August 3rd, 2012
07:37 PM ET
2 years ago

Sununu: White House 'numb and dumb' on jobs report

(CNN) - As both sides of the aisle put political spin on Friday's job report, outspoken Mitt Romney surrogate John Sununu weighed in, calling the White House and advisers' comments on the report "numb and dumb."

"They're numb because they're insensitive to the 25 million people that are unemployed and underemployed. And they're dumb because they're deceptive," the Romney national campaign co-chairman said Friday on CNN's "The Situation Room."

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Sununu, the former New Hampshire governor and chief of staff to former President George H.W. Bush, continued, "There were 162,000 jobs created primarily by the artifact of a seasonal adjustment. There were 175,000 fewer people working last month than the month before. These people - if (President Obama) wants to brag about 163,000 phantom new workers, the 152,000 who lost their job are not very happy to hear what Mr. Krueger and the president have to say about trying to spin this as good news."

July's jobs report showed an increase in hiring in the private sector but also an increase in the nation's unemployment rate, which a 10th of a percentage point from 8.2% to 8.3% from last month.

Earlier Friday, Alan Krueger, chairman of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, touted the 172,000 new jobs in the private sector, steering away from the rising unemployment numbers.

Obama followed suit, highlighting the private sector portion of the report in remarks in Washington.

"That means that we've now created 4.5 million new jobs over the last 29 months and 1.1 million new jobs so far this year," Obama said at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Friday. "Those are our neighbors and family members finding work and the security that comes with work."

At a campaign event in Nevada - a state with unemployment numbers above the national average - presumptive GOP presidential nominee Romney said the report was a "hammer blow to struggling middle-class families."

"A lot of people are suffering in this country," Romney said. "I think it's an extraordinary failure of policy, a failure of leadership, and I think it's a moral failure for a country as successful and prosperous as our own to go now four years in a mode which feels to many people as a recession."

Sununu also defended the Republican candidate on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's allegations that an unnamed Bain Capital investor told him that Romney had not been paying taxes. Reid and fellow Democrats have been calling for Romney to release more of his tax returns, suggesting that the wealthy businessman may have something in his financial profile that he wants to hide.

Romney has made public the full 2010 tax return and an estimate for 2011, with a pledge to release the full year once it's complete. He filed an extension for an October deadline, refusing to release further tax documentation.

A loyal Romney aide, Sununu said the political conversation would veer away from distractions like Reid's comments as the public begins to pay more attention to the campaign - a shift that he says will happen about a week or two out from the Republican National Convention in late August.

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Filed under: Jobs • John Sununu • Mitt Romney
soundoff (189 Responses)
  1. jennifer in Houston

    Since when did a crook like Sununu have anything to say to the american people..

    August 4, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. The fact is

    If he thinks he is so smart, why doesn't he run?

    August 4, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  3. kel

    Su Nut Nut is a joke.

    August 4, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  4. Absolutely

    The unemployment rate goes from 8.2% to 8.3 % and Obama presents it as good news. Hmmm... Oh wait, it is good news FOR HIM – more people out of work means more people on the government ti t means more people will vote for the "free" milk provider. And people wonder why the rich look for loopholes when it comes to paying their "fair" share of taxes.

    August 4, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. CoJo

    what people forget is it was under 11 years of republican leadership that got us into this mess. And yet people want instant fix.

    August 4, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. Stu Steinberg

    John Sununu was terrible governor when I lived in New Hampshire and he is still a horrible person. He has never done a single thing in his life to make things better for working people, the poor, or the elderly. He and Romney share these traits in common. Romney's recent claim that he can create 12 million jobs in four years is simply a lie and he has not offered a single fact in support of how he plans to do this. His claim that more tax cuts for his wealthy friends will create these jobs is just a giant load. If this were true, then since the Bush tax cuts began in 2001, we would have created close to 36 million jobs–12 million every four years. If you are stupid enough to vote for Romney and actually work for a living and are trying to get ahead, feed, clothe and educate your children, you will be greatly shocked when you are unable to do these things under a Romney presidency. Mitt Romney has been the exact opposite of a job creator and went so far as to outsource jobs as Massachusetts governor that had foreigners explaining to Massachusetts citizens how to apply for food stamps. He did this by executive order and when the legislature passed a law making this illegal, Romney vetoed the bill.

    August 4, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. Ed1

    The private sector is doing just fine.

    August 4, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. r harris

    Sununu...youre just dumb...Period

    August 4, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. r harris

    Sununu...youre just plain dumb

    August 4, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Hillcrester

    Only one set of facts matters: we were losing 700,000 – 800,000 jobs per month when Bush-lite left office (Thanks a lot, legacy President), and have had 29 consecutive months of job growth up through July. That's a massive reversal.

    August 4, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  11. Sorensen

    Does anybody care what that old flop says about anything?

    August 4, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. Thomas

    As White House Chief of Staff, Sununu reportedly took personal trips, for skiing and other purposes, and classified them as official, for purposes such as conservation or promoting the Thousand Points of Light.. Sununu's jets "took him to fat-cat Republican fund-raisers, ski lodges, golf resorts and even his dentist in Boston.. Sununu had paid the government only $892 for his more than $615,000 worth of military jet travel. , Sununu said that his use of the jets was necessary because he had to be near a telephone at all times for reasons of national security.

    Romney / Sununu
    True American Fiscal Responsibility 2012

    August 4, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. g

    like mitt say,obama where are those jobs me and my friends sent overseas

    August 4, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  14. Mack

    It's ironic that the Republicbums are so concerned about the unemployment rate yet they are the ones that want to do away with unemployment benefits.

    August 4, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. Hal

    Alexithymic Mitt's bull-dog madly barking at the moon.

    August 4, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. ablubud

    The stock market's verdict on the Jobs Report was more credible than yours, Fat Boy.

    August 4, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  17. rosmarie lefebvre

    why dont that big mouth sununu keep his nastyness to himself ,he sure is no preis to listen to.he was always on angry person no humility ,just an angr hateful men.let stay where he is,and keep his mouth shot

    August 4, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. VernMc

    Sununu should be in prison, why would anyone listen to him?

    August 4, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. reztelps

    Why is everyone so concerned about Romney's personal finances? This is one person. I am much more concerned about the money of millions of tax payers, and the way the current administration and congress are spending our tax dollars I am not that concerned about how Romney earned or keeps his money but much more concerned about how Obama is spending mine.

    August 4, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. Jonah Moriarty

    Sunun is a little man with a big mouth- forced to resign in disgrace at the White House. Looking to get back after sitting at home for several years. Who cares what he has to say? Just a little man.

    August 4, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  21. rosmarie lefebvre

    well when you waych clintwood wifes tv show ,now you can see his losing slowly his mind to.to bad i used to think he was great,but the age must cralw slowely in his mind.we do not have to listen to those idiots.we sure hope and pray all the woman start thinking what happen if those idiots try to chance the voting system.
    bless the poeple the think with there minds and hearth

    August 4, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  22. Nameboo711

    the problem all started when clinton signed nafta. it should be illegal for a company to take good paying jobs and move them out of the country for cheap labor. obama talks about creating small business. this country cant make it alone with small business paying like minimum wage. we need the industry & the manufacturing jobs that pay $45-60k or our countries middle class will be over

    August 4, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  23. Jonah Moriarty

    ‎9,000 GOVERNMENT jobs lost in July effecting 9,000 families who would otherwise spent money in the economy supporting others jobs etc. etc. etc.. Mr. Sununu...

    Great job republicans on that whole smaller government thing! Now vote Mitt Romney and finish the workers off. So that's the republican plan in being job creators?

    Like Gore Vidal said " Fool the people into voting against their own best interests".

    August 4, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Sununu, like Romney, is just a mouthpiece for the bloodsucking rich. Careful, they'll eat your children for lunch. Bad words for everything dems try to do, and not an idea in the house between them. The worst America has to offer.

    August 4, 2012 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  25. Engorgio Penissio

    Jeez..where is the free Kool-aid??? Looks like all the LIBS are drinking it here and now! Sure what do Liberals care about jobs? Nothing, they are all getting EBT, Housing, Free Medical!

    August 4, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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