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. Ted

    Don't look for any republican owned industries to do any hiring until they control the white house . If those industries were hiring and not firing people the unemployment would be about 5% .

    May 4, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. cherrypieguy

    funny..........I can't believe that anyone in that antiquated party that is the most corrupt in political history is criticizing anybodys administration........look at what bush, wall street and the barbarian tea party has done to this country

    May 4, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. Mark

    I have noticed that people who drag out the word Liberal or Liberalism, do so because they don't have an argument. Everyone is liberal in some way so what does it mean. I mean, when it comes to putting the gravy on my mashed potatoes I am liberal. 80% of us are in the middle where the wealth of wisdom is. Pass the gravy please.

    May 4, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  4. WhatNow

    If Mr. Romney and his supporters in Congress have a plan that they think will cure all of our economic woes, then please feel free to share. I mean a plan other than the trickle down concept that has historically failed to improve job growth or provide any economic relief for the middle class. Maybe the ultra conservatives would also like to help out by making an effort to compromise. After all, this is supposed to be a democracy.

    May 4, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. Ralph in Orange Park, FL

    "If we lower taxes on the wealthy and cut benefits for the poor, we will create a lot of new jobs, only not here".

    May 4, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. Ray E. (Georgia)

    It is truly a shame that unemployment is what it is today. Obama has had more than enough time to do something. 2010 was the Summer of Recovery. Nothing improved. Too many Ivy League Educated people in the Adminstration. No common sence.

    May 4, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Not sure i understand, the logic in the GOP thumping there chests on this week Job report? The scream all the time about get Gov out of the way. We the GOP are the only ones protecting Businesses, and on the senate floor moaning that it businesses that "create jobs" not Goverment. So if jobs are only create by Business and Business is only here becasue the GOP, then isn't the GOP to blame for a bad jobs report? By the way wasn't the House GOP that keeps cutting the budgets for states/local Gov, thereby forceing states to cut jobs there by in which places more people in the unemployement line, and where by requiring more people to dip into savings, apply for state help (which there less funding for). and in the end even though all the GOP grander, the POTUS still gets to say Jobs are on the Plus side for another striaght month, and unemplyement diped again. Is it great report NO, is it still better than where we started HECK yeah. GOP= Job Killers for the avg person, and the 1% protectors for the Rich Business that they just stated aren't hiring fast enough. Humm I wonder way???

    May 4, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. Omni

    Yeah, it figures that the GOP would say that. They've done all they can to keep this economy down. They really think that we have forgotten the debt and job loss of the Bush years. We don't need more republicans F-ing things up again. Especially not Mitt Romney signing the bills.

    May 4, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  9. Anonymous

    Patrick, you said it! The Republican-controlled congress is the problem here. They are the ones that do not care about the average American. Wake up, America! Answer it this November!

    May 4, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  10. eroteme

    This is why Obama is running for president instead of reelection.

    May 4, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  11. Larry

    Patrick Ernst, it's the Democratic Party which is the party of No....No budget!

    May 4, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  12. Sniffit

    "...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."

    You hear that Wall Street and all ye corporate plutocrats? You better start doing a better job keeping things messed up or you're not gonna get your preferred puppet.

    May 4, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. Anonymous

    Do your party a big favor and drop the Hype and Blame logo, Priebus. Not only is it extremely stupid – but it mocks those who in 2010 voted for Republican representatives fully expecting Congress and the President to work together to help solve their economic struggles. Americans ... including your own party members ... know full well who is obstructing job growth and who isn't. The logo only adds to the conversation and actually does bring to light why our president is having to revisit those issues that republicans would rather America forget: the Bush economic disaster caused by tax cuts which to date haven't provided any jobs whatsoever. Nor did the Bush tax cuts ever provide any jobs.

    May 4, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. BillSD33

    Please tell me how Romney, et al would fix the problem. Get rid of all regulations, let corporations do whatever they want. There is a reason Unions were created, environmental regulations were created, auditing became mandatory. It's not because corporations are benevolent and only think of our welfare!!

    May 4, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. Paul1st

    Reminds me of the parable[sic] where Jesus walked on water that the GOP immediately shouted of "See? He can't swim!"

    May 4, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  16. Skeptic

    Progress... it so not progressive.

    May 4, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  17. jtgod5

    seems that is what the republicans are doing a lot of lately – P.E. – too bad they don't have a Viagra pill for the P.E. of the mouth syndrome Romney has as his worst ailment. Sad for him.

    May 4, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  18. slippery

    Forked tongueless abound in the trickle down clan.

    May 4, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  19. Jon King

    Repugs spent 8 years in the china shop with baseball bats breaking our country....now they want someone to fix it in 3 years? Comical.

    May 4, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  20. Weasley

    No, RNC chairman, The People are not wondering why the job report was not stronger than it should have been, because The People know why.

    The People fully realize that it's the obstructionist Republicans in Congress that are preventing the economy from fully recovering. The obstructionist Republicans who stand in the way of EVERY SINGLE BILL that the Democrats and President Obama put forth, because failure of this administration is their goal, their only goal.

    The Republican part does not want the economy to recover, otherwise they wouldn't have these in-your-face moments, and we all know the Republicans desire President Obama's failure more than anything in heaven and earth.

    The new GOP slogan: Party First, America Second

    May 4, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  21. concernedjoy

    To flatbrushfred: Maybe part of the problem for the last 2 years of Bush's administration was the fact that the Senate and House were controlled by Democrats.

    May 4, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  22. Patrick

    I guess he GOP policies of cut spending and tax breaks for the jopb creators sis not working as planned.

    May 4, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  23. jt35

    No need to read the article. I'm sure the response goes like this... He's the worst POTUS ever... The drop doesn't mean anything... Things would be soooo much better if he wasn't in office. Blah, blah, blah. Just follow the shiny object and don't pay attention to what precipitated the recession or how deep the hole was or how long experts said it would take to get out of the hole. Most didn't seem to think a full recovery would happen until the housing market really turned around. And that was projected to take 5-10 years.

    May 4, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  24. Jrae1

    Where are all the jobs Republicans claim would trickle down if the rich keep getting tax breaks?? The current administration is doing just fine considering what they inherited and the obstructionist tactics of the 'right'. Obama said at the beginning of his administration that it would take time to get our economy back on track and as long as the numbers are going up – he has my support.

    May 4, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  25. Tea Party

    Positive Job Growth is a bad thing. Just look at Romney...The Job Killer.

    May 4, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
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