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. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    Come on job creators, get to it. 100 million to waste on Robmey's failed campaign, yet no jobs. Taxes are at their lowest point in decades, the job creators have all the room they need to create.
    The GOP always says that the govt doesn't create jobs, so they can't blame our President.
    Of course if they were serious, they'd pass the jobs bill. But they aren't, so they won't, and the obstructionists will pay dearly this fall at the ballot boxes.

    July 6, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. Leroy

    In all the finger-pointing, nobody dares talk about how "the number of people entering the workforce is growing." If America had 250 million people rather than 315 million we have now, there would be no unemployment. Where are these people coming from? We need to start with this. Overpopulation also creates issues with water supply, enough food, and stress on the land. There are too many people flooding into the country, too many children born and more and more elderly who never saved for their retirement. All of them are competing for the same water, food and jobs.

    July 6, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. Bob

    Democrats blame Bush and Republicans blame Obama.

    July 6, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. mike

    Of course business es wont hire they cant wait to get Mr Obama out of office..they dont give a damn about the average American...wake up folks...

    July 6, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. Joseph

    Headline: Romney celebrates bad news.

    July 6, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. snoopycj

    @Four and the door: the unemployment rate was 7.8% when Obama took office and the US was losing 700,000 jobs a month. Now the US has been adding jobs each month.

    July 6, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. rs

    The GOP by behaving the way it does demonstrates that it is a full-service political party-
    It can wreck your economy
    Destry the Middle Class
    Halve the value of your retirement fund AND the stock market
    It can do absolutely nothing about jobs or the economy for four years
    It can actually announce their goal is to bring down the government
    It can lie,lie,lie,and lie some more
    It can rile up foolish conspiracies (Birthers and "Obama's gonna take yer guns")
    It can pass legislation like it's 1850 all over again, then-
    IT CAN COMPLAIN ENDLESSLY ABOUT HOW BAD THINGS ARE- and then promise you more of the same!

    July 6, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. Jim

    Hmm, in 2010, the RIght-Wing Conservatives swept into office promising "We will fix the jobs and the economy". Two years later, they have done neither. All of their budget proposals have included the decimation of social services. Hmm, mayeb they should look in the mirror about these attacks. And maybe they should look back at what then President-Elect Obama said. It's going to take time. It won't be quick. It's going to hurt. Because that's the real solution. Not tax breaks, not endorsements from the wealthy. It takes hard work and considerable time to fix things. There are no quick fixes. And by the way, better to add jobs than to lose them, like we were bleeding jobs under President Bush.

    July 6, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. Just another Nickel

    How much do you want to bet that Mitt Romney and Company are now offering a buyout of our country to some interested party....say perhaps China? I mean...that's what his experience brings us, another CEO ready to sell to the highest bidder. Naturally as he had put it, there are some companies that are not cost effective and sure...there will be jobs lost...but that's what it's all about...isn't it? Yes sir...I am beginning to believe that Romney is spearheading the sell of America...the ultimate parachute!

    July 6, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. kevin

    I agree with the comments that state that the republicans have blocked or slowed the recovery of this economy. It takes both the dems and repubs to clean-up this mess. You can't say NO! NO! and than blame the President.

    July 6, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  11. DDW

    Just how does the GOP expect to lower the unemployment rate? I don't hear any suggestions except, elect us and we will make things better. I don't buy any of it, what they will do is go back to their smoke and mirrors again, continue deregulation's, gut the EPA and funding for our public schools among numerous other government programs. Oh, I forgot they will expand our military so they can invade Iran. What I'm sure they will do is put America back on track towards 3rd world status so their handlers can pocket more profits. At least with Obama I know what I have, with Romney you have no idea as he changes his tune to suit whatever political wind is blowing.

    July 6, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. Edward Hall

    When you have these old Republican men in the senate and house, progress will never be made. These guys don't believe in change. They still thinl like they are in the 40s and 50s. I don't want to say they are racist but I am leaning towards that. This President has been disrespected and insulted by these group of old folks too long now. Enough is enough and putting your finger in a dead man's eye is dam provoking.
    Mr. President, God is on your side. With God all things are possible. Money is not all to it. The Republican will make up their own bed and sleep in it. You will be victorious in the name of Jesus. Let them raise billion of dollars, victory is yours. Prayers will make a difference not money.

    July 6, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. Sirned

    When the the rich set up companies abroad and pay 2.5% tax on their products shipped to the US and companies in the US get taxed 25% to sell thie products to China we have a war among Americans. call it class warfare. The rich making money abroad will fight tooth and nail to protect their 2.5% tax who wouldn't, but this destroys companies here at home that can't compete because they are paying 25% to sell their products abroad. So the rich that have outsourced will continue to defend Chinas 25% tax even while it destroys our economy and jobs here at home. This outsourcing will continue as long as Romney and his buddies who got filthy rich from outsourcing are in control........

    July 6, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. marty

    If the Republicans think that President Obama is such a 'failure', why not simply pass his jobs bill and let the citizens watch this 'failure' first hand. Actions sometimes speak louder than words.

    July 6, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  15. Smokey The Bear

    I tried to put out the fire that the Republicans started.
    They have shut off the water.

    July 6, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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