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. marinedad05

    It's been a long time since we see how happy the GOP.

    The smile on this guy's face says it all : "We win, when America loses!"

    May 4, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. Mike S

    Here's the brutal irony:

    They want us to believe that they would do so much better. However, their record doesn't hold up to scrutiny.

    In George W Bush's first term, you had a recession at the beginning, with a slow recovery kicking in towards the end. According to the GOP, they did well back then.

    However, from January 2001 to January 2005, the economy LOST 913,000 private sector jobs and gained 900,000 government jobs, for a net loss of 13,000.

    In Obama's first term so far, the economy has GAINED 35,000 private sector jobs and lost 607,000 government jobs for a net loss of 572,000.

    That isn't to say things couldn't be better, but I do find it ironic that the private sector has performed much better and the government much worse under Obama than under Bush, while the GOP wants you to believe that they're the champions of the private sector and the enemies of big government.

    May 4, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  3. Nelson R. Evans

    Lets be honest, Obama has not kept his pledge with change. Romney will also not live up to expectations but it is his turn to disappoint the electorate. Simple, fail to do the job, "You're fired". Time for Romney.

    May 4, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  4. Foreverwar

    If not for the train wreck the GOP made out of the economy, we wouldn't need a recovery

    May 4, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. SF

    you can blame all the republicans for where we're at today..with "NO NO NO" as their montra over the past 4 years, and 8 years of destroying the economy under Bush...to sit here and say Obama created this 8.1% unemployment is a joke!

    And for the past 4 years we have heard nothing other than NO NO NO from the republicans on trying to move this country forward...and you can thank Grover Norquist for that! you would think Grover Norquist was our president! He's a dumba$$ just like the rest in the tea party and on the right! Time to get those freshmen tea party senators and any resistant republican OUT OF OFFICE!!!!

    OBAMA 2012!

    May 4, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. Dennis

    I'll take unemployment dropping any day.

    May 4, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  7. Ol' Yeller

    So, let me get this straight... the GOP drives the car in the ditch and sets it on fire. Obama puts the fire out and begins trying to push the car out of the ditch. He asks the republicans for help, but they claim he is pushing the car wrong. So, they sit in the car and apply the brakes the whole time, while Obama continues to push. Of course this takes much longer and is much harder. Though the car is slowly coming out of the ditch, the republicans are whining and crying that it isn't happening fast enough.
    Isn't this exactly what is happening?

    May 4, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. Joe

    Life is all good in Obamaville.....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

    May 4, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. janerose

    If republicans win the Whitehouse they are going to say "It will take years to repair the economy. Obama messed this country up so bad that a republican will need to be in the Whitehouse for many many years". Bullies are sometimes predictable.

    May 4, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. tsand

    "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."

    Wait a second – Is this not expected....it is called the baby boomer generation and represents the largest amount of people out there. As they get older and retire, they drop out of the work force so this is probably a good sign as they open up jobs for others. The only way for baby boomers to retire and not be counted would be for them to die, and that is not a good thing. As the country ages, baby boomers will retire in droves, upping senior citizen numbers and opening up tons of jobs. It is going to happen as it has to happen at some point. People just havent gotten there recently as very few boomers are retiring yet, mostly because of the current economic state and state of their weak portfolios due to bad management.

    May 4, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. NoneTheAbove

    Interesting how the stated goals of the Republican leadership (i.e. obstruction of all the President's plans), when realized, become the failure of the President. Well done Repubs, you've marketed yet another back of your precious BS! I guess we'll see in a few months whether or not anyone really buys it.

    May 4, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  12. Frank

    Astonishing that the GOP is very pleased that only 115,000 new jobs were added last month. Talk about a failure of leadership-the GOP is the very definition. And these people have not one decent idea about putting anyone back to work, unless protecting the very rich on the failed theory that these folks will do that! What a joke.

    May 4, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  13. Joan

    Americans only focus on the economic reports in the US and stress that things aren't improving fast enough. Well, compared to the rest of the world the US is doing prettywell. This was a totally different recession than ever before and to compare it to others is not sensible. Many European countries are retracting, close to collapsing and have much lower GDP than America. Countries that are following austerity measure similar to what the Republicans want to do are doing terribly and it is hurting growth not helping. In fact, it looks like a liberal leaning politician may win the French election. Putting money into the economy helps more than cutting, cutting, cutting. Those who want smaller government need to realize that means cutting government jobs in education, fire fighting, police, postal services and the list goes on and on. Everyone has family members or friends in these professions. This has been a world problem, not just the US ( although it was started in the US) and recovery should be measured worldwide not just focussed on one country.

    May 4, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. Marcial

    Gop n romney always creticizing what n where their records

    May 4, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  15. LetObamaWinAgain

    It's clear the left doesn't care about this country and continues to allow Obama to pull the wool over their eyes and buy into the blame game. Despite all the hope and change crap Obama still passes budgets and regulations he knows the Republicans will reject. He does this on purpose to keep the blame train going. He has no intention of fixing things. So let him run again. Let him win. Let him continue promising free stuff to all you dead beats and watch as all his lies come to fruition. It will electing a Democrat in the future nearly impossible.

    May 4, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. tstorm92

    Oh. You mean the party that almost through America into another Great Depression is going to "react" to the jobs report?? That's FUNNY!

    May 4, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. mike

    Remember when the GOP was rallying against extending the unemployment benefits because they said there were plenty of jobs and giving people money was just incentive not to get back to work....now they are saying that there are no jobs....I wonder what they will be saying in June

    May 4, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  18. vic , nashville ,tn

    Look across Atlantic they formed a conservative government with the help of News cooperation they are going back to recession why they cut spending
    We don’t want the same here
    Now in local election voters are firing conservatives

    May 4, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  19. tstorm92

    Oh! You mean the Party that almost threw America into another Great Depression is going to react to the jobs report??? That's funny!!!!!!!!!

    May 4, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  20. Anonymous

    Re: "Clearly the American people are wondering why this recovery isn't happening faster"
    No, we know why, it is called obstructionist government by the Republicans.
    Slow growth under the Democrats is what we would expect with the GOP fighting every idea, and it sure beats the death spiral the Republicans put us in with G.W.!!!

    May 4, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  21. William Ricard

    I get a kick out of these guys, they talk like Obama is supposed to have some kind of magic wand and make things happen. The whole time these fools are doing everything possible to send jobs and investments offshore.

    May 4, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. Punisher2000

    Are they for real? all one hears are criticisms but no clear solutions or clear proposals other than reduce taxes for the rich, deregulate everything so the rich get richer, encourage outsourcing so more Americans lose jobs. I find GOPers have nothing to offer to America but antagonism and divisiveness.

    May 4, 2012 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. CanadaONE

    Does anybody remember what the unemployment rate was when the republicans were in office – but asleep...

    Thank God we don't have the GOP in CANADA !- if they would just get off the continent North America would be GREAT

    GET OUT ROMONEY !!!!

    May 4, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  24. Tom

    And the streak of consecutive job growth under Obama continues. It took 15 years to recover from the Great Depression. The GNOP is going to say they could fix the Great Recession in 3 years? Yeah, right.

    Where BO has a problem is in the swing states where recovery is not as fast as in other areas. The recovery IS working but today's US Citizen wants instant everything so it could hurt Obama.

    As others have said – it took 8 years for Bush to crash it - Obama should get 8 to fix it.

    I'd like to hear A policy by the Mittster. Seriously. All he seems to do is attack Obama and provide no solutions of his own. Wait - except "let's give more money back to the rich, because you know they created all those jobs under the Bush tax cuts all those years."

    Republican = hater.

    May 4, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  25. bnfl

    This is a perfect example how liberal policies do not work, Obama says republican polices don't work!!!!! In the last 32 years, 20 years were republican presidents!!!! We did just fine with out him. And the only thing that helped Clinton was the .com era, At the end of his presidency he left bush a bad economy.

    May 4, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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