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. Abhi

    there is a structural shift; the tertiary economy that had spurred job growth in USA has been shifted out; the quartenary economic sector has not yet been recognized yet and will take about 2 decades to come back to normal. Some of these were result of 'free market hypothesis' which was built around the model that governs physics and not social sciences.

    May 4, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. Dave

    This crap has been going on since Kennedy in the 1960's and applies to both parties, spend, spend, spend. Make the sheep of this country depend on the Govenment to feed and cloth them, both parties. People wake up, use the brain and eyes that God gave you, and stop believeing all the crap that comes out of Washington. Our Government has gotten so big that is is unsustainable. Millions of people are out of work, our COUNTRY is slowly going down the toilet financially. All you people can do is bash each other and nothing gets done, just like our House and Senate. Look at the whole picture not just what the media and this government want you to hear and see. We all need to work together to get it done. Think about it!!!!!

    May 4, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. mopery

    More political hype to turn into sound-bites...I'll tell you what we really need to do to fix the situation:

    We need our military invade the Cayman Islands and recover our money from the thieving Wall Street CEO's who thought they could blame the entire financial crisis on Bernie Madoff. All that money gone, but how many white collar robber barons have actually been brought up on charges? Not enough. They made a lone Jew into the scapegoat for financial misdeeds, and figured that the story would keep us distracted until we forgot what happened. Meanwhile our supposed "4th branch", the press, has been bought by corporate oligarchs and instructed to keep us all pacified with entertainment fodder while our country collapses around us.

    May 4, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. James Mason

    I appreciate the claim that the recovery is weak. What I don't get is how the policies and the party that created the disaster to begin with, would be taken seriously as an alternative! So the fire department isn't putting things out fast enough? Maybe – but do you put the arsonist back in charge?!?!!!

    May 4, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. jordan

    I am 56 years old and look for work every day at least 4 times per day.I do this over and over and over since last July 2011.I have filled out more Apps than I ever did in my whole life all put together and I am now 56 !
    That means that since my first job back when I was 16 looking back at how many times I remember filling out Apps they would not total the amount of faceless emails and filling out forms on Internet.I only spoke to around 10 jobs in person.I feel like just giving up but must continue.If I do stop it is only a matter of a short time and I will be homeless.
    GOP You have done not a thing to help us out.You are to busy moving jobs to China, ETC.Go pick on Obama.He inherited the World your Party created.

    May 4, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  6. Sue

    If you want jobs stop blaming the President and tell the REPUBLICAN congress to pass the jobs bills that the President has sent them.....all they have done is pass cultural laws that harm women.

    May 4, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. Kevin

    Okay, Bush didn't crash the economy. Lax regulations, the encouragement of homeowners to take out a mortgage to buy a home (the American Dream!), and the banks' willingness to give mortgages to people with low credit and with no down-payment caused the financial collapse. Both Democrats and Republicans were encouraging people to borrow, borrow, borrow. Anyone who compares today to 2007 is ignorant, and frankly, anyone who blames Bush for the financial crisis is ignorant. It was a totally different time, totally different circumstances. If Obama had been president at that time, he would have destroyed our economy even further, because he has no economic sense.

    May 4, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. RIck

    Too bad that this has become the party of greed, hypocrisy, hate, slander, and now just stupidity....

    May 4, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    so Republicans LOVE cheering a slow or bad economy is that right? When the numbers are over 200,000 added a month you hardly hear a peep from them, or if you do they want to give credit to the new 2010 House Republicans for it....yet if the numbers are not so good of course it's all Obama's fault. Americans basically aren't stupid and many see this blame game pattern they have. Plus jobs added is FAR better than NO jobs added. Besides government does NOT create jobs, right?

    May 4, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. commonsense

    The repubs cut funding to schools and local communities, thus lay-offs occur...this adds to the problem. The repubs are to blame for constantly saying NO to the many plans the Democrats have to create jobs-like building new bridges and roads, which are falling apart, the repubs have no plan except to defeat our President-they do not care about Americans or jobs. Do not let these repub near our government, they are not fit to serve.

    May 4, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. peter

    So the Republicans tune is no long "where is the recovery"? but "the recovery is taking too long".

    Romney is already feeling out many ex-Bush staffers to "advise" him on International affairs (which he admits is not his strong suit).

    Uh Oh. Here we go again.

    May 4, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. Brian

    Typical democrats.... Obama is the food stamp president that will make sure the whole country is banckrupt before he leaves office.

    May 4, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. alan

    Let me get this straight...the GOP-led Bush administration leads us into the greatest depression in US history by promoting their failed policies of greed and free markets. They single handedly ruin the lives of millions...lost retirements, bankruptcy, foreclosures. Now they claim they have the solutions...more failed policies that didn't work here, more austerity measures that have failed in countries around the globe and unfairly place the greatest hardship on those who can least afford it. All the while increasing the government handouts to billionaires and oil companies....you can't make this stuff up

    May 4, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Rajiv Shaw

    The GOP is disappointed that unemployment is falling? They should be...hah!

    May 4, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. GT

    How so? For two years, Democrats controlled the Presidency, the Senate and the House of Representatives. Still, in over 3 years, they have not passed a budget. 3 years! Meanwhile, the Republican controlled House, for the last two years, has made countless attempts to pass legislation to control deficit spending, reform Medicare and SS. Yet, they consistently hear "No" from the Democratically controlled Senate and the President. The facts disprove your statement.

    May 4, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. Kristin

    We understand completely why the economy is not rebounding faster. Obstructionist inhabit the House. DUH

    May 4, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  17. We vote for better times

    Both parties suck enough at their jobs that we should expect to continue our economic woes for quite some time. They have shown that their group mentality isn't capable of achieving anything other than making the people sacrifice their liberties and their happiness for mirages of security and better futures. None of them are willing to choose solutions that reform those things that are causing the problems anyway, They will cling onto bad policy because their party initiated it and they don't want to show that they are responsible for poor policy decisions. Once again I move for a vote of no confidence and suggest large scale political reform from the top down.

    May 4, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. Mamaboats

    If the Republicans concentrated more on working together to solve the country's problems instead of working so hard to work against the "black" President, maybe we could get somewhere as a country....they are interested in power...not the people...and anyone who believes different is deluding themselves.

    May 4, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  19. Christopher

    Funny that they weren't "reacting" when their guy was in the White House and we were losing millions of jobs in the economy instead of not adding enough.

    May 4, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Bush tax cuts for the rich was suppose to create jobs according to the GOP not wealth for the richest. The GOP said the Bush tax cuts would "trickle down" and that would create jobs. The only thing that "trickles down" is water, the GOP knows this but sold this to the American people as if we're all stupid.

    May 4, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  21. Bruce

    Wow. So the Party of No sees the negative in the jobs report. Who would have thought? The Republicans usually say something positive. Oh, wait, no they don't. They NEVER say anything positive about the current administration. They do not care for this country. They only care about being in power. Sad.

    May 4, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. Steve

    soooo...what happened to the mandate the American people supposedly gave the repubs in the last election? You know, the ones the repubs touted over and over and over again and again about how they wewre going to start the jobs ball in this country, when they said the American people have spoken?

    I guess, like usual, the American people spoke, and the repubs ignored them. Not that the dems are much better, but I dont remember them crowing about how the American people had "decided".

    Maybe the repubs should get on with their show then, and not the sideshow about making their buddies richer and the rest of us poorer.

    May 4, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  23. concernedjoy

    To Patrick Ernst: No, it is not true. The republicans have sent job bill after job bill, budget plans, but Harry Reid will not allow the Senate to even debate the bills, let alone vote on them. And yes, the Democrats will not agree with the bills being sent since each party obviously have totally different ideas on how to help this economy. But WHO is the party of NO, when the Democrats won't even sit down to debate the bills?

    May 4, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. JohnReedjr

    If the republicans had done anything to help the economy instead of filibustering everything and threatening to shut down the government, they might be able to criticize. And to argue the Obama had his chance with the stimulus...well 700 billion was only the tourniquet on the wound they created under Bush. To stop the bleeding we need @3.5 trillion dollars and a re-allocating of our wealth. The middle class drives the economy. Give the middle class more money. Share the productivity increase.

    May 4, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. Joe_Politcal_Spectacle

    I remember a great man ten years ago, very healthy and properous. To help him to continue this path, he was introduced to a multivatmin call Bushvite, made by Repubite National Company, RNC. He was on this medication for 8 good years. He became so sick that he nearly died. As you all know that health is wealth, he lost all that he had. He was introduced to another medication call Obamaron. Obamaron started to make him well again but not as fast as the maker of Obamaron had expected. Then RNC, was not pleased with the rate of recovery after the severe damages done by their product Bushvite and they are introducing Mittinite. With RNC not telling us what is wrong with Bushvite, without apology to this man for making him sick.It is totally irresponsible for RNC to start critisising Obamron for not healing the man fast enough. It would be foolish for this man to even listen to RNC, talkless of wanting to try Mittinite. Americans know better!

    May 4, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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