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%.

– Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker

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.

– Check out the CNN Electoral Map and Calculator and game out your own strategy for November.


Filed under: 2012 • Jobs • Republicans
soundoff (165 Responses)
  1. Mike

    They made the arrows point down.

    July 6, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. pork&beans

    Wish the Republicans would shut up their traps.
    What the heck have they done in four years instead of stall Government.
    I'd use harsher language, if i could.

    July 6, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. TAK

    Call me paranoid, but if big business wants Romney in the White House, wouldn't it stand to reason they would want to make the job picture look bad for him by not hiring people.

    July 6, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. Sirned

    Why again did we vote in Republicans in 2010? Oh yeah because they promised more jobs.....Congress makes the laws so Republicans should be mad at themselves....But blaming Obama is much easier than actually working to create jobs...

    July 6, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  5. amarjeet

    Republican contribution to job creation & national economy is zero. Since their majority & control of house, they just obstructed on going proposal & perception of Obama directly affecting generation of jobs & national economy. Obama still continued with broken support & still manipulated all obstacles to his & national advantages besides dealing with national tragic events. He has acted very wisely & with ingenuity on all defense commitment & commitment to more spending despite encouragement by people like Senator McCain for greater pitfalls. Republican have nothing to credit for Presidential election except NO to their performance and taking America back to 17 century conditions with moral support of Tea Party leadership.

    July 6, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  6. Andrew

    It must be Obama's fault. The GOP has been blaming him since before he entered office. In November (shortly after McCain told everybody the economy was fundamentally strong- right before it hemorrhaged jobs) they started to blame him.

    for the GOP it is always the blame game- then they complain when the Dems actually call them out on what they caused.

    July 6, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  7. T'sah From Virginia

    ►"Today's report shows the private sector clearly isn't 'doing fine' and that President Obama's policies have failed,"◄
    Actually, the "private sector" IS doing fine – they are sitting on TRILLIONS of DOLLARS and not hiring!!!

    Nothing can be that uncertain in the world – you know how things stand – you know what the regulations are – you know what the tax rate will be when it expires – and you know Health Care is here to stay – work around it and create JOBS – as simple as that. Like I said – the ONLY uncertainty is the private sector trying to figure out how to spend their trillions of dollars and still allow their CEOs to get fat bonuses and how they can use their profits to buy an election!!!

    We still have a long way to go but my faith still lies with President Obama.

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!!

    July 6, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    Flat jobs report on Obama
    But... but...

    "I" bet FIVE TRILLION of working TAX PAYERS $$$ on GREEN

    It's only $136,000 per working TAX PAYER
    who still has a job...

    July 6, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  9. John

    Better job growth this year than 5 of the 8 Bush years. Republican policies are working alright, their policiy of obstructing and blocking as much as they can and hurting the economy is working just fine. Our biggest enemy remains the GOP party.

    July 6, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. Johnson

    The jobs picture would have been much better had the GOP gone along with some of the jobs bills last week. The GOP did everything they possibly could to make Obama look bad.

    July 6, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  11. dssmith

    Romney called this report a "kick in the gut for middle class families"...kind of like he kicked middle class families in the gut when he and Bain lined their pockets by eliminating middle class jobs.

    July 6, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. MrJaz

    At least we're still adding jobs. Trust me when I say that it has nothing to do with Republicans that we're adding jobs at this time. They have tried to make Obama's Presidency a failure without a concern for jobs, middle class or working class. Where were the Republicans when Bush was losing jobs? They were defending Bush when he lost millions of jobs and the economy was going down the drain. Republicans were telling us not to worry... it would blow over. Yeah right... now we're still in the same mess but at least adding jobs and they're critisizing President Obama for adding too few jobs. Yes, I would like for the economy to recover faster but it's not realistic at the moment. Republicans love the slow recovery... it gives them something for their campaign. Thats all they've been worried about.

    July 6, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. Rafe Ingram

    To anyone who believes that restarting growth is possible, whether you pursued the most conservative or liberal policies imaginable, I have news for you: its not.

    The reason for this is basic math. We currently use 140% of the Earth's resources. This means we are finally bumping up against the physical limits of the Earth's capacity to support us, and as a result, "growth" will no longer be possible. To anyone interested in learning more about the end of growth, I would highly recommend the book "The Great Disruption" by Paul Gilding.

    Growth is at its end, whether or not we like it, and regardless of how hard we may struggle against it. The sooner we all come to accept this fact, the sooner we can get on with figuring out a new way to conduct our lives as a whole. Again, this is NOT the whimsical musings of some tree hugger, these are facts that anyone with a basic knowledge of math can see. I am in fact highly libertarian and have only recently begun to understand that growth is not going to continue.

    July 6, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. June

    What job bill the Republican have. If they had one. should it be able to pass in the house and we know about that job bill they claim they have.

    July 6, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. rs

    let's see:
    * The GOP brought us the recession of 2008 thanks to their "cut taxes and spend like mad" policies and budgeting, and their rampant embrace of de-regulation
    * After losing (big) to Mr. Obama, they vowed on his inauguration day to not work with him
    * 4 years later (and STILL not working with the President), they have managed to pass 120 birth control and abortion laws, but nothing that creates jobs.
    * Meanwhile, the GOP minority in the Senate has used the filibuster to stop all Congressional action more than twice as many times as in the history of the U.S. in the last 4 years.

    GOP- the party that thinks you will admire them for working against America. Delusion in action!

    July 6, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. Namejkane fl SEND THE THREE TIME LOSER romney HOME AND MAKE IT FOUR.

    Yah,a new direction,without the republicans throwing wet blankets over the economy HOPEING and working for no jobs,they will be out in Nov .

    July 6, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. Realist

    Under a gop economy, we've seen that the more successful a business is, the more profits it makes, the more cash in pocket that the ceo and board members earn... the more likely it is that the company will out-source jobs and decrease benefits and payroll.

    It's not dogma, we've all witnessed it. We've all felt it. How exactly is this supposed to work for America?

    July 6, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  18. Sniffit

    "The unemployment rate has increased by 65% since the day Obama took office in 2008 when it was at 5%."

    BLATANT LIE. The unemployment rate was 6.8% in November 2008 when he was elected and had already jumped to 7.7% in January 2009 when he took office, with projections of continuing massive monthly job losses into the future based on the ALREADY EXISTING state of the economy and recession. STOP LYING TO SUPPORT YOUR BS.

    July 6, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. DRAKE MALLARD

    Did Republicans deliberately crash the US economy?

    The answer is a definite "YES."

    The Republicans' 2012 election strategy is perversely brilliant: Sabotage President Barack Obama's job-creation efforts, then blame him for the wreckage. This strategy was in action the other day, when Mitt Romney assailed Mr. Obama on the stump. Mr. Romney said that "with America in crisis, with 23 million people out of work or stopped looking for work, he hasn't put forth a plan to get us working again."

    July 6, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. ObamaJoe

    GOP will lay off their employees very soon,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,you will see a wave of political lay off,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    July 6, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. ObamaJoe

    God bless America,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    God bless President Obama,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    July 6, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. ObamaJoe

    Darth is in Congress,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    July 6, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. Danger Will Robinson

    BULLSHIP ALERT.........

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

    July 6, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. Mike from Calgary

    The Republicans see their best hope for re-election is to obstruct, frustrate and hinder every effort to climb out of the financial crisis. the economic hole and the military quagmires that the last Republican Administration got the country into.

    Republicans squander the nation's opportunities and resources. Romney wants to get into a new phony Republican War in Syria, which would of course escalate throughout the whole regions, squandering the lives of more and more Americans in uniform (don't tjhink any of Romney's sons are serving the country in uniform are they) and squandering more and more dollars on the military.

    Why is the US Deficit so large ... look at the unbudgeted costs of the Wars initiated by Bush 43. Look at the jobs outsourced outside of the US. And Romney wants to repeat this cycle with new wars and arms buildups,

    What Romney says from one day to the next one can only guess ... but hey ROMNEY SURE LOOKS GREAT IN THAT CAYMAN ISLAND TAN, EH!

    July 6, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. Ryan in Miami

    Pretty ignorant and hypocritical on the part of the Republicans. Economists (and Republicans) know that the jobless rate is a LAGGING indicator, and is one of the last measures to really improve in an economic recovery. LEADING indicators such as the yield curve and housing starts, on the other hand, show that the economy is growing (namely the Yield Curve. Both political parties are hypocritical on this point, and both use the jobless rate to spin the story to make the economy appear worse (Democrats did it to Bush in '04, and Republicans are doing it to Obama in '12).

    July 6, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7