions. No where i the GOPs response is there even a hint on what they would do to solve any of this. their new "slogan" doesn't even give a positive idea, but instead panders to the negative. Is this how elections are won anymore? No real solutions or ideas but just going with "I'm not him so vote for me" ? This country is doomed if that is all there is to vote for. I bet the GOP had their response ready yesterday and was just itching to press send the minute the report was released.

    May 4, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    Clearly the American people are wondering why this recovery isn't happening faster
    No we're not. We're quite aware of the gumming up and obstruction of progress that all of your Hell No's and pledge-signing have wreaked on the country's economic recuperation. All of which makes us doubly grateful to President Obama for managing to move the economy consistently and steadily forward in spite of your lack of civic-duty and human decency.

    May 4, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. Joe

    The Republican Party's only goal is political power, so they obfuscate everything down to ridiculous arguments to create an environment that nothing gets done. IT'S PATHETIC, I'm ashamed I voted Republican my entire life

    May 4, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. Phil

    I'm kind of surprised that there are no responses to this article, then again the sound of crickets is often the response from those supporting the President when the news is not good. I'm sure the President will point to the continued decrease in the unemployment rate but not bother to explain that it is falling due to the number of people who have given up looking for a job and are no longer included in the data. So his policies have continued to frustrate millions of americans from seeking employment and at this rate we could see the unemployment rate dip into the 7.9% range by the fall. Then the President will really be proud of his accomplishment, and who knows maybe the first lady will be proud of America for a second time.

    May 4, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. jim

    they're kidding, right? it's taken HOW many years for republicans to dig us into this hole and they expect instantaneous results?

    May 4, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem is that the president's opponents are only looking at these numbers half empty. If they recall, the president walked in with job losses of some significance. Now there are many months of job growth with the national unemployment rate down from the high being over 10%. The president is likely to agree that this isn't good enough, but in order to get something done, he needs Congress to help out. I don't think that is being done.

    May 4, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  8. Lisa - VA

    If the say NO and do NOTHING Republicans get out of his way...the economy would look a lot better. I'm just saying. 🙂

    May 4, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  9. Milwtalk

    This is not progress," Mitt Romney said Friday in an interview on Fox News. Guess he was talking about WI Guy Scott Walker

    May 4, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |

    YAWN. So what is the GOP offering as an alternative? What happened to the jobs, jobs, jobs mantra? The GOP leadership got us into this mess and the Obama administration is the clean up crew. I'm sticking with the latter. Grow up, GOP.

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

    The do nothing traitorous republicans have criticisms? They don't have the credibility to matter.

    May 4, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  12. kakaraka

    Give me a break. Republicans whose watch the economy was losing 750000 jobs a month before President Obama took office don't have any credibility to criticize the President for his effort to improve the economy despite the continuing obstruction of the the same GOP. It's sad Romney and the GOP want to go backward again with the same Bush policies that created the crisis. Are they serious serious? The american people don't have short memory to forget what Bush and the GOP have done to this economy.

    May 4, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. JASON

    GOP who ran on jobs 2 years ago have done NOTHING to help it either. Talk about BLAME campaign! That's all these tools have done since Obama was sworn in!

    May 4, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. Joe

    For any Republican to argue about taxes on the wealthiest 1% is a travesty with income & wealth disparity at an all time HIGH in the history of the United States. OH WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE

    Wake up America, America has been declining for 30 years while our rich have bought interest in Foreign countries!!!!!!!!!! America appears to be just like England Ireland and Scottland before the revolution, our NOBLES have bought stakes in foreign countries and no longer are pledge alligance to America, they've pledged alligance to their corporate empires at any cost to control the wealth.

    May 4, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  15. Matt Vraspir

    Typical Republican mumbo-jumbo. Can't they produce a plan?! The republicans can lambast Obama all they want, but Mittens has yet to provide any sort of plan to recover the economy... Hummm, sounds like a lot of Hype and Blame to me. Mitt Rmoney, can critique Obama all he wants, but he also needs to provide some sort of plan to improve. Removing Obama will not solve a thing if there is no plan... Obama/Biden 2012

    May 4, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  16. Tom

    Maybe The Bush administration should of been allowed to clean up the mess they created, and they made one heck of a mess! Romney, now thats a joke. Alll he has to offer is promises of fixing what his party destroyed in their previous terms. give the Rep. another chance... No way!!

    May 4, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. Nick

    Maybe it has to do with the Repubs saying NO to everything. This unfortunately is exactly what the GOP wanted.. to them.. bad economy means a better chance for Romney.

    May 4, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. glorydays

    If only a "quick reaction" would become "quick action"....

    May 4, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. Evangenital

    The economy is weak, but I will still vote for Obama

    May 4, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. Katie

    So what do they plan to do about it? Besides pointing fingers, I mean. As far as I can see, the Republicans are directly helping the unemployment problem with their intent to keep downsizing and defunding. Just where do they think these people they displace are going to find work?

    May 4, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  21. Dan

    The GOP can't have it both ways; either the government can't create jobs or they can blame the President. All the President has tried to do is bridge the gap until the private industry hires again. The problem is, the mindset of industry hasn't changed: they want maximum gains on minimum investment. There has been no (and I wouldn't expect any) loyalty from employers. The jobs out there seem to only be taking advantage of the need by offering workers lower paying jobs.

    The President can't change greed.

    May 4, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. roro

    People are wondering why this recovery isn't happening faster? How about the Republican obstructionists who have KILLED EVERYTHING, especially THE JOBS BILL!!! Maybe passing that bill would have speeded up the recovery by providing JOBS. Reince Priebus is a joke. The Republicans got us into this mess, and they're keeping this administration from cleaning it up so Obama can be a one-term president. Remember that little meeting CANTOR AND COHORTS had during the inaugural balls scheming to accomplish just this, and to hell with the citizens, who mistakenly elected them. They're dangerous, disgusting, and treasonous.

    May 4, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  23. Data Driven

    Wow, listen to the glee from the Republicans. And yet unemployment ticked down by a tenth and 115K jobs were created. Given the near destruction of the country that occurred four years ago, I'd call this progress. We'll be suffering for years. Putting the GOP in power will only extend and intensify that suffering - after all, their policies caused the Great Recession to happen in the first place.

    May 4, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. Mark

    The economy is not broken. What we need now is jobs. When Romney says that he is the most qualified to fix the economy, he's not talking about jobs. That is why he uses the word "economy". To Romney, a good economy is one in which American based businesses are making money and the stock market is either not declining, or going up. That can be done by outsourcing more and more jobs. Romney never says he is the one best able to reduce unemployment in the United States.

    May 4, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. John

    All those anti abortion bills and oil company subsadies the republican congress has pushed have not helped? Where are the jobs Bohner?

    May 4, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
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