Republicans pin blame for flat jobs report on Obama
July 6th, 2012
09:10 AM ET
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Republicans pin blame for flat jobs report on Obama

(CNN) – A weak jobs report Friday was followed quickly by finger pointing from Republicans, who blamed President Barack Obama for enacting policies that have prevented growth and dissuaded employers from hiring.

U.S. employers created 80,000 jobs in June, the Labor Department said Friday. The unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2%.

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Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney's made remarks in New Hampshire, saying the jobs report was a "kick in the gut" and that Obama's policies were costing the country jobs.

READ MORE: Romney reacts to 'kick in the gut' jobs report

House Speaker John Boehner slammed Obama for policies he said weren't working.

"Today's report shows the private sector clearly isn't 'doing fine' and that President Obama's policies have failed," Boehner wrote, making reference to a remark Obama made at a press conference in June.

In his statement, Boehner also criticized Senate Democrats for stalling on Republican-passed jobs bills. The House Speaker also pointed to an upcoming vote on continuing the Bush-era tax cuts, which he said needed to be extended to help small businesses grow.

"Republicans are listening to the American people and continuing to put economic growth and job creation front and center. We need the president and Senate Democrats to do the same," Boehner said.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus wrote in a statement the jobs report amounted to "devastating news for the millions of Americans looking for work."

"The Obama economy is defined by chronically high unemployment," Priebus wrote. "Our country is coming out of the worst quarter of job creation in two years. ObamaCare and President Obama's other policies simply are not working and disappointed Americans are ready for a new direction."

Priebus also used Friday's report to tout the ideas put forth by presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, saying Romney's business background would help him improve America's economy.

"Gov. Mitt Romney is uniquely qualified to provide the leadership our economy needs," Priebus wrote. "With his successful record in business, at the Olympics, and in Massachusetts, he has a proven track record. It's time to accept President Obama's offer of a 'one-term proposition,' send Mitt Romney to the White House, and finally get America working again."

Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Georgia, called the report "pretty pitiful" Friday morning on CNN.

'This is bad news for the president. But more importantly, it's really bad news for the American people," Gingrey said on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."

But Alan Krueger, the chairman of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, wrote in a statement that Obama's policies, while not a "quick fix," were helping the economy turn around.

"It is critical that we continue the policies that build an economy that works for the middle class and makes us stronger and more secure as we dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession," Krueger said. "There are no quick fixes to the problems we face that were more than a decade in the making. President Obama has proposals to create jobs by ending tax breaks for companies to ship jobs overseas and supporting State and local governments to prevent layoffs and rehire hundreds of thousands of teachers."

Krueger also cautioned against putting too much weight on any single monthly jobs report, saying the figures could change.

"As the Administration stresses every month, the monthly employment and unemployment figures can be volatile, and employment estimates can be subject to substantial revision," Krueger wrote. "Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report and it is informative to consider each report in the context of other data that are becoming available."

CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

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soundoff (165 Responses)
  1. Republican Failure

    Republican Rummy don't even bother pursuing the presidency even further. Do you really think you have what it takes to clean up the republican errors of overspending on military and war and failed economic policies since Reagan ?
    Obama at least has turned away from that and made the US respected around the world again.

    July 6, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. Hermes96

    The Gop Congress members are like the child rapist, that blames the kid for getting raped...The GOP have not written one decent jobs bill that was not posined by coupons for the elderly on medicare, or gave even more tax cuts to the rich...

    The poor economy is the fault of the GOP in Congress..they write the bills...

    July 6, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  3. demwit

    80,000 new jobs last month
    1,543,000 jobs lost last month (385,750 4-week average first time unemployment files 4 X 385,750 =)
    ======
    8.2% unchanged unemployment rate!?

    Err..., is this fussy math?? I'm confused again..

    July 6, 2012 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  4. Dave

    I am a republican. I refuse to pass a jobs bill or a stimulus package, so it's the presidents fault there aren't any jobs! I will not do anything to help this country until on of us is in charge and can do things that are really bad for the country!

    July 6, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  5. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    We see the same thing every first Friday of the month from republicans. Blame, blame, blame the President. Don't you find it baffling that they get a kick out of bad economic news? Whose side are they on? It certainly isn't the American People.

    July 6, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. Sirned

    Psssst.....This is what happens when Republicans block 400 jobs bills that actually put workers back to work right away. The Republicans jobs bills are all tax cuts for the rich that would do nothing for job creation except in China...

    July 6, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  7. Ryan-MN

    I'm ready for a new direction alright....How about a House that actually gets something done rather than obstruct progress. The majority in the house have made it very clear, they rather see President Obama fail than to have American workers succeed. It is sad that they can fool average working folks into thinking they watch out for their best interests as they back stab the working class repeatedly.

    July 6, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. whoCares

    If you want to create more jobs just send all the offshore workers home and give the jobs back to Americans where they should be.

    July 6, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  9. Oswald Neimon

    No. It's not that our president is dissuading employers from hiring, it's that the cheap, skinflint business owners want to drain the last bit of $6.00 and hour blood out of their last expendable employee before sliding another one on for use. Must protect the money at all cost. People are nothing. Money is everything.

    July 6, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. Canuck

    "Republicans are listening to the American people and continuing to put economic growth and job creation front and center."

    Evidence please.....

    July 6, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  11. Amazed2

    Hey Mitts and Co. are you guys not the ones whose decisions and policies started this forest fire?

    July 6, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    What are the Republicans doing to help improve the economy or create jobs?
    Nothing but complaints, and no ideas besides tax cuts.

    July 6, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  13. Eric

    LoL, I can safely say that a majority of Americans have grown tone deaf to the GOP's continued whinings...

    July 6, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  14. Mark

    Republicans blame....? Everybody blames.

    July 6, 2012 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  15. Derek

    "Today's report shows the private sector clearly isn't 'doing fine' and that President Obama's policies have failed."

    You mean the policies of caving to Wall Street, caving to Big Business, caving to the Insurance Industry & passing tax cuts?

    July 6, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. TechGuy

    Ummm, Obama inherited this mess from Bush and the GOP. Perhaps the Republicans really need to look in the mirror and blame who they see there for the botched economy.

    July 6, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  17. Dan

    Speaker Boehner, show the American people all the the jobs the Bush tax cuts created. This all can't be blamed on the President, Congress has done nothing. Rather than wasting time, try doing your job. That's what the American people pay you to do.

    July 6, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  18. guy

    i blame the "job creators" more than i blame obama. if it's their *job* to create jobs, they're failing.

    July 6, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  19. Sniffit

    Lord knows it has nothing to do with the fact that GOP/Teatrolls won control over the House in 2010 and haven't proposed or enacted a single jobs bill whatsoever, but instead chose to focus on manufacturing crises over the debt ceiling and gov't shutdowns and enact symbolic legislation over domestic social issues like abortion and contraception. No no....that just couldn't be it. Clearly, defunding Planned Parenthood and making sure that access to contraception is more difficult...those were designed to create massive numbers of jobs.

    And clearly, promising the giants of industry that if they just hold out a little bit longer and do nothing while sitting on records amount of capital that they'll be rewarded with massive tax cuts...that's going to create jobs hand over fist, right?

    July 6, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  20. Nilkinggary

    Priebus is always amusing, considering that Republican economies have been defined by chronically high deficit spending fueled by irresponsible tax rebates to the wealthy and lax financial regulations which crashed the conomy into its present morass.

    July 6, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  21. mcskadittle

    It must be the president because romney cannot blame the republicans in the house for doing nothing

    July 6, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  22. Larry L

    Republicans would have been thrilled if the jobs report would have been really bad – since they've worked to block all progress since the President took office. It's the single-most selfish and unpatriotic thing I've seen politicians do to get elected.

    July 6, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  23. Claudius

    "Republicans are listening to the American people"? Really? When and where was that? The American people are sick and tired of the games the Republicans have played during the last 4 years, rendering Congress nearly inoperable, and selling themselves at every opportunity to the highest bidder. And the best the Republicans can up with is a flip-flop candidate, whose lights are on with nobody being at home. Frankly, I do not want a President who lined his pockets by firing workers. This man is the manifestation of every thing the word hypocrisy stands for.

    July 6, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  24. AnnieTor

    Lol the Republicans out the door. The world economy is stagnant, and yet we have growth, a reduction in unemployment, and thank God the healthcare bill stays in place. Nobody but Republican politicians is listening to their bs. Ron Paul was the only Republican wwho had a chance. Romney is a tool, and not for the people.

    July 6, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  25. Rick

    Yeah, Republicans do the attacking, but creating the problem too.

    July 6, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
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