September 5th, 2008
02:30 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain, Obama jump on jobs report

(CNN) - With the conventions over, the running mates picked, and 60 days to go until the election, Friday began a new stage of the presidential campaign. And it came with a big new piece of fodder for both campaigns.

The latest government jobs report, released Friday morning, showed unemployment at a five-year high of 6.1 percent.

Related: Jobless rate soars to 6.1%

"You would think that George Bush and his potential Republican successor John McCain would be spending a lot of time worrying about the economy, and all these jobs that are being lost on their watch," Barack Obama told voters at a campaign stop in Duryea, Pennsylvania.

Instead, he said, speakers at the Republican National Convention "didn't say a thing about what is going on with the middle class."

On the campaign trail, Obama has been working to link McCain to the unpopular president, and to convince voters that McCain doesn't understand the economic troubles facing them.

Some speakers at the Republican convention did discuss the middle class, and McCain promised economic improvements during his speech Thursday night, saying, "These are tough times for many of you. You're worried about keeping your job or finding a new one, and you're struggling to put food on the table and stay in your home."

McCain echoed those remarks Friday at a campaign stop in Cedarburg, Wisconsin - like Pennsylvania, a key swing state. "These are tough times. Today the jobs report is another tough reminder," he said.

He added, "All you ever asked of government is to stand on your side, not in your way. And that's what I intend to do. Stand on your side and fight for your future."

Unlike the day after the Democratic National Convention, when McCain's surprise pick of Sarah Palin for his running mate quickly shifted the media's attention to the GOP camp, Friday brought no major new curve in the race to the White House. But it marked the beginning of a new swing-state blitz, with both camps facing an exhaustive schedule in the coming weeks.

soundoff (219 Responses)
  1. Ken

    Well, I see others here have already put Ian in his place using facts, and his own candidates words. These [R] true-believers can't think their way out of a paper bag. It takes a real moron to attempt to defend his candidate by criticizing the veracity of those who are merely using the bragging words of HIS own candidate!

    On another thread, I read where someone couldn't wait to see Palin take on Biden in a debate about "big government" and "taxes". Are these [R] neo-tards serious? Their break from reality needs to be clinically diagnosed. If Joe Biden speaks about 'big government', it'll be about the one that THEIR [R] president and late congress gave us between 2000 and 2006. After REDUCING the size of government in the 1990s, we [D]s handed it over to those "small-gov't" [R]s who then proceeded to expand it by a quite significant amount....
    {homework for the [R]s: how much bigger (money or workers) is the federal gov't now than it was in the 2000?}......
    If Joe Biden speaks of taxes, let's hope he talks about the budget surplus that our last [D] president left us, only to have the [R] president and congress frivolously demolish it by giving huge tax breaks to the wealthy, all while the economy went south (twice in 8 years!!! - a record!!!) and 100's of billions are spent on an ill-defined [R] war with no end - all leading to budget deficits and record national debt.

    McCain and his trailer-trash running mate have quite a record to run on. But you neo-wits who haven't an intellectual cell in your head will mindlessly vote for those who call themselves conservative, merely for the feel-good effect of stepping in line to your cherished [R] demagoguery. YOU make America weak.

    September 5, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. Scott L


    What else is there to report?

    September 5, 2008 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. give me a break

    JImmy in California-- please what issues are Obama talking about could you name just one with any kind of specificity. Hope and Change is not very specific.

    September 5, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  4. Leta

    Jimmy sounds like an equal campaign between both parties there is a Sarah and a Obama SOCK PUPPET for everyone....Hey now there a button.......

    Chelsea spent more time at the White House then Hillary lets vote to make her President.........

    September 5, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. v.ananthan

    OBAMA has come so far because he can deliver good speeches written by good writers…

    OBAMA has to thank personally president BUSH for his success so far…..

    September 5, 2008 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  6. Scott L

    @Jimmy in California, if you think Obama and Biden are not following their speech writers, my friend, I think you are drunk on the Obama Flavor Aid!

    September 5, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    The economy has gone so wrong under Bush that it only SEEMS that Obama's tactics are socialist. If anyone could do anything to bring things back just to "Okay" in this country, I'd say "sign 'em up!" What is wrong with fighting for the "common folk". I heard in a news report that Cindy McCain's outfit the other night at the convention cost $300,000, that's HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of dollars on an outfit and accessories. Not gonna convince ME that old man McCain and the lady redneck are in touch with the needs of the regular people of this country.

    September 5, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  8. Spencer from VA

    90% of the time McCain has voted with GWB Ian. 90% of the time90% of the time90% of the time90% of the time990% of the time0% of the time90% of the time90% of the time90% of the time

    September 5, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  9. Deb

    and what exactly will McCain be doing at my side?

    September 5, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  10. Doug

    Palin's response to bad economy – "No abortions in case of rape or incest and no birth control!" John McCain isn't aware that there is an economy problem. He's too busy forgetting how many mansions he has.

    September 5, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. Ron

    democrats have voted in favor of bush policy over 70% of the time. they also control the house and the senate. why have they not come up with a solution instead of blaming the republicans?

    no way- no how – no Hillary, courtesy of Barack Obama

    September 5, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. Antione Bonner Lansing,Mi

    84,000 jobs lost in august wow, thats 84,000 more people on the uneployement line while John McCain talks like a wannabe reformer who didn't vote with Bush 90 percent of the time pleaseeeeeeee. It,s amazing watching these republicans squirm like earth worms running scared from their disasterous record. It would be funny if it wasn't so sad and desperate. The economy is not John McCain's strong suit unfortunely for the republicans it shows fortunely for the democrats it shows:-)

    September 5, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. Texico From Mexico

    howard your dumb....Regannomics never worked! its fact! Trickle down was a failure! Its fact! These facts are indesputible..the data backs it up! You repulicans are way off base when you think all the Dems do is tax you...its is fact that this country is better off economically with a Dem in office! People lie, but the math does not! Go read the book by the princeton prfessor...the numbers are right there!

    But I suppose the Republicans are use to Ma & Pa Kettle Math

    September 5, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. Tim

    Does Obama have any specifics plans himself ?

    He talks about what he want to do, but he have no idea on how to get it done.

    September 5, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  15. Yasriel

    If I were Obama's campaign, all I have to do is juxtapose Bush's convention speech of 2000 and that of McCain of 2008. I would show the economic destruction the Repubs have caused in that time frame. And I will play the tape of McCain saying he doesnt really understand economy.
    Then I would ask a simple question: "Can we really trust them again?"

    September 5, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. AVR

    What specifically does he plan to do to address the economy?

    He talks about preserving the Bush Tax Cuts.

    McCain was against the Bush tax cuts because he believed that they were giving too much money to the rich.
    Then he realized that he was the rich, and that the TAX CUTS WILL PUT ALMOST $400,000 IN HIS POCKET.
    Now he supports them. and asks Americans to fight with him to help him keep the taxpayers money, while the rest of America struggles.
    I guess he wants to money to keep the family's private jet fueled, and $500 italian shoes on his feet, and to pay the utility bill on his 8 houses.

    September 5, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  17. Scott L


    JOBS ____ DOWN _____ 6.1%

    ANY _____ QUESTIONS????

    September 5, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  18. Soldier 4 OBAMA

    McCain-Palin talks allot about WAR. The Iraq WAR is not an issue and where it is people supports OBAMA. Jobs, Economy, Healthcare and Education and the significant 4. OBAMA will be able to run laps around McCain because McCain is not talking about the issues, nor is Palin. I guess when you are a small town Mayor of a village of 7000, you really don't understand anything. Palin and McCain will not be become President. It is quite obvious that McCain select her for sinical reasons and she won't be doing any real work. He really killed his chances!

    September 5, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  19. James

    The current economic crisis is a result of republican rule in the white house the last 8 years and republican rule in the congress 10 of the last 12 years. The last two, if any republicans are honest enough to admit, have been a series of filibusters by the republicans to keep any legislation from being enacted.

    McCain has no plan. He doesn't understand the economy. His VP swicthed colleges over three times before she finally graduated in 6 years.

    That's who republicans want to rule the country.

    Besides, we all know McCain didn't want Palin.

    So, who is powerful enough to tell the republican presidential candidate who he can and can't pick for his VP??

    Who's pulling the strings if he really doesn't have the power?

    September 5, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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