Republicans quick to react to jobs report
May 4th, 2012
09:12 AM ET
3 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. Steve

    The American people know why jobs are still lagging behind the recovery. The transfer of money from the poor and middle class to the rich is the cause. Seventy percent of GDP is consumer spending. The consumers are the poor and middle class. It is Republican policies that are causing the jobs to lag behind the recovery. Look at what they do and not what they say.

    May 4, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. Lynn

    Maybe he should remeber the employment rate when he governed Massachusetts. It took 8 years for them (the repubicans) to put us in this mess, clearly it will take longer than 3 to get us out. Oh I forgot, Obama is the president, he has to go above and beyond!

    May 4, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  3. Canuck

    Interesting how Republicans are always keen to invoke the thoughts of 'the American people' when they really have no intention of helping 99% of them, and yet they have convinced many of 'the American people' that Obama is a muslim socialist out to get them . The people are just dumb and the GOP are just plain evil.

    May 4, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. I DESPISE POLITICIANS

    "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.

    LET ME SPELL IT OUT FOR YOU R-E-P-U-B-L-I-C-A-N-S ARE THE HOLD UP. YOU SACRIFICE YOUR COUNTRY TO MAKE A PRESIDENT ONE TERM. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE NOT STUPID. WELL SOME OF THEM ARE NOT AT LEAST. YOU CAN SPIN IT HOWEVER YOU MAY PLEASE, I DO NOT WISH ANYONE UNEMPLOYMENT EXCEPT ONE PERSON REINCE PREIBUS

    May 4, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  5. Jon

    Looks like Republicans are regarding the jobs slowdown as good news. Too bad Obama had to inherit the mess they created in the first place.

    May 4, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  6. Logic

    Because if McCain had one we'd all be driving BMWs and have gold plated swimming pools... right.

    May 4, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  7. steve

    obama is trying to wreck the economy but capitalism is more resillient than he thought. Give him another four years and he 'll finish his work. We shouldn't try to hide our agenda any longer. We want to destroy capitalism. Obama gives us the best chance to accomplish this.

    May 4, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. craig

    Save me the croc tears, if we we study the jobs numbers we will see that a large number of people who are out of work are people who used to work for the government. That being said, we are screwed either way in November.

    May 4, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. Publius Novus

    It's not happening faster for two main reasons: Mitch McConnell and John Boehner.

    May 4, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  10. Raq

    Yeah, yeah! If you've never been the POTUS than you can say what you'll do when you're elected but the POTUS only has so much power. The people that should have been helping him were only thinking about themselves not what's best for the USA. Republicans & Democrats alike only want to further their agendas, money in their pockets & the Hell with the rest of us until it's an Election Year. No wins when you stifle, block, deadlock progress whether you like the POTUS or not. We didn't get into this bad economy overnight & won't come out of it overnight. Everyone has to learn some lifestyle changes in the end & Stop looking for magic to happen all of a sudden with the economy.

    May 4, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. keeth

    Where are the jobs from the Bush tax cuts? Where are the jobs that Boehner promised two years ago?

    May 4, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  12. Marley

    To GOP House Majority and GOP Fillibuster Senate: what have you done to create jobs after 2 years in control?

    May 4, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. ace1

    And the answer according to the Repubs is the same old tired recipe as before, more tax breaks for the "job creators". Instead of increasing the tax on the wealthy and decreasing the tax on the middle class, the consumers. Employment numbers will improve as soon as Washington gets it, that "it" is the consumers drive the economy not the so called "job creators".

    May 4, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. V in Chicago

    Check out the smirk on his face. These Republicans don't care one bit about how the people of this country are affected, they are just besides themselves to get any negative news while President Obama is in office. The smirk says it all!
    What happened to all the jobs that were supposed to be created because the Bush Tax Cuts were extended??? It's all a game folks, and the Republicans want to win so bad, they don't care who gets thrown under the bus in the process.

    May 4, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. toby

    I guess President Obama is relying on Jimmy Carter's reelection strategy.

    May 4, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. wcb2009

    There are no jobs becuase of corporate greed and the republican party is working very hard to preserve this condition.

    May 4, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. Metteyya Brahmana

    As anyone who has studied economics knows, 5% unemployment 'has' been considered historically to represent the percentage of the workforce that is in-between jobs, making the REAL unemployment rate at about 3%. Most modern-day economists have upped this "in flux number" to about 7% because of continued losses in our manufacturing base which requires workers more time out of work to update skills in training for service-based jobs with LIVABLE WAGES. Thus, the current REAL unemployment rate is right at about 1-2%.

    The problem for Romney AND the GOP in Congress, is that the unemployment rate is likely to drop even further into the 7.5% range by November, defeating Romney's entire rationale for wanting voters to choose him over Obama, as worries about the economy recede into the background. This would put the Obama jobs recovery right at about the same 7.4% unemployment level as Reagan had during his re-election bid in November of 1984, in which Reagan, like Obama, was also struggling with a slow jobs recovery.

    As much as Romney's supporters want to believe that Romney is some sort of genius because he made a lot of money in a bottom-feeder private equity firm preying on financially vulnerable businesses like a loan shark, he really was not that smart in developing his" I AM RUNNING FOR COMMERCE SECRETARY" campaign strategy, as the voter knows that being a great president is SO MUCH MORE than what a Commerce Secretary typically does.

    May 4, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. Church

    These Repugnants seem to have a very short memory.
    In eight years, Cheney/Bush bankrupted this country to the benefit of the wealthy, and now they are blaming Obama for the mess.

    May 4, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  19. Dave A

    Repubes have ONE idea: Make the rich richer. end of story

    May 4, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. Four and The Door

    Mario
    Republican Control house need to start working for the American People and start passing some bill to get people back to work.
    ______________________________________________________________________________________________
    They did, Mario. Take for instance the Ryan Path to Prosperity federal government budget. This was jobs creation along with spending reduction and deficit reduction. Failed in The Democratic Senate. The problem was, it was not a big government philosophy. Obama would not have signed it anyway. As if any of his big government spending bills in the name of jobs ever did anything except drive up debt. I would argue they killed jobs. Contrary to Obama's philosophy, we will not buy our way back to prosperity with new government debt. He proved that does not work. No thanks.

    May 4, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. Kahuna

    The GOP is hoping the voters will not remember that they are the ones who nearly destroyed the economy in e first place.

    BTW, all those commenters here blaming Oama for TARP, check yer history. TARP occurred under Bush.

    May 4, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  22. Joe_Politcal_Spectacle

    1. Question: Who broke the economy? Answer: GOP Government
    2. Question: Who is trying to fix it? Answer: Obama Administration
    3. Question: Who is trying to stop him from fixing it? Answer: GOP Congress
    4. Question: How can American people help? Answer: Vote out the GOP Congress
    5. Question: What is the dumpest thing to do? Answer: Go back to the failed GOP policies that brought American's economy down.

    Mitt should tell Americans why Bush policies failed and what Bush should have done different. But for Mitt to oppose Obama without solution to move America forward, it is totally irresponsible. As severly conservative as I am, I am still waiting for the conservative solution. Right now, none, none, none but I'm waiting for solution that will stop me from voting for the most Liberal President ever. I'm waiting, waiting, waiting.....

    May 4, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  23. Marley

    Bush/GOP policies gave us a GREAT DEPRESSION unemployment trend of 25-35%.

    Had Mormon Bishop Mittens or any other GOPer been President, that trend would have continued.

    Obama ended that trend.

    May 4, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  24. Tracy

    How many jobs has Mitt Romney created in the last 6 years that he has been running for POTUS...? Thought provoking isn't it. He should try to lead by example! He still has a few months before th November election, is he is so good at creating jobs maybe he should put his money where his mouth is.

    May 4, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  25. THADDEUS ANDERSON

    The republicans have doomed themselves. They've isolated themselves from minorities, women, the yourh, and decided to go with older white voters, but that demographic will become a minority in short order thus reducing the republican party to the whigs in just a matter of a decade. And the Republicans can be proud of their history of doing ... nothing.

    I really don't get how people can look at the sides the parties take and not immediately realize that the Republicans are just bad people. They are constantly fighting to harm the most vulnerable people in our society. That's all they do. Day in and day out. How can that not bother somebody? Are there really people out there whose conception of morality is so radically different than mine that in their world trying to harm the weak is "good" and trying to help those who need help is "bad"?!
    Time after time, Democrats stepped up to take the tough actions needed to prevent economic collapse while Republican­­s buried their heads in the sand.

    May 4, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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