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

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. shocker

    The GOP plan to block job-creating spending bills then blame the lack of jobs on the President continues on track.

    July 6, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. BEn275

    I point the finger at tax breaks for the rich. If it worked then why do we have a weak jobs report? Shouldnt tax breaks have created all kinds of jobs? I cant wait to vote for OBAMA again in Nov!

    July 6, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. InVT

    Wow, it is almost like the Republicans in Congress are holding up everything and preventing any jobs plans from passing for a reason!
    As long as Americans are so stupid to keep voting for Republicans who place party before country, and are willing to keep them unemployed for political gain, you can expect more and more of this.

    July 6, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. Big_D

    They blocked everything that Obama tried now the GOP is trying to cash in on what they created. It is sad how the US public can be worked like a chump by the GOP.

    July 6, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. mrpopular

    Not "doing fine" ... that is what we get electing an amateur.

    July 6, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  6. another1

    Republicans are full of it. Lying to serve their own interests and not the countries, they are traitors. They themselves have stated that their only goal is defeating Obama, not creatimg jobs, so nobody should trust them.

    July 6, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. AK-steve

    Any growth in jobs is good. The GOP never talked about jobs under W Bush – because we were loosing 100,000's of them each month.

    The fact is the GOP killed jobs and raised are deficit. Now they do nothing to change it and blame the president for everything.

    July 6, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. Big_D

    Bush was losing 750,000 jobs a month and you want the GOP back?

    July 6, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. Anne-Florida

    Every month it is the same, low jobs resport, republicans screaming about lack of jobs. Weren't these teabodies elected in 2010 to create jobs? Aren't the Bush tax cuts in place to create jobs? anyone that thinks giving them the WH and Senate and letting them be in control of everything is just nuts!!

    July 6, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  10. rob

    Obama 2012

    July 6, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  11. Scott

    Lets face the facts, Obama's job plan is just not working. It has nothing to do with congress, or anything else, we just have a President that has no financial smarts. I am not saying Romney would do any better, thou i personally think he would, if for only the reason he has a background in business. Now some of you think if Romney gets elected he will outsource jobs. This outsourcing, etc that you hear from the Obama campaign is a complete lie, even the Washington Post admits it. Its time we pick a new leader and direction for this country, Obama just cannot get it done.

    July 6, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. Chipster

    Yes, of course they do. Republicans refuse to accept responsibility for anything. The do-nothing Republican Congress won't even pass jobs bills that THEY supported because their #1 mission is to make Obama fail. They boldly announced that publicly. If the nation fails and people suffer in the process, they really don't care. It's about power, money, and performing for the corporate thieves they represent.

    July 6, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  13. SafeJourney

    Just watch the repubs jump for joy at this news. It is exactly what they want ,Americans to suffer as the repubs obstruct. The repubs dont care about Americans, they just care about their wealthy buddies as they try to "buy" their way to POTUS.

    July 6, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    They blame the lack of job creation on the economic instability that they themselves cause... Where are all the jobs the "job creators" are supposed to provide with their tax cuts?

    July 6, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  15. Todd in DC

    The republican's solution is to lower taxes for the top 1% so that their executive boards and shareholders can make money.

    It won't actually help anyone else, but for the rest of us, we can still vote republican because God wants us to.

    Or something like that.

    July 6, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. Big_D

    Remember the "Job Creators" got to keep their tax cut thanks to the GOP filibuster on our taxes. Where are the jobs they promised and the Tea Party promised? They kept their tax rate even when they didn't deserve it.

    July 6, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. ted

    hey big companies were waiting for the ruleing on Obamacare.

    July 6, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. AM

    How about putting the "strong" republican plan out for everyone to see that DOESN'T involve trickle down economics. How about someone on either side doing anyting to pull all the outsourced jobs back to America? You know Romney won't do it. How about granting tax breaks to business that do ALL of their manufactuing in the States? How about something as simple as not allowing anything with an American flag on it to be printed, manufactured, or anything outside this country? When the Reps stand up and do something worthwhile and not only for a small group of elite people, I'll vote for them. And when the Dems actually stand for something and stop finger pointing, they'll get my respect back.

    July 6, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. Investment Advisor

    Where else do we put the blame? Enough with blaming Bush....Enough with blaming the policies of yesterday( the dems and their housing/mortgage qualifications were a big part of the problem)) ...Enough with the rhetoric as Pres. Obama bus tours through Ohio and yells louder about how he needs 4 more years. We are in the HERE and NOW and the policies of this administration are not working and they are not going to work. 80,000 jobs, one third which are temporary, is pathetic. We neeed to be adding 240,000 jobs per month to get this country back on track and it is not going to happen! Please spare the people the line" we can't return to the policies of the Bush years"....Please tell me who has indicated moving back to old policies??? Read my lips....If president Obama did not get this economy back on track in 4 years, he would be a one term proposition. I'm holding him to his word....lets move on and dust off the shelves with this tired excuse of an administration. Its about Jobs and these guys aren't getting it done!

    July 6, 2012 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. Sniffit

    "Fair is Fair
    Clearly, this is Reagan's fault. I mean Bush the elder's fault. I mean GWB's fault. I mean Bain's fault."

    Based on the GOP/Teatrolls' own rhetoric, the argument could actually be made, albeit only to shove it in your face: Both Reagan and Bush 1 raised taxes more than Obama. The numbers don't lie. In light of the GOP's/Teatrolls' essential argument...that we need to bring taxes on the wealthy down to zero in order to create jobs and a magical "free market" the regulates itself and makes everyone rich...please, do explain to the class how Reagan and Bush 1 enacting higher tax increases than anything Obama has done isn't at fault. Then we can move on to getting an explanation of why, if deficits and national debt are so bad, it's not the fault of the Bush tax cuts, which are mathematically, unarguably and proven to be the single biggest source of the current debt and deficit problems, why they are somehow not at fault and why we should repeat them by lowering taxes massively yet again. You've got your work cut out for you unless you're simply planning on preaching to your ideological choire.

    July 6, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. carsing

    The whole big-government, central-planning, spend like a drunken sailor approach is working out so very well. Let's keep electing Democrats and Republicans until we completely ruin the country!

    July 6, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  22. Andrew

    Let me get this straight, republicans ran on Jobs yet we haven't seen any. Our job growth was better before the republicans came into office in 2010. In other words, they have done nothing to help the job market grow. They have held up jobs bills, infrastructure bills, etc. Just to see the president fail. Wake up people, the republicans have nothing to contribute. They should either lead, follow, or get the heck out of the way.

    July 6, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. Darwin was right

    What great news for the Republicans. Gullible ignorant Americans will now vote for Romney so he can MAKE MORE TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH! As they say, "There's a sukr born every minute."

    July 6, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. AM

    Hey Four and The Door...the unemployment rate wasn't 5% when Obama took office...it was 7.8% and already on the rise. Don't you remember the crash while Bush was in office? Or that it was the Bush administration that started the bailouts with no oversight? Oh right, you don't want to remember that. Obama has problems, and isn't the perfect president but let's not corrupt everyone with false reports ok?

    July 6, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  25. Justin

    I blame Bush.

    July 6, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
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