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. Mark

    What "policies" have republicans actually put in place to stimulate the economy over the last few years? And what "policies" has the Obama administration put in place that aren't stimulating the economy. Seems to me that everything that Obama has suggested that would require the cooperation of the House has not happened. Whose fault is that?
    I don't recall hearing ANYTHING that the House has done that would remotely look like a jobs program.

    So who is fooling who here? The republicans can talk all they want about how their "policies" help the economy, but if you look at the recent record (since the melt-down a few years ago)... nada.

    The fact is that the Republicans on the Hill have only two goals – getting back into the White House and winning the Senate . The economy? They know that they're better off if it's bad, so they actuallly do nothing but prevent anything that looks like it would help from happening. The fact that the unemployed and under-employed suffer? Tough luck. It's not their fault. (And the sad thing is that the same people who suffer from the obstructionism of Repbulicans on the Hill will vote for them in the fall. Pathetic...)

    July 6, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. Brennan

    I'm sorry, what has Congress passed that is viable and will help jobs? Can't point the finger without looking in the mirror first. Only plan we've heard is lower taxes on the rich.

    July 6, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. 3 Branches

    Um, there are three branches of government. Congress, which is controlled by the Republicans, has the power to set economic policies and the spending power. The president's role in domestic economic policy is secondary to congress. If you believe the Republicans right now, you have been duped. If they had been in control of congress in 2009, we would be in a severe depression right now.

    July 6, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  4. ShrinkingClass

    The CONGRESS approved work visas are what brought down the towers on 9/11, the times square bomber, and the underwear bomber!

    NOW CONGRESS is approving even more work visas to bring middle easterners to the UNITED STATES TO DISPLACE US citizens in their jobs by India foreigners! The most destruction to the united states and CONGRESS and the media are giving it a pass!

    College degreed, skilled, experienced US citizens are being forced to TRAIN entry level foreigners from India, and then the U.S. citizens is layed off. tell congress and the media.....stop working against U.S. citizens!

    July 6, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  5. Karm99

    What is that sound?

    Oh, it is the cheering from the Republican Congress. Another good day in their plan to destroy Obama, and their willing sacrifice of the American People.

    This is one voter who knows what you are doing and you will not get my vote.

    July 6, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  6. vic , nashville ,tn

    Today morning in Starting Point Rep. Phil Gingrey, said he won’t give credit to president Obama for lower unemployment rate in Georgia,
    The way he spoke in the show insult to southern republicans like us , he thinks we are idiots and what ever he say we have to buy it

    July 6, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  7. Duane - St. Pete FLA

    Obama has NEVER gotten the jobless rate down below 8%.......your fired!!!!!!!

    July 6, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  8. Liberal media

    Amazing you headline is "rebublicans go on attack" when the story is about the jobs report.

    July 6, 2012 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. Name

    What the Gop is going to say when the jobs numbers gets good

    July 6, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. OCCUPY WALLSTREET FOR SENATE 2016!!

    Gotta love it.

    The GOP party is part of the problem yet they refuse to take part of the blame.

    Instead it's all obama's fault.

    July 6, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. nc1965

    Headline: Republicans pin blame for flat jobs report on Obama

    Yea Republicans. It's easy to pin the blame on Obama they are the reason for the problem.

    July 6, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. BlueDem1

    Another month of positive job growth. The Rethug's are mad because they wish the economy had SHED jobs.

    July 6, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. MrLeft

    So the US economy created jobs...The economy did not lose jobs...and thats bad news? I say it could be worse. Conservatives need to employ patience and stop using this for political gains. Grow up!

    July 6, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  14. dj

    The Republicans should be happy. They've been doing everything possible to kill the recovery and make the president look bad. Who cares if it hurts the voters.

    July 6, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. demwit

    Those dasterly Repubs..

    Stocks
    Dow 12,764.26 -132.41
    Nasdaq 2,945.93 -30.19
    S&P 500 1,355.19 -12.39

    July 6, 2012 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  16. Darryl

    The Jobs have been held back in Congress from day 1. Pres.Obama has The Jobs Act and the Republicans have delibertly not done a thing about it. The Senate passed it but the House would not even look at it period. Millions of jobs have been held back just so the economy will make the President look bad. It's been their main goal to not do anything in Washington for the economy on jobs. But it is their main goal to make the President a 1 term President.It's a shame this group of elected people can behave this way not to mention make the people of this country continue to suffer just to make their agenda work for selfish reasons.You will see a backlash !

    July 6, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  17. WASP

    so as i understand it; obama didn't follow any of the bush-era policies, yet the republicans are crying about needing to go a different direction.................hmmmmm sounds like they want to return back the way we came. i strongly disagree that trickle down econ, or giving tax breaks to big business will help anyone but the wealthy. here's a good idea republicans how about another "tax-rebate" because us working class folks got so much out of that nice little bus era action.

    July 6, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  18. Donkey Party

    The "blame" should be placed squarely on the Republicans, who have blocked every single effort the President has made to help the economy grow. "Obamacare" isn't even fully implemented, and the parts which are aren't hurting the economy, and the Republicans have obstructed all of the President's policies to improve the economy, so tell us, domestic terrorist GOP, which Obama policies are hurting the economy??? The GOP should be held in contempt of the American people, or better yet, shot for treason.

    July 6, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  19. John

    Mittens wants to create jobs. That's funny. His track record shows he does a better job of eliminating them and he made himself wealthy doing so. Which way is the wind blowing today, Mittens?

    July 6, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. sim

    The right wing is like a bunch of vandals who burn down the house and then complain it's not being rebuilt fast enough for them. Who did they think would pay for their wars? Clearly not them. How could the markets sustain the sort of outright thievery our corporate culture was (and is) committing? Well, they couldn't. And who is their choice to run our nation? The CEO of Bain Capital, the man with a dancing horse. Romney has grown fat drinking your blood and he drinks it every hour of every day.

    July 6, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. Jon

    "Gov. Mitt Romney is uniquely qualified" yeah right. Use the same policy's that outsourced jobs, running Massachusetts into the ground, that'll be a plan.

    July 6, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  22. AL In Palm Beach County, FL

    80,000 new jobs = bad
    -750,000 jobs = good

    Republicans, caveman style.

    July 6, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. Thomas

    oh noes! He's reigning in spending, so now he's killing jobs!!!
    *thou hast caused me to rend my garment*
    pinheads...

    July 6, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  24. jk in MN

    I THOUGHT it was the legislative branch that is responsibble to passing legislation that builds our economy, not the executive branch. Sorry, GOP – the blame sits with you and your lust for Obama to lose re-election rather than fixing the economy. I'd say what the GOP has been up to since 2010 borders on treason in my book.

    July 6, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  25. rico

    Republicans always go on attack. They are like a pack of vicious dogs just looking for red meat. Actually they have desensitized me to their frenzied madness. Here's a thought...rather than having just Keystone on the agenda with temporary positions for a limited number of people for jobs get something like the Presidents job program of fixing our infrastructure. That would employ millions of people long term and cover a magnitude of trades and professions. What's wrong with you people?

    July 6, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
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